London Lite Friday, 24 July 2009 15 students ambitious plan for leisurely cruises ... on regents canal meetagenuine eastendpunter Museum extension scrapped PROPOSALS for a 130m Modernist extension to the British Museum have been thrown out. Museum bosses wanted a five-storey building with three basement levels for a special exhibition gallery, conservation labs, offices and storage rooms. Planning permission was expected to be a formality but the scheme was rejected at Camden Councils planning committee last night. The committee said it was overdevelopment. by GEORGINA LITTLEJOHN LOCKS GROVEROAD MILE ENDROAD OLD FORD ROAD MILE END PARK MILE END A12 VICTORIA PARK END TOP LOCK REGENTS CANAL HERTFORD UNION CANAL START MILE END LOCK OLD FORD LOCK MEATH GARDENS IT IS the classic English pastime more associated with Oxford or Cambridge -- but from today a flotilla of punts will be gliding through the ever-so-slightly grittier waterways of the East End. Fourth-year medical student David Carruthers, 21, decided to launch the punts-for-hire service to fill his summer break from lectures at the University of London. He said: An opportunity came to acquire some punts that needed a little care and attention. After some help from a boat builder, and a whole lot of elbow grease, I have a small fleet of punts and canoes to hire out, he said. The hiring point is on the towpath of the Regents Canal near Mile End Road Bridge. It is open daily and costs 15 an hour in the week and 18 an hour, from 1pm to 6pm, at the weekends. Giving it some stick: David Carruthers ferries a customer on the canal, with Canary Wharf in the background index.html2.html3.html4.html5.html6.html7.html8.html9.html10.html11.html12.html13.html14.html15.html16.html17.html18.html19.html20.html21.html22.html23.html24.html25.html26.html27.html28.html29.html30.html31.html32.html33.html34.html35.html36.html37.html38.html39.html