On 15 November 2016 Chris Grayling, Secretary of State for Transport, announced the letting of contracts for Phase 1 of HS2, enabling works in advance of Royal Assent for the Phase 1 Bill, worth up to £900m. At the same time he announced the publication of "a command paper and accompanying maps, setting out the full detail of my preferred route for the HS2 Phase 2b route". This is the long-awaited response to the consultations responded to by IWA and others in February 2013, when we outlined our concerns over the impact on inland waterways. Examples included the Chesterfield Canal, where the route ran over a section of already- restored canal, and the Aire & Calder around Woodlesford where the rail route ran along and over the navigation without allowing sufficient clearance for the existing commercial traffic, let alone the Euro 2 expansion CRT were aiming for. Happily these two examples seem to have done better in these latest announcements - subject of course to the outcome of the consultations. However other canal crossings have come off worse, as the route has been altered to avoid difficult ground conditions or other issues. IWA will prepare a response at a national level, and work with branches and canal societies and restoration trusts in conjunction with CRT and other navigation authorities to influence the outcome of HS2’s consultations.
These are the consultations announced on 15th November, with a closing date of 9 March 2017:
1. HS2 Crewe to Manchester, West Midlands to Leeds: Route Refinement Consultation 2016- seven specific changes to the previous (2013) route. This is the main consultation, and relates to:
On the western leg:
On the eastern leg:
2. HS2 Crewe to Manchester, West Midlands to Leeds: Property Consultation 2016: This consultation is seeking views on the various property compensation and assistance schemes the Government is proposing for people affected by the plans for the Phase 2b route, from Crewe to Manchester and West Midlands to Leeds.
The ‘Preferred Routes’ announced by the Secretary of State are not specifically out for consultation, but include a number of inland waterway crossings in addition to those in the ‘Design Refinement’ consultation above. IWA will study these in detail and include any references or concerns where possible in the Design Refinement consultation, or otherwise raise them with HS2.
IWA, CRT and impacted canal societies will also continue to discuss the detailed changes to collate our views and open discussions. The current information issued comprises plans of routes on an Ordnance Survey background with elevation and general layout details but relatively little else, and there is more information in Route Engineering Reports which may provide further useful detail.
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IWA will be at London Boat Show talking about our campaigns and selling our ever popular memberships, books, maps and guides. If you are planning a vist to the Show we can share a special exhibitor only ticket discount with you. Tickets can be purchased for £12 valid on any one day between 6-15 January 2017 (Gate price is £27 on preview day and £22 for normal days).
Use IWA's special ticket offer code - EPTOM8DRPJ. Buy your tickets for the 2017 London Boat Show now and remember to use our code.
Photo: IWA at the 2016 London Boat Show - do come and see us in 2017
On 23rd April 2017 Matthew Rogers will be taking on the ultimate running challenge by participating in the London Marathon on behalf of IWA. There were a number of applications for the coveted place but Matthew was a strong candidate with six marathons behind him already! This will be his first time in the famous London event though.
Matthew has been interested in canals since the age of twelve, following a family holiday on the waterways. He was finally able to purchase his own narrowboat eight years ago - a 30 ft boat named 'Spider.' Matthew was Chair of Trustees for Friends of Cromford Canal for 15 months and a committee member for two further years. As a keen advocate of their work, all the money Matthew raises will go to IWA's Waterway Recovery Group to allow IWA to continue supporting restoration projects around the UK.
You can stay updated with Matthew's training and progress on his Facebook page or read more about Matthew's marathon story and donate by visiting his Virgin Money Giving page.
Photo: Matthew Rogers in action
Following on from the appeal in the early October edition of Bulletin, a number of people made contact to let us know what happened to the narrow boat Beatrice after it had been used for IWA campaigning activities while in the ownership of Peter Scott, the naturalist and early IWA member (later Sir Peter Scott) in the early 1950s. It was apparently Robert Aickman who encouraged Peter Scott to buy Beatrice.....
Photo top left: CRT Photo Archive - Beatrice leaving Spencer Abbot boatyard in 1949
Photo top right: Grundy Family Archive - Beatrice in Market Harborough 1950
Photo bottom centre: CRT Photo Archive - Beatrice at Little Venice in the 1970's
For more information about Sir Peter Scott go to IWA's history webpage.
Come and join the team responsible for mounting one of the country’s most successful and best attended waterways and community events. IWA Canalway Cavalcade has been held in the heart of the capital at Little Venice since 1983, over the three days of the May Day Bank Holiday
We are looking for enthusiastic IWA members in the following areas:
If you’re interested in any of these vacancies or have a few hours to spare before or during the event please contact:
Or telephone: 07788 204442
Photo: It's people that make Cavalcade special
IWA is searching for a location and organiser for the 2018 National Trailboat Festival. To find out what is involved and what facilities are needed go to the IWA festival planning webpage.
