PRESS RELEASE: IWA Responds to Scottish Canals Pricing Consultation

Issue date: 31st October 2016

The Inland Waterways Association has expressed misgivings in its response to a recent consultation by Scottish Canals on the authority’s proposed pricing strategy. Foremost among these is IWA’s view that boating is a critical activity to the sustainability and success of Scottish Canals, yet the consultation document does not appear to place any value and importance on boating.  IWA believes that new boaters need to be encouraged by the provision of available and affordable services, moorings and facilities, particularly on the Lowland Canals, which are underused and under-visited.
IWA also objected that the proposed pricing strategy did not take into account significant price increases that have already been implemented for navigation licences and mooring fees (both leisure and residential) in recent years.

Other concerns outlined in the six-page response are the lack of promised investment in Scottish Canals’ Living on Water initiative, the fact that the locks on the Forth & Clyde Canal are not currently available 7 days a week, the use of two bedroomed flats as a benchmark and flawed comparison with moorings in England and Wales and coastal marinas around Scotland.

Chairman of IWA’s Navigation Committee, Gren Messham, said “The survey of facilities contained in the report shows how poorly provisioned the Forth & Clyde and Union canals are, and Scottish Canals would appear to have a long way to go to provide customer satisfaction at the level expected elsewhere in England and Wales.”  He added “IWA considers that fees on the waterways managed by Scottish Canals need to be affordable in order to increase the number of people using them, and to uphold the Scottish Government’s key aim of inclusivity.”

See IWA’s full response to the consultation on the pricing strategy.



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Press Contact

For further information please contact Alison Smedley, Press Office, The Inland Waterways Association, by emailing or phoning 07779 090915.

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The Inland Waterways Association

IWA is The Inland Waterways Association, a membership charity that works to protect and restore the country's 6,500 miles of canals and rivers.  IWA is a national organisation with a network of volunteers and branches who deploy their expertise and knowledge to work constructively with navigation authorities, government and other organisations.  The Association also provides practical and technical support to restoration projects through its expert Waterway Recovery Group.
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