Meeting and Festival
Come to our
on Wednesday 22nd June and to the
East End Canal Festival on Sunday 26th June.
Save Bangor Wharf!
Bangor Wharf is in serious danger of being transformed from a dormant wharf into an intensively developed housing site. This could ruin the charm and character of a popular quiet, green section of the canal and could scupper any attempts by future generations to use the canal for its intended purpose. Click
here to find out about the plans and how you can help.
Planning alert - Vodafone eyes up rooftop in Conservation Area.
See article in the Hackney Citizen and click
here to find out how to object.
Camden Council approves controversial design at King's Cross
here to see some press cuttings.
Bangor Wharf under threat
Bangor Wharf is in an ideal location to serve the canal but its unique features have been overlooked by Camden Council and the site's owners. This a missed opportunity for a road/water interchange. Click
here to see what the developers have in mind.
Another fight to save Holborn Studios
We are helping to save some industrial buildings and a renowned photographic studio complex from an aggressive social and cultural cleansing plan. Click
here to view the plans and objections.
Revive Dead Dogs Basin (Camden Market)
We are trying to save a dormant basin from being constricted by a proposed development. Click
here to find out why we are doing this and how you can help.
Childhood on London's Canals
Do you live on a narrow boat on London's Canals? Are you between 9 and 14?
If so then the London Canal Museum would like to hear from you. Click
to find out about their Childhood project.
Hackney Council has received an aggressive proposal for redevelopment of Canalside Studios in Orsman Road.
At our public meeting on 13th May we agreed to submit an objection to this plan. Details and illustrations are available
Enough is enough! Save the canal's landscape from further redevelopment
Vincent McCartney (founder of Holborn Studios) has asked the Canal and River Trust to oppose development of commercial, occupied premises along the canal. See the
that he read out to the user forum on 15th April.
Open Day at Holborn Studios (14th March)
Have you ever wondered what goes on behind scenes at Europe's largest photographic studio complex? See for yourselves on 14th March,
when the Friends of Regent's Canal will be manning a stall at the Holborn Studios
. Between Packington footbridge and Sturt's Lock. N1 7ED.
Thinking of buying a boat?
If so, then make sure that you understand the constraints as well as the benefits, especially if you are thinking of using a boat as an alternative form of accommodation. Please visit
London Canal Volunteers
In November 2014 the BBC1 documentary "Don't Mess with Me" featured the Regent's Canal and the initiatives of the London Canal Volunteers. An illustrated transcript is available
Another campaign to save Holborn Studios
Following the decision by Hackney Council to protect the Holborn Studios buildings with a local listing status, the Golds have abandoned their demolition plans and have sold the land to Galliard Homes. Click
to find out what the new owners are hoping to achieve. This story has been covered by the
Campaign to save the floating bookshop
There is a petition to give support to the Word on the Water. This is a floating bookshop that has become a popular tourist attraction in Paddington. Click
to see the petition, a BBC article and some statements from the parties involved. This story is also covered on page 30 of
Overcrowding in London
There have been reports in the
and in the
about the ever growing number of houseboats in London. This topic was also discussed on BBC Radio 4
. We will be covering canal capacity at our next public meeting on 26th November.
Closure of Lower Regent/s for drainage and repairs
Are you curious about what lies on the bed of the canal? Discover lost basins and other treasures by looking at our
Petition to save historic gasholders in Bethnal Green
London is at risk of losing even more of its iconic landmarks in a conservation area.
for more information and to sign a petition. See also these article in the
and on Sky News
Petition to revive a cycle route and ease towpath conflict
One of the main reasons commuter cyclists use the towpath is that some of the roads are too dangerous. We have a chance to rectify this by lobbying the councils to install traffic lights at a lethal junction.
for more information and to sign a petition.
We are calling for more police patrols along the canal. Click
for news of an incident where a cyclist was pushed into the canal.
Best practice guide for boaters moored in London.
Islington Council environmental officers have put together some ideas to reduce smoke and noise pollution in built-up areas. Click here
to view their draft document.
Canal Heritage projects in Hackney.
An exhibition of canal photographs is on display at Shoreditch Library from 23rd June to 14th July; and on Wednesday 9th July Carolyn Clark will give an illustrated talk at this library. Details available
Have your say - visitor mooring proposals in London.
If you want to try to influence the allocation of visitor moorings in central London then please read the
and the survey
Volunteering event at City Road Basin (Sat 7th June)
Please join us on Saturday near City Road Lock for a
Canalival 2014? CRT says No!
The Canal and River Trust has issued an official statement on its
in response to plans for another unauthorised party on the canal. If this seems unreasonable then please see some reports
of last year's event.
WANTED - woodland walkway
We have lost access to a beauty spot near the Angel. Click
for further information.
Holborn Studios rescued from the demolition ball
Hackney Council has made it very clear that it does not want to see historic buildings or local jobs destroyed at Eagle Wharf. Find out about its successful
to get these buildings locally listed.
Worried about skyscrapers in London?
Read this article in the Evening Standard
and then visit this free Exhibition
. It is open Monday to Saturday until 12th June.
Reptiles found along canal banks
... and this time we're NOT referring to dodgy property developers!
Read these articles in the
Camden New Journal
and the Hackney Gazette
and tell us your views on whether we should intervene.
Art Exhibition featuring Regent's Canal
A painting of the Regent's Canal at the Angel by Holloway artist Melissa Scott-Miller has been given pride of place at her new
at the Go Figurative Gallery, in Heath Street, Hampstead.
Call for harmonious co-existence at King's Cross
All is not well between boaters and their land-based neighbours in the Caledonian ward of Islington. Are councillors putting voters before boaters? Or are they acting in everybody's interests and also thinking about the health of visiting boaters? Read some of the comments on the King's
CRT Boating Bulletin
The March edition is available in this pdf file
. Please read this if you are interested in what is happening on the towpath and on the waterways.
Mooring in London - supply versus demand
to see an article in the Camden New Journal about mooring availability. The CRT is reviewing options for accommodating more boats. Do you want to have your say in advance of any report being published?
Community Planting Event at City Road Basin - Saturday 8th March
for details about a planting event organised by Hanover School and the CRT. Click
for photos of this event.
Holborn Studios Update
Hackney Council's proposal to protect the Holborn Studios buildings has been well received.
to see some letters of support.
Mooring news - London Assembly Recommendations
The London Assembly report was published on 27th November and the officers are awaiting feedback from the stakeholders. The main recommendations from this report are reproduced here
Canal Information Centre
The refurbished Regent's Canal Information Centre is open to the public and it shares a building with a Starbucks store in Camden Town. Click here
to see some images of its wall displays.
News about boater evictions
In January an online petition drew attention to some conflicts between boat dwellers and the navigation authority. The Friends of Regent's Canal are not involved with this petition but we have posted some information about it
Islington Council Motion
On 10th October Islington Council passed a motion to put pressure on the navigation authority to address mooring, pollution, litter and anti-social behaviour problems along the towpath. Click
to see the official motion and some comments in the local press.
London Assembly Mooring Review (May to November 2013)
about air quality in Islington the London Assembly
conducted an investigation into the causes and effects of mooring congestion in London. Click
to see the final report (27th November) and other items.
Controversial Planning Applications
For over a year we have been striving to save the iconic chimney and industrial heritage buildings at Holborn Studios.
to see what is under threat in Hackney and click
to see the council's proposal to get these buildings locally listed.
Since April 2013 we have been monitoring a scheme to develop modern housing at Bow Wharf. Click
to see what effect this could have on a green corridor in Tower Hamlets.