In the past few months IWA Northamptonshire Branch has held five work parties carrying out improvements on the adopted section of the Northampton Arm such as: removing fence rubbish from Lock 1; painting locks and clearing the by-pass weir and channel; collecting over 40 bags of rubbish; working at Town Moorings, Northampton clearing vegetation; pulling various shopping trolleys, bicycles and other metal rubbish from the river front; using two tonnes of aggregate to fill in potholes; and planting approximately 1000 spring bulbs
North Staffordshire & South Cheshire Branch met at Red Bull, Kidsgrove, Lock 42 on the Trent & Mersey Canal on Thursday 17th November. Six willing volunteers devoted the morning to litter picking on the Macclesfield Canal loop around Lock 42 and filled six large bags full of rubbish.
IWA members in Somerset were asked to support the Bridgwater & Taunton Canal by voting in-store at Tesco for a project which has successfully raised £10,000 to restore the waterway’s historic pillboxes as part of Tesco’s ‘Bags for Help’ campaign.
CRT is leading the project which will see the repair of these Second World War structures. Volunteers from IWA’s West Country Branch will be involved with the conservation work, which could well be an on going work routine.
Pillboxes are a common sight along the canal, after lines of the characteristic concrete structures were built during the Second World War as a defensive line against a German invasion. Manned by the Home Guard, the pillboxes guarded all the canal crossing points and are today poignant reminders of the period when an invasion was expected at any moment.
The ‘Bags for Help’ scheme, which is run by Tesco and environmental charity Groundwork, uses the proceeds generated from the sale of carrier bags in stores to create or improve green spaces in communities.
Photo courtesy of Janet Richardson, Towpath Talk - Pillbox on Bridgwater & Taunton Canal
A productive work party was held by IWA Peterborough Branch on 30th November. Seven volunteers carefully removed 50 metres of brush and overhanging trees from Horseways channel which is the approach route to the section of Horseways channel and Welches Dam Lock. The north side, under EA management, is heavily overgrown and due to the amount of wildlife inhabiting the bank, the clearance has to be undertaken with hand tools and light mechanical equipment. The owner of the approach, the Middle Level Commissioners maintain the south side in good repair.
Further work parties will take place on Wednesday 14th December, 11th January 2017, 25th January 2017, 8th February 2017 and 22nd February 2017. There will also be a weekend work party on 25th & 26th February 2017.
Three volunteers with two CRT staff attended the work party on 6th December to install additional mooring rings at the site of the Dutton breach repair & close to Barnton tunnel on the Trent & Mersey Canal. As a result of trees that were cleared to enable the breach repair, Dutton has become a popular mooring spot with beautiful views across the Weaver Valley and towards the Welsh mountains. Some rings were installed at the time of the repair but popularity meant that more were required. An additional 16 rings were installed so that there is now a length of 200m with mooring ring provision.
Between Barnton & Saltersford tunnels the safety bollards which mark the edge of the canal for road users were being ripped out by boats using them to moor. The work party installed 10 rings close to the Barnton tunnel as holding moorings and a further three rings to supplement the mooring provisions in the basin between the tunnels. This latest work party has been possible as a result of additional rings provided by CRT, in recognition of the mooring improvements already delivered by the Cheshire Ring Mooring Project.
Photo: Two volunteers, Jim & Dave with CRT volunteer coordinator, Ash, installing rings at Dutton breach site.
IWA is organised through a network of eight Regions and 33 Branches across the country. To find a Branch near you click on this link which will take you to information about the Branches, their newsletters, contacts and the local waterways in their area.
Following the campaign to retain the landmark Clock Warehouse and signage on the Trent & Mersey Canal in Shardlow, which was covered the Late November Bulletin, an update has been received from Marstons following representations from the public. Their Area Operations Manager has announced that the company had changed its mind and would retain the name The Clock Warehouse. He said "We will be keeping the name of the Clock Warehouse and not changing it as originally planned. We have listened to our customers and our community and have taken your views on board."
Marstons had already previously agreed to put back the sign 'Navigation from the Trent to the Mersey' so IWA's Nottinghamshire & Derbyshire Branch is delighted to announce the success of this campaign to preserve the look of this heritage site and would like to thank everyone who made direct contact with Marstons. Photo by Robin Dengate Photography: The Clock Warehouse, Shardlow
The Chesterfield Canal Trust has heard that it is a finalist in the bid for a grant from the Aviva Community Fund for an archaeological dig in Staveley next summer. The results will be anounce on 10th January 2017.
The Last Cuckoo Project is a community history and archaeological project with a focus on the Chesterfield Canal at Bellhouse Lane, Staveley. The canal basin, now a small, insignificant patch of overgrown wasteland was once a thriving industrial complex with wharves, tramways, gas works and a lost, unique Chesterfield Canal narrowboat (cuckoo). The map record and tales of a buried cuckoo mark Bellhouse Lane basin as an important and interesting place worthy of archaeological investigation in order to document, record and understand fully the function of this once thriving industrial complex.
