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    Chris Williams.
  2. Forth and Clyde Closure

    This morning my thoughts turn to those of the boating community at Auchinstarry, those who moor there and the businesses who service them. The Boathouse pub/restaurant is a good stopover and I worry that if the proposed closure is lasting then it would impact them considerably. Also the availability of fuel for those at Kirkintilloch area.
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  4. Forth and Clyde Closure

    With this proposal concerning Bonnybridge and Twechar bridges you will still be able to make it from the Kelpies up along to Edinburgh via the Falkirk Wheel.
  5. Forth and Clyde Closure

    One of major issues for me was the inability for spontaneous cruising. Having always to plan ahead, arrange transit through the Falkirk Wheel, mooring overnight in the basin, arranging transit through the locks and bridges and having to cruise almost in convoy to accommodate the manner in which SC operate. It is a far cry from the situation on other areas which just happen to be those which seem to be flourishing with ongoing development.
  6. Forth and Clyde Closure

    Totally agree, a fantastic opportunity could be lost forever. Our children and children's children may get to read about the Lowland Canals in history books but then again maybe not.
  7. Forth and Clyde Closure

    Thanks for the heads up regarding identical emails.
  8. Forth and Clyde Closure

    Thanks for this Haggis, is there room for one more???
  9. Forth and Clyde Closure

    So glad to hear and see such positivity starting to develop. A unified, identical email to MSP's is a great idea, especially if their constituency encompasses the canals. The desire to create regeneration across the central belt should be something to be embraced by all in government both local and national.
  10. Forth and Clyde Closure

    A radical shift of focus is exactly what is needed to maintain the Lowland Canals. The situation if the 2 bridges being discussed remain closed indefinitely will mean that some larger /heavier boats currently on the eastern side of them would have a real issue with limited lift out facilities available.
  11. Forth and Clyde Closure

    As someone who has left the water 5 months ago I have had firsthand experience of SC's financial haphazard handling of my account during my time afloat. Some spurious bills sent with little or no details, some inaccurate and one obviously ridiculous. The time and effort required to rectify these could be lengthy and very frustrating. If this was the tip of the iceberg I can only imagine the extent of the full problem.
  12. Forth and Clyde Closure

    Being "powerless" does not mean that we cannot express sympathy, support or concerns for those directly or indirectly affected by what is happening. We are after all have mutual interest in boating.
  13. Forth and Clyde Closure

    This rather serious topic has been hijacked for the amusement of some. How sad that genuine concerns of the possible demise of any inland waterway should be trivialised in such a way.
  14. Forth and Clyde Closure

    As I said previously, I tried to support canalside business when I could, Bridge 49 being one. Only managed once by boat before all of the residential moorings had been taken. The other more frequent stop was the Park Farm Bistro on the eastern side of Linlithgow as it does have a pontoon mooring albeit just as you exit a bridge. The limited availability of visitor moorings is one of the saddest aspects of cruising the Union Canal as it almost impossible to moor alongside any part of the towpath because of lack of weed cutting and other maintenance.
  15. Forth and Clyde Closure

    It was always my hope that the reopening of the Forth Clyde and Union Canals would bring a regeneration to the whole length. When boating I would try to support local enterprise businesses along the Canals to encourage further development. This uncertainty is extremely worrying for the future. The already low level of facilities available will struggle if this is confirmed as permanent.