Vision unveiled for Scottish canals

Scottish canals should boost wider regeneration Scottish canals should boost wider regeneration
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WATERWAYS VISION: Scottish Canals has unveiled its vision for Scotland's waterways, which it says will become a centre for recreation, tourism and sport, as well as a catalyst for wider regeneration.

The body’s new vision, Safeguarding our heritage, building our future, lays out plans for the canals over the next five to 10 years. It focuses on helping communities to thrive to generate income that will be reinvested in the canals and supporting people to build skills and actively help transform them.

This is in response to the Scottish Government’s new policy for the country’s historic canals following the separation from British Waterways in July 2012.

Dr Jon Hargreaves, Chairman of Scottish Canals, said: “As custodians for the canals, we want to safeguard their heritage for generations to come and do so by helping to build stronger communities along the canal corridors, attract new customers and income and work with empowered and motivated people.”

Transport Minister, Keith Brown, added: “Our canals are important assets that we wish to see utilised in order to enhance quality of life and to help create a more successful, sustainable country. We look to build on the successful start made in revitalising our canals and in gaining wider public benefits from them. We encourage their full and sustainable development in a way that impacts positively."

Scottish Canals will receive grant-in-aid of £10m in 2013-14 as well as £3.3m in additional funding for the waterways.

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