IWA Head Office Bulletin – February 2010 – Issue 159

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About People 

Professor James Anthony Kennerley has been appointed as IWA London Region Chairman with effect from 26th March.  There were no other nominations for the post, and so there is no need for a ballot. 

Luke Walker has been appointed as a deputy chairman to IWA’s Restoration Committee, in succession to Andy Screen, who retired from the committee in November.  Keith Noble remains the other deputy chairman of the Committee.
Edward Gittins, a consultant planner has been appointed to IWA’s Restoration Committee for an initial term of three years, and is available to help IWA branches and waterway restoration groups with specialist advice on long term planning matters that could affect waterways in their area, especially the Local Development Frameworks and the raft of documents that sit under them.
Brenda Harvey, – local government and partnerships expert, Steve Dunlop, - BW’s regeneration specialist in Scotland, and Diana Organ, charity leader and former MP, have joined the Board of Trustees of The Waterways Trust. More...

About IWA

Inland Waterways Conservancy – IWA has revised and updated its proposals for an Inland Waterways Conservancy in the light of recent developments by British Waterways with its proposal to move towards the third sector. The proposal for a Conservancy was first mooted by Robert Aikman on behalf of IWA in the 1950s and the new revision is intended to reflect the changes that have taken place since the original proposals were first made. The revised proposal is now available as a consultation document.

IWA’s web site is changing – A wholly new version of IWA’s website has now gone live.It has been designed to make it easier to use and provide better functionality for members and branches. IWA is currently in the process of transferring information from the old site to the new. One of the changes that visitors will soon notice is the way that this Bulletin is prepared and e-mailed. In future it will come from the website as an html e-mail. The new style Bulletin will be best viewed by allowing pictures to be downloaded.. Changing to this method answers many of the criticisms of the existing Bulletin. Notably, it avoids recipients’ accounts from believing that the IWA Bulletin is a spam message, which has caused problems in the past with communications to and from IWA for some members.

IWA National Waterways Conference.  IWA’s next National Waterways Conference will be held on17 April 2010. At Sandwell MBC Council House Freeth Street, Oldbury B69 3DE.John Edmonds had agreed to chair the event.  The linked topics will be Maintaining the Momentum for Waterways Restoration and Volunteer Development. More... To register to attend or receive more information please contact gemma.bolton@waterways.org.uk

 About Waterways

River Dee – Wrexham Council approves trolley recovery charges to help resolve abandoned trolley problems.

More from BBC News...


Derby Canal - A planning application has been submitted to Derby City Council to reopen the filled-in canal between Swarkestone and Sandiacre. A new marina could also be built.

More from BBC News...


Glamorgan Canal - Go-ahead to restore 200-year-old pump which used to supply water to the canal, but which has been disused for 67 years.

More from BBC News...  

Grand Western Canal - Displays showing designs for the proposed new visitor's centre at the canal basin are going on display for people to have their say.

More from Tiverton People...


Grand Union Canal – A wind farm project for Leicestershire is rejected.  It did not take into account its impact on the nearby Grand Union Canal Conservation Area, and would have had a detriment impact on Market Harborough.

More from the Leicester Mercury...


Kennet and Avon Canal - The Kennet and Avon Canal Trust has leased the 60 ft long Kenavon Venture from Ian and Sue Sharp of White Horse Boats. The boat can take up to 50 passengers.

More from This is Wiltshire...

Kennet and Avon Canal - New gates for 200-year-old canal. The gates, which were made at British Waterways' workshop at Bradley on the Birmingham Canal Navigations.

Not as erroneously stated in this article from the Times Online...


River Lee - British Waterways has completed a £216k visitor improvements' project on a one-mile stretch of towpath on the river Lee in Hertfordshire.



Manchester Ship Canal - Birds rescued after Manchester Ship Canal oil spill - An Environment Agency investigation is under way into the source of the spill at an industrial site near Eccles.

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Oxford Canal – Oxford City Council is  urged to buy the boarded-up Castle Mills boatyard site at Jericho in the city in a bid to resolve the impasse regarding the future development of the site.

More from the  Oxford Mail...


Regent's Canal - Plans for an £80 million scheme for 300 new homes next to London's Regent's Canal have been unveiled. Deutsche Bank has sold the two-acre site at Wharf Road

More from the East London Advertiser... 

Shropshire Union Canal - Residents are being invited to a series of talks to learn about the restoration and maintenance of Chester's historic canal.

More from Chester First... 

Thames and Severn Canal - The stretch of the Thames and Severn Canal, which is next to Inglesham Roundhouse and includes the junction with the Thames and the first lock has been gifted to Cotswold Canals Trust by British Waterways.

More from the Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard...

Other News

Developers ISIS would like get some boats down to Leeds Canal Basin in February and March and are willing to pay expenses. They want boats there during the week beginning 8th February for a photo shoot and for the 3rd/4th March for a launch event. If anyone is interested can they please contact: Hollie Reynolds Sales & Customer Care Manager hollie.reynolds@isis.gb.com. Tel: 07525 905 646

Flooding in parts of England in the summer of 2007 cost the economy £3.2bn, the Environment Agency has said.

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Award for volunteer who put his troubled young life back on an even keel - which includes him now skippering one of Dream Achievers' canal boats.

More from the Wharfedale & Airedale Observer... 

Film Star Keira Knightly has joined the canal boat fraternity and has rented a canal boat on a waterway in London's East End.

More from Marie Claire... 

IWA hosts 2010 Parliamentary Dinner


IWA’s annual Parliamentary Dinner to present the IWA Inland Waterways Parliamentarian of the Year  Award was held on Tuesday 2nd February at the House of Commons. This year IWA made a joint award to Michael Fabricant, MP for Lichfield and Bob Laxton, MP for Derby North.