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  1. erivers

    Mooring out east

    How about River Island Marina at Isleham on the River Lark? Usually some spaces there at fairly reasonable rates. In Cambridgeshire but almost on the Suffolk border. River Island Marina, Isleham
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    Boat sunk, by Stag Party?

    I’m sure I also remember Bryan and Arcturus operating from Cassiobury Park in Watford in the early 1970s.
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    Boat sunk, by Stag Party?

    The complete text of the book is on the Basingstoke Canal Society's website. It's a great read. Basingstoke Canal Society Archive - Adelina
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    Middle levels, New Parliamentary Bill

    Yes Mike, it is available here: https://publications.parliament.uk/pa/bills/lbill/2017-2019/middlelevel/Middle-Level-Bill-as-amended-in-committee-Lords.pdf and a summary of the amendments here: https://publications.parliament.uk/pa/bills/lbill/2017-2019/middlelevel/OBC-Amendments.pdf There were also a number of enforceable undertakings given by the Commissioners: https://publications.parliament.uk/pa/bills/lbill/2017-2019/middlelevel/Middle-Level-Bill-Undertakings-by-the-Promoter.pdf
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    Middle levels, New Parliamentary Bill

    The Middle Level Bill (as significantly amended by the Opposed Bill Committee) passed its Third Reading in the House of Lords yesterday and will now be returned to the House of Commons.
  6. Although the aspiration to reopen the Little Ouse from Brandon to Thetford for navigation is very much alive and has great support from many quarters, including Thetford Town Council, Breckland District Council, IWA and EAWA it is not quite as easy as some might wish. There was a full, costed engineering survey completed in 2005 - AVAILABLE HERE - which showed that four new locks would be required and to make navigation possible for canal boats Brandon Lock would also need to be extended from its current 40 feet length. The most recent development was publication in September 2016 of the "River Little Ouse Waterspace Study" available from the Thetford TC website: http://www.thetfordtowncouncil.gov.uk/council/documents/ It's a pity that over the last year or so, the river between Brandon and Santon Downham (previously accessible to small cruisers) has become obstructed in places by fallen trees, removal of which no one will take responsibility for, and attempts by some 'nature' groups to re-wild the river by placement of large boulders to slow flows.
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    Stow Bridge Hump

    In 1725 Thomas Badeslade (referring primarily to the effect of Denver Sluice) wrote that in some places "the bottom of the Ouse had become as high as the soil of the Fens". He said that "the River Ouse grew up, and the sands increased more between Salters Lode and Stow Bridge than in any other part of the river, occasioned chiefly by Downham Eau (or St John's Eau) through which part of the waters that should have helped to scour away the sand were turned out of the Ouse for that length of way; partly by turning many of the waters of Nene through Tong's Drain and partly by keeping the sluice doors shut most part of the summer, so that no fresh water at all was suffered to come that way to help scour out the river beneath the sluice." In more recent times, of course, and since the completion of the Relief Channel in the early 60s, the problem has been exacerbated by further lack of flow through Denver Sluice (and indeed, for some misguided years a deliberate EA policy not to use Denver at all except in extreme flood conditions) and the diversion of fresh water to the Essex reservoirs.
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    In reality, Fenland District Council has created this problem through its own refusal to act for many years. The moorings have had signs advising a 36-hour limit but the council has never bothered to create byelaws which would enable them to enforce the limit. The only remedy that has been open to them is an action for trespass - a long-winded and probably expensive process. Unlike the EA's Anglian waterways where prior legislation on mooring prevents councils creating new byelaws, there has never been any reason why Fenland District Council should not do so. Byelaws can create a criminal offence and thus come with a great inducement not to be ignored. Instead, they have adopted a civil penalty scheme. It may work, but is much more likely to prove an annoyance to genuine visitors than a proper deterrent to those chancers who will always find a way to beat the system and will certainly ignore any Penalty Charge Notice placed on their boat in the full knowledge that enforcing payment will be next to impossible.
  9. Even the EA claim to have no data on river depths! However, they are required by the Anglian Water Authority Act 1977 to take such steps as are reasonably practicable maintain this navigation to the standards that existed preceding the Act in December 1975. They say they have no records of those standards in relation to depth but data from one of their predecessors, the Great Ouse River Authority from 1968 and 1976, shows the available draught (at minimum water levels) for the Brownshill to Hermitage stretch as 4ft 6ins (or about 1.38 metres).
  10. Short bursts of reverse regularly will help keep the props clear. If it's the boat I think it is, you might consider running on just one engine on the Old West, keeping the other as back-up just in case. As regards the filters, I think you have two Vetus raw water filters with nice clear lids. Just keep an eye on the flow and check and clean the baskets whenever you can.
  11. The tidal influence in this section is very limited and you will have no trouble with your draft. A bigger problem for you at the moment might be parts of the 10 miles of the Old West River from Hermitage Lock to the Cam junction. It is very, very weedy and your progress may be slow and involve lots of prop and/or raw water filter clearing.
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    Middle Levels - Temporary Mooring

    No, no. Quite the opposite. I support Fenland District Council's long overdue 'initiative'. However, to pretend it is something it is not will not be helpful to its succeeding in the long run. Unlike on the EA Anglian Waterways (such as at Ely) where there is prior over-riding legislation which prevents councils acquiring such powers, there is no reason why Fenland District Council should not make and seek approval for appropriate byelaws imposing fines for overstaying if it thought it necessary (and if it had the balls to do so!)
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    Middle Levels - Temporary Mooring

    No, not FINES. Fines require legislation approved by the Parliament or byelaws approved by the Secretary of State, not an "initiative". Civil Penalty charge notices may be issued.
  14. erivers

    Casiobury Park & The Grove - The Grand Union

    Absolutely perfect spot. You can enjoy the park itself with its lovely walks, one of which will take you almost into the heart of Watford's extensive shopping area. Or follow the towpath north through the Grove to see some interesting historical features - the kink in the canal which the Earl of Essex insisted on to avoid his estate and the unique bridges demanded so as not to spoil his view. Or head roughly west across the canal at Cassiobury, over the WH Golf Course and into the extensive Whippendell Woods. Perfect for pups. You won't be disappointed!
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    Middle levels, New Parliamentary Bill

    And a mighty fine job you have done, Mr. Moore, despite all the obstacles placed in your way! I agree that the exchange between Lord Thomas and an otherwise very competent and confident QC was pure theatre, the moment when the plot turned and it became clear to all, including said QC, that the MLC still had work to do. We hear lots of criticism of the House of Lords but the three Lords and one Lady on this Opposed Bill Committee have undertaken a very thorough examination of the Bill and demonstrated very creditable attention to detail and an impressive understanding of the contentious issues, far better than we saw in the earlier Commons' Committee. The Bill, if and when it finally receives Royal Assent, will be much improved thanks to their Lordships and Nigel.

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