In April, Angus Council asked residents to have their say on how £512,000 could be invested in making Angus a more cycle and walking friendly area.
The response to the public consultation was tremendous. In all around 300 requests and suggestions were received from individuals, community groups and organisations.
That long list was reduced to 64 sites, based upon the viability of the proposals. Many could not be progressed due to land issues, not fulfilling the funding requirements and conditions, or as the costs would have exceeded the finding availability.
Communities Convener, Cllr Mark Salmond said: “It was an overwhelming public response and certainly one that highlighted the community’s desire for active travel. I am immensely grateful for the way in which the people of Angus have responded to this opportunity and would like to thank them for their interest.
“Council Officers looked at each and every proposal. There were so many that showed great potential. But to deliver on all 64 on the short list alone would have required funding of more than £13.5 million.
“A scoring system was used to evaluate and select 12 local projects across Angus to receive their share of the £512,000 Transport Scotland grant, which have now been approved by the council. These projects are set to be developed and completed in the coming year. We hope that, given the public engagement this time around, we can deliver further good news if funding becomes available for active travel in the future.”
The CWSR grant can only be used to undertake works for local cycling, walking and safer routes projects as set out in Transport Scotland’s Active Travel Framework and in accordance with grant conditions. Money cannot be allocated to general roads maintenance or repairs to street lighting.
Transport Scotland’s long-term vision for active travel in Scotland 2030 is to make walking or cycling the most popular choice for shorter everyday journeys – by making it safer, easier and available to everyone. Helping to achieve many outcomes, including better health, having attractive, safe communities and increased economic activity.
The final 64 were reduced to 12 through a scoring system that considered –
– Would the proposal provide continuity of an existing route?
– Would the proposal link to a school route or National Cycle route?
– Was the proposal required on road safety grounds?
– Would the route provide a benefit to tourism?
– What would the potential usage be for pedestrians and cyclists?
The final 12 contained within the programme of projects (Report No 180/20were approved by the Special Arrangements Committee today (Tuesday 23 June). The 12 sites are as follows, including the construction cost budgets for each, which exclude design costs and an allowance for the impacts of COVID-19 –
Westway (signalled pedestrian crossing point) – £52,250
Drumachlie Loan (new footway at rail bridge) – £26,000
Skinners Burn to Cathedral Steps (footpath improvement) – £68,000
Pitskelly Road to Braefoot (footway/cycleway) – £60,750
Braefoot to Stinky Brae (footway/cycleway) – £58,900
Shanwell Road (new signage and lining for shared use footway – £500
Forfar Lochside Country Park (footpath upgrade at south side of caravan park) – £57,750
Tannage Brae to Bellies Brae (footpath improvements) – £17,800
Marine Drive to cycle path (cycle path) – £45,000
Monifieth High School (improvements to footpath by school) – £12,000
Broomfield cycle path, (footpath improvements) – £21,000
A937 Montrose to Hillside (signage improvements to footway/cycleway) – £3,500