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frangar

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  1. We have learnt a lot about embankments and cuttings since canals and railways were constructed. Chatting to a senior CRT asset engineer the other week it’s interesting to learn how much less steep the banks would be now if they were constructed to modern thinking. You only have to look at modern roads to see this. Without major land acquisition and reconstruction neither the canals or the railways to some extent will be immune from land slips.
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  3. Derek Pearsons boats in the background....he was living aboard in Audlem until quite recently..still have one of his chimneys in use...must be getting on for 30 years old now....wish I could get him to make me another!
  4. To get back on topic….. Ive read reports on farcebook that there’s been another slippage not far from the first….does anyone know if this is the case and if so how bad it is?
  5. It seems to be same here in Worcestershire but to be fair CRT were sensible.
  6. If it helps the property I’m buying has previously had to ask CRT for permission about a couple of planning issues regarding extensions and building work as it’s next to the canal in a conservation area. The correspondence in the planning file from CRT has been of a very positive and helpful nature with no undue petty rules etc. This is not in your area however but don’t be too afraid to ask. I have to say out of all the people I’ve had to deal with over the purchase of the property I’ve found CRT to be the most helpful and quickest to reply of all the official bodies….really can’t fault them so far. Personally I’d start with the area office and go from there to see where you end up. Also talk to the local planning people…they often offer a pre planning advice session. They may or may not charge but it’s good to get the local planning on side. A friend of mine who has a grade 2 listed house was rather crapping it when the listing officer visited but the chap was really helpful and offered all sorts of advice.
  7. I remember that too. Prob around 1997/98???
  8. Well ive got them from various motor factors over the years....some of us still run vintage cars!!...BL was still using them in the 70's & 80's
  9. They were quite readily available in halfords and other such car places....any decent motor factors should do one...Gulphers usually only blow a fuse if they are gummed up with something.
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  13. There was a rumour a few years ago that it was trying to slip on to the railway line next door....dont know how true this was if at all...but it is quite close and if so that wouldn't be a cheap fix. I would think either one of the chains or there is another private marina owner who has brought up another similar sized marina recently and now has a small portfolio of midlands marinas...not sure who their backers are mind you.
  14. It will be interesting to see what it sells for...as with all auctions the guide price is usually the lowest that would be accepted...Im guessing it will go for a lot more...prob around £1.5-£2m...unless there is something odd happening which there might be to sell through auction rather than via a business broker or agent...and of course there is the auction fees to add as well.
  15. Hes a little unique in many ways....apparently that whole site used to be a scrap yard before he brought it and built his house and sold the rest to a developer for the other houses....the owners of the scrapyard once had a bit of hospital equipment in and found one bit really hard to cut...turned out was a block of uranium or similar...and might now be buried on the land somewhere. The house also has a working periscope....taken from a royal navy sub that he knew was being scrapped.... Was a shame the house we were looking at all fell through cos I think he would have made a great neighbour!!!
  16. Fairly sure it's a bare hire....so you need to provide everything you need....and it might be a bit of a crawl underneath to do the base plate.
  17. He liked a tunnel....theres a tunnel from the house to the dock....he was thinking of a tunnel to the pub over the road....and had others planned....
  18. Came very close to buying a house a couple of doors down from him....hes a really interesting chap...had a tour of the dock and tunnels he was digging at the time...would have been around 2008-10...he was thinking of buying the express lift test tower in northampton at the time!
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  22. I do….she also acts as a hoover/washing machine/dishwasher….these multi use female machines are well worth having….not even that expensive to run if you pick the right model….
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