Study Objectives

The key study objective is to undertake an independent review of the charges levied by Scottish Canals for:

  1. Residential moorings on the Scottish Canal network
  2. Leisure moorings on the Scottish Canal network

The review will consider the following:

  1. In relation to residential moorings:-
    1. Review the current market pricing, historical data, other comparable evidence, and make recommendations as to the pricing for each location for 16/17, and make a number of proposals for consideration in consultation as to how the rates are reviewed going forward. The aim being to have a simple, unambiguous review process for all involved.
  2. In relation to the leisure moorings:-
    1. Review the current market pricing, historical data, the Blue Sea report from 2014 (checking the data and comparables are still relevant), make recommendations regarding the pricing for each location for 16/17, 17/18 and 18/19 and make a number of proposals for consideration in consultation as to how the rates are reviewed going forward. The aim being to have a simple, unambiguous review process for all involved.
  3. Make recommendations as to how Scottish Canals’ adopt an approach to pricing and a pricing infrastructure in an unambiguous way longer agreements for licensees ie: longer than a one year licence
  4. Ideally the adopted processes for both residential and leisure will be similar or the same.

 

Study Approach

The study will be informed by three key work streams:

Stage 1: Desk based review of available information;

Stage 2: Consultation with boating forums/groups; and

Stage 3: Analysis, reporting and recommendations.

 

Stage 1: Desk Review

The first stage will be to collect and analyse the background information that will inform the review which includes:

  • understanding Scottish Canal’s current charging, locations and services levels;
  • review of other canals and marinas charging structures
  • review the charging structures of other land based equivalents
  • Review historical data from Scottish Canals including charging and take up rates

This stage will be used to gain a thorough understanding of the proposals.

 

Stage 2: Consultations

The next stage is to undertake consultations with the relevant bodies, this includes:

  • British Marine and RYA Scotland
  • Lowlands, Crinan and Caledonian user groups with nominated representatives

The consultations will be tailored to the individual organisations and Scottish Canals will provide a draft topic guide to HIE for commentary to ensure they are appropriate. In the main, the consultations will focus on:

  • current charges;
  • impact of market charging regimes
  • alternative charging models
  • different review mechanisms

 

Stage 3: Analysis, Reporting and Recommendations

The final stage will produce a report taking account of any comments and feedback. The proposed reporting structure should be as follows:

  • introduction and background to study;
  • review of the charging regimes that should be adopted;
  • summary of possible alternative charging structures;
  • summarised feedback from the consultations – key themes and areas; and
  • recommendations based on the above highlighted criteria: 1) what are the charges to be adopted per location to reflect the market rate 2) what are the options on how to review the charges going forward (3) What implementation options are available to Scottish Canals in order to achieve market pricing across all users / locations