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Wednesday, 15 June 2011

The Edinburgh Canal Strategy - Consultation

Since its re-birth as part of the Millennium Link Project, the Union Canal has come a long way from a derelict backwater to one of Edinburgh's most important assets.
The Union Canal is now enjoyed on a daily basis by people for a variety of uses such as boating, rowing, walking, cycling and fishing.  The Canal is also a focus for new development, particularly at Fountainbridge, for new moorings, marinas and canal-focused community activities. However, as the Canal is developed, its special environment must also be protected with its benefits shared by the wider community.
To ensure that this happens The City of Edinburgh Council and British Waterways Scotland have prepared a draft Edinburgh Canal Strategy for the Union Canal within the Edinburgh area.
View are now sought on the draft strategy and in particular:
  • Whether you agree/disagree with the proposed 'Hub Strategy'. Are the hubs in the right place, do they have the right objectives to ensure they are developed as successful and sustainable places?
  • If you any ideas on how to improve the use of the canal as an asset of the city?
  • What are your views on increasing the use of the water space along the canal through increased moorings (of all types including residential) and recreational activities?
  • What are your thoughts on the canal side development proposals identified within the draft strategy?
  • Do you think the key problem access points along the canal are identified?
  • has anything been missed? Or, mistakenly included
In order to consider the above questions a period of public consultation is proposed. Responses to this document should be returned to the Council by Friday 19th August 2011 and should be sent to Kate Hopper.

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