Scottish Canals has launched a public consultation to gather views on the best way to run operations on the Forth & Clyde and Union Canals.
Scottish Canals is the custodian of Scotland’s 250-year-old public canal network, working to conserve the canals and their surrounding areas as part of Scotland’s national heritage. This consultation gives people the chance to share their views with Scottish Canals on a range of issues, from expanding boaters’ ability to pass through the canal independently and addressing weed control issues to canal dredging and the development of an online booking system.
Responses will be published along with the final proposal in January 2020, with the outcomes of the consultation introduced from 1st April 2020.
Scotland’s inland waterways attract 2,800 transiting boats per year from as far afield as Argentina and Japan, with the Lowlands boasting over 250 long-term berth holders. Since they were re-opened by the Millennium Link in 2002, the Lowland canals have also attracted an average of 80 transits per year, largely from the UK.
Those interested in learning more about the scope of the consultation are welcome to attend information events organised by Scottish Canals in Glasgow, Falkirk and Edinburgh throughout the month of December.
You can find out more about the events and access the consultation survey here.