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KEELS AND CUCKOOS ANTIDOTE TO BAD NEWS If you read the regular press or watch the news on mainstream, television, you could be forgiven for thinking that the world was about to end. Even waterway magazines carry articles about the semi-dereliction of some E A navigations and the shortage of water due to the dry spring. The anti-dote for this depressing news can be found locally. The Chesterfield Canal has been awarded two “green flags” by the charity Keep Britain Tidy. One is for the length in Chesterfield. The second is the length from Welham to West Stockwith. Helen and I are particularly pleased with this, as the canal is some 200 yards from our home in Clarborough and the towpath is one of our regular walks. Locals compete to collect the small amount of (usually wind-blown) litter so that helps with the environment.

route lifts the blight that has halted restoration on the western Chesterfield for some four years. However the implications for the Dearne and Dove, not to mention the homes and businesses on the chosen route are dire. One wonders sometimes, if HS2 has become an unstoppable juggernaut, a bit like the story of the Kings New Clothes, where no one wants to be identified as being unable to see the long-term benefits. It has long been a conversation topic and I have yet to meet any one who believes that it will actually happen, that the Nation can afford it or who anticipates using it. But then I know very few people anxious to get to London twenty minutes faster than they can now!

IWA Protest Cruise Worksop 1962

The Canal and River Trust staff, volunteers and contractors must be given credit for the way that this length is managed with regard to the navigation first and attention to the flora and fauna a close second. Staying with the Chesterfield Canal, the recent announcement of the Government’s preferred choice of route for the proposed HS2 is a mixed blessing. The superb news is that the eastern

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Keels and Cuckoos Issue 30  
Keels and Cuckoos Issue 30