Subject: Friends of Regent's Canal - next public meeting and other updates

Dear Friends,


Our next public meeting will take place on Wednesday 13th February (7pm to 9pm) at the London Canal Museum. We will hear updates from the Canal and River Trust (CRT), the Marine Police and the London Wildlife Trust (LWT).

The CRT has recently appointed Rosie Tharp as a strategic cycle routes coordinator. This is a new full-time post, funded by Transport for London, to facilitate and encourage a migration of cyclists from the towpath to the side streets. Rosie will explain her requirements and approach and I am sure she will want to hear how we can help her to make things happen.

The Marine Police will want to hear our concerns about safety and security on the canal and towpath, and they will be able to tell us about current initiatives.

The LWT will tell us about current projects in the Kings Cross area.


There will be an open meeting this Thursday (31st January, 7pm) at the Islington Town Hall, to talk about pollution issues. It is very likely that this will cover emissions from boats as well as road vehicles, homes and businesses. For further information please contact Sukky Choongh, Principal Technical Officer (Pollution Projects Team) at Islington Council. (020 7527 3048; 07826 904445;


The CRT is currently recruiting volunteer lock keepers and there are still vacancies at Hampstead Road (Camden Town) and City Road (Angel).

The closing date for applications is 8th February. For further information please contact Debbie Vidler, Volunteer Coordinator (07825099167;

or visit

Even if you do not know anybody who is available for this type of work I would appreciate your comments on the concept of volunteer lock keepers, because it has the potential to help to address litter and other problems.

Best wishes,

Ian Shacklock
Chair, Friends of Regent's Canal

29th January 2013

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