Boaters' Update 7 May 2021

This latest edition has details of an online ‘book of condolence’ that has been set up following the tragic loss of our colleague Clive Porter. You'll also find the latest news, stoppages and information on forums in the West Midlands and Wales & South West regions.

A boat about to cross the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct Boating on the Llangollen Canal

Welcome to the latest edition.

Clive PorterThank you to all those who got in touch following the tragic loss of our colleague Clive Porter. We are all shocked and distressed at the loss of Clive. A man has been remanded in custody following an initial court hearing earlier this week.

The Trust is in touch with Clive’s family and will do everything possible to support them. At the right time, we will also discuss how we can make a lasting tribute to Clive.

Today an online ‘book of condolence’ was set up for waterways friends, colleagues and the wider canal community wishing to pay their respects.

The routine round-up of news and stoppages can be found below along with details of forums in the West Midlands and Wales & South West regions.


In this edition:

News round-up

Recently you may have seen that:

  • 27 Apr – A major project, costing around £3 million, to repair a breach on the Aire & Calder Navigation is underway.
  • 30 Apr – Towpath surface improvements by the River Weaver, connecting Hartford Blue Bridge to Saxons Lane and further on towards Hunt’s Locks Park, have now begun
  • 1 May – Curbs on the sale of house coal and wet wood for household burning in England have come into force under new rules aimed at cutting air pollution.


Regional forums for boaters and others

Everyone who visits, goes boating and/or lives on, the waterways of the West Midlands is invited to our regional forum, to be held online on Tuesday 25th May, 5:30pm – 7:30pm. Hear from our regional and national experts on how we’re looking after our water, wildlife and other precious resources. Join discussions on dredging, heritage, boating and events.

If you are interested in attending, you can register online. Once registered you will receive an email confirmation with the link to connect to Zoom on the day of the event.

As well as the forum you’ll be able to talk to the local team about boating, licensing or the maintenance of your local canal at two pilot ‘surgeries’ we’re running on the West Midlands network soon. We’ll be at Bratch Locks on the Staffs & Worcs Canal on Weds 12th May, then at Hawkesbury Junction near Coventry on Weds 16th May. Call in on us at any time between 10am and 2pm and we’ll be happy to have a chat and answer any questions you may have.

Later in the month, on 20 May, the Wales & South West team will also be holding an online forum. More details will be added to this page once confirmed.


Maintenance, repair and restoration work this weekend

As someone who’s out on, or by, the water more often than most, you’ll know that there are times when we need to fix things that unexpectedly break. So, below, you’ll find a list of anything that’s happening that may affect you if you’re planning to get out on your boat this weekend:

When any restrictions to navigation happen, we get them up on to our website as soon as we can – always best to have a scan before you set off. You can set up your smartphone to automatically notify you if a notice is issued for a canal or river that you’re interested in. Check out this guide to setting it up.

If you have any questions about a specific closure, or spot an error in our system, please just get in touch.


Last date edited: 7 May 2021

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