Changes planned for Bo’ness bar and restaurant
The owners of a Bo'ness bar and restaurant are hoping Falkirk Council will approve their plans to welcome customers of all ages and help a good cause along the way.
Gail and Giles Fairholm are making a few changes at The Corbie Inn - including building storage for trishaws belong to the charity Cycling Without Age.
If planning permission is granted, they will also be putting in new accessible toilets that can be used by anyone during pub hours and by people with a Radar key at all other times.
Mr Fairholm, a joiner to trade, offered to build a new home for the trishaws, which allow local nursing home residents to experience the fun and fresh air of cycling.
They are also installing new play equipment in the beer garden to make the most of its location right next to the Bo'ness & Kinneil heritage railway line, as their youngest customers will be hoping for a toot from the steam trains that regularly pass by in the summer months.
Mr Fairholm hopes the changes will benefit the community but also that improving facilities for the growing number of walkers and cyclists using the John Muir Way and the national cycle route will be good for business.
While they had seen trade rising steadily in the ten years since they bought and refurbished the pub, the coronavirus pandemic obviously had a huge impact on their plans for the business.
During lockdown they offered a takeaway service, including pizzas from a newly purchased wood-fired oven which proved a hit while the pub's doors were closed.
The new storage facility will be built just as the number of trishaw trips along the Foreshore is expected to increase.
The Scottish Greenways Programme is leading a project to make it easier for people to enjoy a walk or cycle along the Foreshore to Blackness Castle - or further.
The next steps will be upgrading some of the crossings of the historic railway.
The Falkirk Council-led project is funded by Sustrans Scotland with support from Bo’ness Community Council, Cycling Without Age, Friends of Kinneil, SRPS and local business.