Funding boost keeps Scotland’s canals flowing into the future
The Scottish Government has announced an additional £8.2 million in funding for Scottish Canals for 2020-2021.
The news, which sees an increase in total grant funding from £15m to £23.2m, will support the conservation of Scotland’s network of inland waterways and ensure that regeneration and sustainability work continues at pace.
Scottish Canals has undertaken various large-scale projects to support Scotland’s canals in the previous year. These include a £3 million investment in lock gate replacement works in the Highlands, £1.1 million to fully re-open the Union Canal at Linlithgow and an £820,000 investment in upgrades to The Falkirk Wheel. A new three-year Corporate Plan is due to be published in time for the new financial year, which will outline Scottish Canals strategic priorities and vision for the future.
Regeneration work in areas as diverse as North Glasgow, Bowling Harbour and Ardrishaig has also brought new opportunities and services to canal-side communities, while tourist destination development and canal maintenance operations have ensured the waterways remain a vibrant place of activity for all and boosted the Scottish economy.
Notes to Editors
Scottish Canals is the custodian of Scotland’s 250-year-old public canal network. They work to conserve the canals and their surrounding areas as part of Scotland’s national heritage, and transform them to play a vital role in Scotland today.
Scottish Canals is responsible to the Scottish Government for the management and development of the Forth & Clyde, Union, Monlands, Caledonian and Crinan Canals as well as the surrounding estate and The Falkirk Wheel.
Built two hundred years ago to fire the Industrial Revolution, today the canals contribute to the Scottish Government agenda of developing a Greener; Healthier; Smarter; Safer and Stronger; and Wealthier and Fairer Scotland by acting as a catalyst for sustainable economic development, regeneration and tourism
Today Scottish Canals is utilising these 18th century assets along with innovative technology to tackle modern problems. Through working with partners to create pioneering systems, Scottish Canals is helping to combat flooding and driving positive transformation in some of Scotland’s most disadvantaged areas
The Forth & Clyde, Union, Monkland, Caledonian and Crinan canals are recognised as Scheduled Monuments and attract 22 million visits per year. See www.scottishcanals.co.uk for more information