Trent and Mersey Canal south-east of Dutton, Cheshire
The canal passes through Garden Wood, about a mile and a half from Dutton. © Copyright Roger Kidd and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence.
Staffordshire canal users asked to help keep crime down
Posted: 28 Mar 2012 07:47 AM PDT
Police in Staffordshire have unveiled Canal Watch, a new campaign to help keep the waterways safe.
Those who sign up to Canal Watch will be able to report suspicious activity and find out about any incidents on the waterways in their area.
They will have access to the Owl Online Watch Link system currently used by Neighbourhood Watch groups. If incident hot spots are identified police and Police Community Support Officers will help British Waterways officers patrol them.
The mid-Staffordshire scheme is being launched by Staffordshire Police next week. It follows the launch of a similar scheme in South Staffordshire in March 2011 which has proved a success.
Louise Jones, the Staffordshire Police Canal Watch co-ordinater, said:
“Our neighbourhood officers and PCSOs routinely patrol the canal towpaths but as we have such a large network we want to encourage members of the public to keep an eye out for any suspicious activity near canals.
“The towpaths are often used by dog-walkers, joggers and people fishing and it is these regular users who can help us continue to keep crime on towpaths and canals low.
“The scheme allows members to access and share information on reported incidents in their area by email, text or by visiting the Canal Watch Facebook page – they will also receive advice and guidance on crime prevention.
“This official launch is taking place at the busy Aston Marina and we welcome anyone who is interested to pop down and have a chat.”
This is the canal seen from Aston Lock (No No 26). The recently built Aston Marina is just visible on the left. © Copyright Roger Kidd and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence.
Get involved with the Waterways Partnerships
Posted: 26 Mar 2012 01:50 AM PDT
Last year, the Government announced that British Waterways would transfer its canals and rivers to a charity, the Canal & River Trust. The Canal & River Trust will be up and running in 2012.
The Canal & River Trust is setting up 13 Waterways Partnerships and following the recent recruitment of five new chairs the search is now on to find members for these Partnerships.
Each Partnership will consist of 8-12 Members. Members will work closely with their chair and waterway manager to develop an overarching vision for the Trust’s waterways within the Partnership area and develop strategies and plans to encourage more people to use and get involved with their local waterway.
We are now recruiting for Members for the following Partnerships:
• North East
• Central Shires
• East Midlands
• South East
The roles are voluntary with expenses paid and will involve approximately 2-4 days a month of your time.
Ravenshaw Wood is to the left (south) of the canal here. © Copyright Roger Kidd and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence.
Trent and Mersey Canal
The Trent and Mersey Canal is 93•5 miles in length from Derwent Mouth to Preston Brook. The first cut was made by Josiah Wedgwood in July 1766 at Middleport (Stoke-on-Trent). The eastern section between Derwent Mouth and Shugborough (the junction with the Staffordshire and Worcestershire Canal) was already operational by 1770 and the whole canal through to Preston Brook, where it linked with the Bridgewater Canal was open for business by 1777. James Brindley was the engineer until his death in 1772. There are seventy-six locks en route to raise and lower the water level where hills impede the course. There are four tunnels, including the famous Harecastle Tunnel near Stoke-on-Trent.