Strategy launched for Scotland's Canals

The Caledonian Canal – the most impressive of Scotland’s waterways The Caledonian Canal – the most impressive of Scotland’s waterways
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INLAND WATERWAYS: Scottish Canals has launched its new strategy - ‘Safeguarding our heritage, building our future’ - containing its vision for Scotland’s waterways, writes Harry Arnold.

British Waterways became a Scottish public body, with its board wholly appointed by Scottish Ministers, following the transfer of its functions in England and Wales to the Canal & River Trust on 2 July 2012.

Whilst legally it continues to be the British Waterways Board, it now operates under the name Scottish Canals.

The strategy, which lays out ambitious plans for the canals over the next five to ten years, was launched alongside the announcement by Transport Minister Keith Brown of the Scottish Government’s new policy for the nation’s waterways in the Scottish Parliament.

It follows on the experience gained since the publication of the Scottish Government’s initial canals policy document Scotland’s Canals: an asset for the future in 2002.

The new strategy for achieving the aims of Scotland’s canals is based on valuing the heritage of these canals, fulfilling statutory and regulatory obligations and risk management and safety.

Other strategy principles are increasing awareness of the potential contribution which canals can make, delivering a high quality experience, working through partnerships and collaboration and monitoring and measuring outcome.

Dr Jon Hargreaves, chairman of Scottish Canals, said: “This is an historic day and one which will not only see the canals’ continued revitalisation but will place them at the heart of Scotland’s economic prosperity once again."

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