Cycle path venture will get going

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A GROUP has now been formally set as much as lead a venture working to kind a brand new cycle path between Lochmaben and Lockerbie.

The Lochmaben to Lockerbie Neighborhood Entry Group (LLCAG) has drawn up a proper structure and is open to anybody dwelling in both of the cities or surrounding villages.

Chaired by Stuart Bowe of Royal 4 Cities Neighborhood Council, LLCAG hopes to hyperlink up current nationwide cycle routes 74 and seven, in addition to regional cycle route 10, diverting biking site visitors away from the busy A709.

In a letter to Royal 4 Cities Neighborhood Council final yr, Lochmaben Neighborhood Council’s chairman, Colin Davidson, mentioned the route can be “a really perfect match with different native and nationwide initiatives relating to the discount of weight problems, the encouragement of a wholesome life-style and the advantages of elevated tourism to native companies.”

He added: “There are further advantages because the route may even provide strolling hyperlinks connecting numerous sections of the Annandale Means which in flip meets the Southern Upland Means additional north at Beattock and the core path community all through the area.”

Updating his members at Monday’s assembly, Colin mentioned: “The group have made some excellent contacts with members of the council and Sustrans, who’re very eager to see this type of venture take-off and have been very useful though they mentioned at this stage no funding is probably going till at the least the brand new monetary yr.

“They really feel there is likely to be some cash about, however with every part happening cash could possibly be instantly taken away for one thing else, so that they’re saying the perfect factor is to look in direction of April to start out making use of for funding.

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“That funding can be to kind the trail however that could possibly be for getting consultants in to do feasibility research and that type of factor — however they’re very eager to see the venture develop legs.”

He added that the venture is “nonetheless very a lot in its early days.”

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