Cllr Alastair Majury on Essential work on existing cycle & walking routes must be a priority
Stirling Council has over 100 miles of existing Active Travel routes including extensive sections of the National Cycle Network.
In July it was announced that Stirling Council was to receive 513k under the ‘Spaces for People fund’ administered by Sustrans , to provide temporary safe active travel opportunities in the wake of the Covid19 crisis.
Councillors Alastair Majury and Martin Earl are urging Stirling Council to challenge the requirement to limit spending to temporary measures given the huge amounts of essential maintenance needed on the existing network.
Over the years Stirling Council has successfully secured millions of pounds in funding from SUSTRANS, however as is the case with all grant funding awards, Stirling Council as the successful applicant has ongoing liability for maintenance and repair of the routes. With Council budgets shrinking this has inevitably resulted in a large gap developing between available budget for repairs and the work needed.
There are many examples of where money needs to be spent to improve existing routes and make them as accessible for everyone as people are encouraged to travel more sustainably and safely in the current climate.
Councillors Majury & Earl have both requested funding be spent on just two of these locations as examples of the wider opportunity the Council could pursue with Sustrans.
Cllr Majury wants to see work on the badly deteriorating surface the popular Bishops Walk in Dunblane and Cllr Earl has asked for repairs to the National Route NCN 765 between Dunblane and Doune.
Trossachs and Teith Councillor Martin Earl said:
“It is a ridiculous restriction on the funds to limit them to only temporary projects. I would urge the Council to push Sustrans very hard on this and try to get agreement that money can be spent on getting some desperately needed repairs carried out. People are not using existing routes due to their condition. Forcing the council to spend all this money on a temporary projects is missing a great opportunity.”
Dunblane and Bridge of Allan Councillor Alastair Majury said:
“It is important that active travel routes are well maintained and designed to be as inclusive as possible. When we let existing routes such as the popular Bishops Walk deteriorate to such an extent that young children, and adults with reduced mobility don’t feel safe to use this signposted route, what message does this send about the council wanting active travel for all. Here is a chance to do something about it when active travel has never been more important.”
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