Angus MacDonald Welcomes Scottish Government's Reclassification Proposals For Forth & Clyde and Union Canals

The SNP's transport spokesperson at Falkirk Council, Councillor Angus MacDonald has welcomed a proposal by the Scottish Government's transport agency, Transport Scotland, to reclassify the Forth & Clyde and Union Canals as cruising waterways which will ensure they are kept in a navigable condition.

Union Canal - Muiravonside

Commenting, Councillor Angus MacDonald who is also the SNP's candidate for Falkirk East at May's Scottish Parliament elections said:

"I very much welcome this proposal which tidies up some anomalies caused by the Forth & Clyde and Union Canals not being fully operational when the Transport Act introduced in 1968 classified canals in the UK as either commercial, cruising or 'remainder'. The two canals here were classed in the 'remainder' category, so this proposal to include them in the 'cruising' category will help to secure the important statutory protections given to cruising waterways that are not given to remainder waterways.

"This move will also help British Waterways (Scotland) and other partners like Falkirk Council realise the long-term goal of developing tourist facilities along the canals, which will ultimately bring long term economic benefits to the area.

"While the canals are currently maintained to a standard in line with cruising status, the proposed reclassification will ensure that there is a statutory obligation to keep the canals in a condition suitable for navigation."

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