Thursday, October 14, 2010
Well this is the press release from British Waterways, but what are the longer term implications for canal boat holidays?
British Waterways welcomes the UK Government’s announcement today (14/10/10) of its intention to transfer British Waterways’ inland waterways in England and Wales into a new charitable body. The move, promoted by British Waterways for the last 18 months, will be the biggest shake up of the waterways since nationalisation in 1948. It will attract new investment, secure jobs and give the public greater involvement in the running of canals and rivers.
The announcement by the Cabinet Office that British Waterways will be replaced with a new civil society body builds on recommendations by British Waterways for the establishment of a ‘national trust’ for the waterways, as waterway minister, Richard Benyon MP, explains:
Tuesday, October 12, 2010
PLANS for a 500-berth marina on a canal in South Yorkshire are set to win approval from planners tomorrow after changes were made to the scheme to make it more wildlife-friendly.Developers Waystone Ltd submitted plans to Doncaster Council several months ago for a marina project on the Stainforth and Keadby Canal at Stainforth, north-east of the town centre.
But those plans were withdrawn after groups including Natural England spoke of their concern over the effect of the massive building project on wildlife on the rural site and in marine habitats. If Doncaster Council's planning committee gives outline approval to the scheme at a meeting at the Mansion House tomorrow, further work will be carried out on the ambitious scheme.
Blueprints submitted to the authority show a marina with four newly-dug basins, which would provide pontoons with room for 500 pleasure boats, as well as a pub and restaurants, a visitor centre and shop units.
I'm not sure if part of the marina will be used by hire boat companies but just having 500 berths in one place is sure to create a focal point for canal boating in general and that includes holidays too.
Friday, October 08, 2010
THE first images were today unveiled showing how the Ratho area will be transformed into a thriving "canal village".
SPECTACULAR: An artist's impression of how the marina at the Mooring development will appear when completed
One day we will be having canal boat holidays in Edinburgh?
Thursday, October 07, 2010
Built in 1989
45 ft Traditional style narrowboat
2+2 berth (fixed double and convertable dinnette)
Shower and macerator pump-out toilet
35hp Barrus diesel engine (5 yrs old and 1150 hrs)
Webasto central heating (3 radiators)
1800W 240V power inverter (new July 09)
3 domestic & 1 starter battery
Gas cooker and microwave
Bottom blacked June 09
BSC to July 2013
Anchor and life jackets
BW canal and river license to end January 2011
Includes all crockery, cutlery, pans, etc
"Hop aboard and cruise away"
TEL: 07544893274or email: firstname.lastname@example.orgBoat available from the end of October 2010
This is quite tempting really, the sort pf boat that gets hired out for narrowboat canal holidays, but in this case for sale after having been used by a couple for six months. The boat looks immaculate , but was in fact built in 1989 so it's 21 years old and they do tend to depreciate with age, so at less than full length for just under £30,000 maybe a bargain, or it may be just a bit steep. Not sure about this one.
Tuesday, October 05, 2010
Historic Kennet & Avon Canal lock cottage for sale
Cobblers Lock Cottage on the left —viewed from Hungerford Marsh Lock.British Waterways is selling
Cobblers Lock House
near Hungerford by auction.
The cottage is alongside Cobblers lock on the K&A Canal and on the edge of Hungerford Marsh Nature Reserve.
No details of house are available at the moment — but auctioneers, Savills, say that full details will be posted on their website on Friday 8th October and the auction takes place on 28th October.