In spring 2017 the canal trust proposes to undertake a detailed analytical study of the history of the area, with the intention of involving the whole community by collating maps, Chesterfield Canal Company data, historic photographs and collecting and compiling oral histories.
During August 2017 it is hoped that excavation and recording of the basin area and the locating of the cuckoo will take place .
Windfall Films have been commissioned to produce a second series of the TV programme My Floating Home. In the first series, aired on More4, the projects featured ranged from floating homes - static with no engine, to traditional houseboats, custom-built canal boats and self builds. One unusual vessel featured was a 70' by 12' wide beam in Nottingham which needed an extra large water holding tank as the specification included a bath for the master bedroom. Photos by Windfall Films: A floating home complete with utility room and bath
Due to the popularity of this first series, the production team are now looking for an interesting, technically challenging new build or substantial conversion that will be starting soon. The plans should be unique, with unusual elements, locations or construction techniques. Planning permission and mooring agreements should be in place to be eligible for this opportunity. The person applying must be aiming to live on the vessel themselves and should be willing to be filmed on a regular basis.
The programme will be following the project from inspiration, design, construction and location together with everyone involved. To be considered for My Floating Home apply by emailing Windfall Films.
If you like the idea of living afloat have a look at IWA's web pages for ideas and guidance.
A 180 metre section of the Lichfield Canal which has been recently restored proved invaluable when Storm Angus and intense rainfall hit the south side of the city last week.
Lichfield and Hatherton Canals Restoration Trust has been working closely with EA to allow water to be stored within the canal , but the extreme water run-off from Storm Angus resulted in the canal pound being filled in only a few hours, delaying the arrival of the floodwater peak downstream and reducing the flood risk.
Regular walkers along the adjacent Heritage Towpath Trail, which also forms part of the Heart of England Way, were amazed at the sight of the canal pound filled with water for the first time in over 50 years.
The Trust’s engineering director Peter Buck said: “Making space for floodwater and in particular natural flood management within the restored Lichfield Canal infrastructure has been a goal of the Lichfield and Hatherton Canals Restoration Trust for some time and is in line with recent government recommendations. The Trust will continue to collaborate with both EA and Staffs County Council flood risk team to ensure the Lichfield Canal plays an important and integral part in the floodwater management plan for the south of Lichfield to reduce flood risk downstream."
“This storm has demonstrated the benefits of storing flood water in this one pound of the Lichfield Canal and further contribution the completed canal will make when it is fully restored.”
The floodwater from Storm Angus stored within the canal pound is now draining down naturally through a temporary pipe, pending agreement of the final control structures with EA.
Photo by Bob Williams: Lichfield Canal’s Pound 27 after Storm Angus
Under new rules boaters on Thames Visitor Moorings have to register their arrival by phone or online and a private firm has been contracted to implement the regulations. Failure to follow the new rules could result in a £60 fine. During a 12 month trial which has just started a private company, Thames Visitor Moorings, has taken over responsibility for managing the moorings' use and for collecting fees at 21 of the 22 visitor sites currently operated by the agency.The company will carry out spot checks along the non-tidal river.
At present, boaters must register their arrival with the duty lock keeper, who can also take cash payments for any fees due. EA says this can cause problems if the lock keeper is off-duty, working off-site, busy with other duties, or if the boater doesn’t have any cash to hand.
EA said :"The new arrangements are expected to boost the income we receive from visitor moorings and improve the ability to monitor usage and take enforcement action if necessary."
The move comes three years after the agency introduced stricter rules based on private car park regulations at its moorings which allow a first night's mooring free of charge and a further two nights at £5. After that the charge is a £100 per night.
For more information on Thames Visitor Moorings click here. EA short stay visitor moorings at 22 locations are listed here.
CRT is reporting that more boaters than ever before are taking up moorings for the season, with the number of winter mooring permits sold rising 15% year-on-year to 522 (2015: 454 permits).
The Trust picked a range of winter mooring sites across the country to offer boaters a choice, which took into account boaters’ feedback on last year’s winter mooring spots. This collaborative approach has meant that this year winter moorings have been taken up at 104 locations.
Winter moorings provide a service for boaters who may not want to cruise as the nights grow longer, the weather can be uncertain or there may be maintenance stoppages. The proceeds from winter mooring sales go back into the waterways and this year £250,500 has been raised so far (2015: £183,000).
Winter moorings are available until 31 March 2017, and a list of the sites and prices can be found on the CRT website. Bookings for the winter moorings can be made through the Trust’s boat licensing site.
