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:
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But those plans were withdrawn after groups including Natural England spoke of their concern over the effect of the massive building project on wildlife on the rural site and in marine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.
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?
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
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.
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.
BELIEVE it or not it’s a narrowboat, pictured by John Whitehead near Botany Bay on the Leeds & Liverpool Canal.
With John telling our Brian Holmes that after hearing about it he was so intrigued he went out to look for himself, telling us:
“It is indeed a strange vessel but to the trained eye definitely a narrowboat. It has no windows, no licence, no registration number and no name.”
Perhaps the latest method of licence evasion—disappearing when a British Waterways official comes into view! For surely the conning tower is too tall to fit under most bridges.
What to make of this, I do not know. I can only guess there’s a conventional narrowboat underneath there, and the owner(s) enjoy their privacy and security. For normal canal boating holidays I would recommend choosing a narrowboat with the large rectangular windows rather just the little round portholes, for better natural light below deck. Live aboarders sometimes have different priorities.