A fund to help make travel safer and encourage residents to cycle and walk where they live is set to continue for the next 12 months.
At the Angus Council committee on Thursday 24 June 2021, members will hear an update on the programme of projects funded in 2020/21 through the Cycling, Walking and Safer Routes fund (CWSR) and discuss projects to be funded during 2021/22. The CWSR fund is a ring-fenced grant from Transport Scotland, with £509,000 allocated for 2021/22.
Communities Convener, Cllr Mark Salmond said: “Through the CWSR funding we received last year we were able to improve various foot and cycle paths and footway/cycleway signs in Arbroath, Carnoustie, Monifieth, Montrose, Forfar, Brechin and Kirriemuir. We were also able to install a signal pedestrian crossings in Westway, Arbroath.
“For this year’s projects, we held a public consultation during April and May 2021 inviting residents to submit their ideas and suggestion on what could be done to make travel safer and encourage them to cycle and walk where they live. The response was fantastic and highlights the importance residents place on this.
“The final nine submissions were decided after being assessed by an officer panel from the Schools & Learning, Infrastructure and Communities Directorates at the council. The officers used a criteria set by the CWSR grant.”
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.
The final nine submissions for 2021/2022 being discussed at council on Tuesday 24 June are:
- Footway from Bucklerheads to Kellas to provide a continuous pedestrian link between Wellbank and Kellas –
- Feasibility study and design (in preparation for future CWSR programme or other funding opportunity) at Drumachlie Loan, Brechin –
- Lighting of two existing paths – The Banks to Cookston Road and Back Road to Andover Primary School, Brechin.
- Resurfacing of path to rear of Andover Primary School, Brechin.
- Make footpath out to Kinnordy, Kirriemuir suitable for all users.
- Repositioning of guardrails and removal of street clutter to improve accessibility to existing paths, guardrails on shared use path at Wester Road North, Montrose.
- Proposed feasibility study and design (in preparation for future CWSR programme or other funding opportunity) into coherent network of routes across Montrose.
- Proposed feasibility study and design (in preparation for future CWSR programme or other funding opportunity) into coherent network of routes across Arbroath, including safe link from Victoria Park.
- New signal crossing on Brechin Road, Forfar. Subject to survey required to confirm that standards for a crossing are met.