Canal enthusiasts from the Shropshire Union Middlewich Branch Adopters celebrated their 100th volunteer canal work party, notching up 4,900 hours of volunteering, on Saturday 19 November with a special cake, followed by vegetation clearance at Aqueduct Marina, Church Minshull, Cheshire.
The group was formed in April 2014 and even at the start the Adopters entered the record books by adopting five and a half miles of the Shropshire Union Canal Middlewich Branch from Barbridge Junction to Church Minshull in South Cheshire – the longest adopted stretch of canal in England. Most adoption groups look after a mile or less. In just over two and half years, their numbers have grown to more than 50 volunteers, with around 25 men and women regularly turning out to help with each organised activity.
Work has included towpath and canalside maintenance, vegetation control, painting and repairing locks, helping boaters, litter picks, adding waterside picnic tables, benches and barbeques, and planting fruit trees and shrubs. Their ‘Clean for the Queen’ event in March resulted in a massive 12 mile litter pick from Calverley to Middlewich, involving 35 volunteers including Nantwich cubs. A major hedge-laying project near Venetian Marina was runner-up in the Trust’s national Living Waterways Awards 2016.
Photo: 100th working party celebration at Aqueduct Marina, Church Minshull, Cheshire. (LtoR) Front row: Robert Parton (Aqueduct Marina), Graham Russell (SUMBA organiser), Wendy Capelle (CRT local waterway manager), Michael Haig (IWA), Sue Russell (SUMBA).
CRT has today published its annual report into the state of the waterways heritage. Despite the devastating floods in the winter of 2015 progress had been made. As part of the £43.7 million spent on inspections and works to its waterways in 2015/16, the Trust carried out works on 194 listed or scheduled canal structures.
CRT's record in conservation and legal compliance has been recognised with continued progress with Historic England and the Department for Communities and Local Government towards a National Listed Building Consent Order. The Order, the first of its kind, would allow the Trust to make repairs to its masonry and brick structures without having to gain individual consents, allowing repairs to be made more quickly and saving both time and money.
The Report takes a closer look at the number of the Trust’s assets that are on the Heritage at Risk registers. In the past year, James Bridge Aqueduct in the West Midlands was removed from the register after a programme of repair work. However the floods saw Stainton Aqueduct on the Lancaster Canal added, meaning the number of assets on the register remains stable at 24. There is positive news for the future as work progressed at Soulbury Pumphouse on the Grand Union, the Birmingham Roundhouse, Saul Junction Lock and Fox’s Kiln at Gloucester Docks, and several of these could be removed from registers in 2016/17.
Incidents that affected waterways heritage were down 25% on the previous year, with just under 800 recorded. The most common cause of damage was vandalism (38% with just under half involving graffiti), while a similar number of incidents involve damage caused by boats (34%) and 16% were caused by vehicles striking historic structures and, in particular, bridge parapets.
The Waterways Heritage Report is available on the Trust’s website.
The Broads Authority are looking for a Director of Operations which is a senior role in the management of one of the finest and most important landscapes in Britain, the Broads National Park. The Director of Operations brings together all the practical work of the Broads Authority, integrating the conservation of the natural environment with its enjoyment by the public and the maintenance of the navigation area.
The closing date for applications is 5pm on 30 December 2016 and interviews will be held at Yare House, Norwich on 25 January 2017.
An application pack can be found on the Broads Authority website. If you would like to discuss this post prior to submitting an application please contact Lucy Pointer, Head of Human Resources on 01603 756023.
To find out what branch activities and working parties are going on in your area have a look at IWA's events calendar. By volunteering for these clean up events you can make a big difference to your local waterway. You can also search by event type or find out what's going in on your area with the map search.
To advertise your restoration/cleanup events in the bulletin please add details to IWA's events calendar
The following special offers are now available exclusively for IWA members:
ABC Boat Hire - 15% discount on holidays (Direct Bookings Only)
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Kings Lock Chandlery – 5% discount on purchases excluding all fuels (diesel, gas, coal, wood, etc)
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Midland Chandlers - 5% discount
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Willowbridge Marina - 10% discount on chandlery purchases and services in the yard
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River Canal Rescue - up to 15% discount
Wavetrain Marine - 5% discount on selected training
Please note: All discounts and offers are entirely at the organisers' discretion.
To see details of how to take advantage of these offers, please go to the IWA Members discount page.
For IWA members who receive a printed copy of this bulletin in the post, please contact the membership team on 01494 783453 for the details of the offers.
Members can also support IWA with a Narrow Boat magazine subscription
IWA has an arrangement with insurers Navigators & General and River Canal Rescue that provides top quality boat insurance and access to the basic waterway rescue service for boat owners, with the added benefit that every policy taken out and subsequently renewed helps IWA, and thus furthers our charitable work for the waterways.
See more information about the IWA insurance scheme for boaters
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