Identity of sunken boat in Bilinge Green Flash

Paul Sladen made this Freedom of Information request to British Waterways Board

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Dear British Waterways,

Regarding Bilinge Green Flash in Cheshire, between Anderton and Middlewich on the Trent & Mersey Canal, please could you tell me:

1. The identity, name or reference number(s)---or *confirmed* former names or reference numbers---of the wooden squared-off workboat that was intentionally placed and sunk in the centre of the flash.

2. The date, or year in which it was placed, and/or sunk there.

Any further background information on the vessel and/or its current placement would be greatly appreciated in addition! The hunk of vessel (although deteriorating) is a notable landmark and its placement was clearly intentional.

Appreciatively,

Paul Sladen

Sarina Young,

Dear Mr Sladen,

Thank you for your request for information sent to me via the website
whatdotheyknow.com.

In future requests can be made very simply to British Waterways direct by
visiting the following link
[1]http://www.britishwaterways.co.uk/listen...
for the British Waterways website or alternatively you can e-mail me
directly at [2][email address].

However, I am pleased to inform you that once we have confirmed the extent
to which the regulations permit the release of the information which you
have requested a response will be sent within a 20 day working timescale
from the date we received your request.

Kind regards,
Sarina

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Sarina Young,

Dear Mr Sladen,

I am writing further to my acknowledgement to you of 7 September and your
request for information under the provisions of the Freedom of Information
Act 2000. I am now in a position to respond to your requests.

The information British Waterways holds on this vessel is purely
anecdotal, no actual record of this vessel exist and the boat remnant
itself is outside of British Waterways' ownership area.

Nevertheless, we believe the vessel to be known as "Bril", although I am
not sure of the spelling. There are no Index number details.

The boat is believed to be one a number of work boats disposed of in the
late 50s, early 60s.

Should you feel that British Waterways has not properly considered your
request for information, or you remain dissatisfied with British Waterways
in this regard, you are entitled to have your complaint considered by our
complaints process. If this is the case, please write to me at 64
Clarendon Road, Watford WD17 1DA and I will arrange for the complaint to
be considered in accordance with our complaints procedure. A copy of this
can be found at [1]http://www.britishwaterways.co.uk.

The Office of the Information Commissioner is the organisation that
ensures compliance with the Freedom of Information Act 2000 and deals with
formal complaints. If we have not been able to resolve your request you
are entitled under Section 50 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 to
apply to the Information Commissioner for a decision. His contact details
are:

Information Commissioner
Wycliffe House
Water
Lane
Wilmslow
Cheshire
SK9 5AF

Enquiry/information line: 01625 545745

Email: [2][email address]

Yours sincerely,

Sarina Young
Customer Service Co-Ordinator

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From: Sarina Young
Sent: 07 September 2009 14:03
To: 'Paul Sladen'
Subject: RE: Freedom of Information request - Identity of sunken boat in
Bilinge Green Flash

Dear Mr Sladen,

Thank you for your request for information sent to me via the website
whatdotheyknow.com.

In future requests can be made very simply to British Waterways direct by
visiting the following link
[3]http://www.britishwaterways.co.uk/listen...
for the British Waterways website or alternatively you can e-mail me
directly at [4][email address].

However, I am pleased to inform you that once we have confirmed the extent
to which the regulations permit the release of the information which you
have requested a response will be sent within a 20 day working timescale
from the date we received your request.

Kind regards,
Sarina

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