Browse our previous publications and strategies.

July 2021

The Trade Union Facility Time Publication Regulations 2017 requires Scottish Public Authorities to collect, report and publish data on facility time for employees.

August 2017

The Public Records (Scotland) Act 2011 requires Scottish Public Authorities to submit a Records Management Plan to be agreed by The Keeper of the Records of Scotland (The Keeper). This document is a summary of Scottish Canals’ Records Management Plan submitted to The Keeper for consideration on 30 November 2016 and agreed on 24 August 2017. For more information on The Public Records Scotland Act 2011 please visit National Records of Scotland’s website.

(Consultation closed)

October 2015 – 21 October 2016

Scottish Canals commissioned an independent review into the pricing strategy for moorings and licences on Scotland’s canals in October 2015, as a direct response to customer feedback.

28 November 2012 – 20 January 2012

When Scottish Canals became a stand-alone organisation in July 2012, we adopted all the previous British Waterways’ policies and committed to reviewing their ongoing fitness for purpose for Scottish Canals.

As part of this, we sought views on the scope, practicality and criteria of the Boat Safety Scheme.

20 November 2012 – 14 January 2013 (extended to 21 January 2013)

Together, the five historic waterways we look after are one of Scotland’s most significant national collections. In 2012, we began a review of our heritage management priorities and policies and put together a 25-year vision and 5-year plan for our canal heritage to help shape the future of our historic places, inspire the next generation and celebrate our cultural legacy.

April - 2 July 2012 (extended to 3 August 2012)

In April 2012, we began a review of the role of our advisory groups and public meetings programme, both to ensure efficiency and, most importantly, that communications between the Scottish Canals Board, management team and all those with a stake in securing the future of the canals were open, direct and fruitful.

17 February 2012

Everyone with an interest or stake in the future of Scotland’s canals was invited to help us shape a dynamic new Waterspace Strategy to encourage more people to live, work and play on the water.

After completing a Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) screening report, we concluded that our Waterspace Strategy was unlikely to generate significant environmental effects and therefore didn’t require a Strategic Environmental Assessment.

01 February 2012

Building on 2011’s “Building a Hydro Nation” consultation, we invited comments on proposals for a Water Resources Bill set out in the context of the wider Hydro Nation agenda. The Bill proposals included placing a duty on Scottish Ministers to develop the Hydro Nation programme of work, in collaboration with key organisations such as Scottish Water, SEPA and the Enterprise Agencies, as well as updating legislation to manage temporary water shortages, community septic tanks and proactively manage substances from entering the water environment.

01 February 2012

In 2012, we published a summary of responses to the Consultation on the Abolition of the Inland Waterways Advisory Council.

December 2011

Since its rebirth as part of the Millennium Link Project, the Union Canal has been transformed from a derelict backwater into one of Edinburgh’s most important heritage, recreational and community assets. People from across the city and beyond now enjoy boating, rowing, walking, cycling and fishing on the Union Canal on a daily basis.

March 2011

A consultation on the Government’s proposals for moving inland waterways into a new charity in England and Wales.

December 2011

Summary of responses to the supplementary consultation on the Transfer Order ‘A New Era for the Waterways’, 12 September – 24 October 2011.

Following the establishment of the Canal & River Trust to look after 2,000 miles of canals and rivers in England and Wales from April 2012, British Waterways Scotland will remain in the public sector as a smaller, streamlined body operating only in Scotland.