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Edinburgh's canal quarter plan unveiled

posted 29 Sep 2010, 07:18 by David Rintoul   [ updated 29 Sep 2010, 07:50 ]

It might be the latest answer to beating Edinburgh's traffic - take a canoe to work.

A new vision for the city's 16 kilometres of canal includes the stretch from Harrison Park to Fountainbridge being turned into a major base for canoeing, kayaking or other "paddlesports".

The "canal quarter" would also be promoted as a potential space for floating homes under a new city council canal strategy aimed at taking advantage of the Union Canal.

Ratho would also be branded a "canal village", with the canal linking up with facilities like the Climbing Arena, while community activities on the banks would be promoted at Wester Hailes.