Our policies are under review – They will be published here once formally adopted.
Please get in touch if you would like more information.
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
- View the Consultation Report
- View the SEA Determination
- View the SEA Environmental Report
- View the SEA Post-Adoption Statement
06 May 2013
The Heritage Strategy 2013-38 has now been finalised and can be found here.
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.
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.
- Determination and Statement of Reasons
- Response from the Scottish Government
- Scottish Natural Heritage Response
- Historic Scotland Response
- Scottish Environment Protection Agency Response
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.
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)
A consultation on the Government’s proposals for moving inland waterways into a new charity in England and Wales.
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.