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New projects will improve footpath links

Provost Pat Reid at the official opening of the Helix South paths, now more paths will open up across the district

Provost Pat Reid at the official opening of the Helix South paths, now more paths will open up across the district

Walkers have been given the green light to enjoy even more of the district thanks to almost £850,000 of funding.

A successful bid by Falkirk Council to the transport charity SUSTRANS will take forward four community link projects.

It was announced this week that the local authority will receive around £845,759 for the initiatives.

The successful projects are: The Carron to Helix path link, Blackness to Bo’ness path link phase one, Blackness to Bo’ness path link phase two and The John Muir Way community connections.

In addition, a Falkirk Council-supported bid by the Central Scotland Green Network Trust for the Carron Loop community links and a bid by Scottish Canals for improvements to the Union Canal towpath were also successful.

Councillor Craig R.Martin, environment spokesperson, said: “This is great news for the area as the completed projects will provide both residents and visitors with a large number of health, environmental and financial benefits.

“The improved facilities for cycling and walking will not only help to make people in the area more active and healthier, but allow them to make walking and cycling a safe travel choice.”

 

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