Publications and Strategy Documents

View our library of publications and strategy documents relating to Scottish Canals.


Trade Union Facility Time

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.

Records Management Plan

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.

Pricing Consultation (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.

Boat Safety Scheme Consultation (CONSULTATION CLOSED)

28 November 2012 – 20 January 2013

When Scottish Canals became a stand-alone organisation in July of this year, we adopted all of the previous British Waterways’ policies and committed to reviewing, within the first 18 months, their on-going fitness for purpose for Scottish Canals.

In recognition of that, we are now seeking your views on the scope, practicality and criteria of the Boat Safety Scheme.


Draft Heritage Strategy Public Consultation (CONSULTATION CLOSED)

20 November 2012 – 14 January 2013

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

The public consultation period has been extended to 21 January 2013

03 May 2013

06 May 2013

The Heritage Strategy 2013-38 has now been finalised and can be found here.

Listening to our Stakeholders:  A Review of Formal Communications

Public Consultation (CONSULTATION CLOSED)

02 July 2012

Please note, by request, we have extended the public consultation, Listening to Our Stakeholders to Friday 3rd August.

April 2012

This is an excellent time to review the role of our current advisory groups and the public meetings programme we have established over the past decade.  We need to ensure efficiency but, most importantly, that communications between the new Scottish Canals Board and management team and all those with a stake in securing the future of the canals are open, direct and fruitful.


Draft Waterspace Strategy Public Consultation (CONSULTATION CLOSED)

17 February 2012

All those with an interest or stake in the future of the Scottish canals are invited to help us shape a dynamic new Waterspace Strategy to encourage more people to live, work and play on the water.

Strategic Environmental Assessment

Scottish Canals have now completed a Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) screening report, a key component of sustainable development, establishing important methods for protecting the environment. We have determined that the Waterspace Strategy is unlikely to generate significant environmental effects and therefore does not require a Strategic Environmental Assessment.


Scotland the Hydro Nation Prospectus and Proposals for Legislation Consultation (CONSULTATION CLOSED)

01 February 2012

This consultation builds on the previous “Building a Hydro Nation” consultation in 2011.

Proposals for a Water Resources Bill are set out in the context of the wider Hydro Nation agenda, and comments are invited. The Bill proposals include 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. Other proposals include updating legislation to manage temporary water shortages, community septic tanks and proactively manage substances from entering the water environment.


Consultation on the Abolition of the Inland Waterways Advisory Council (CONSULTATION CLOSED)

01 February 2012

The summary of responses to last summer’s Consultation on the Abolition of the Inland Waterways Advisory Council has now been published.


The Edinburgh Union Canal Strategy

December 2011

Since its re-birth as part of the Millennium Link Project the Union Canal has come a long way from a derelict backwater to become one of Edinburgh’s most important heritage, recreational and community assets. The Union Canal is now enjoyed on a daily basis by people from across the city and beyond for a variety of uses such as boating, rowing, walking, cycling and fishing.


A New Era for the Waterways (CONSULTATION CLOSED)

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’, 12th September – 24th October 2011.

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