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PATH TAKES A STEP FORWARD?

posted 12 Dec 2016, 09:30 by Ian Holmes-Lewis   [ updated 12 Dec 2016, 09:32 ]
Earlier this year the community council was contacted by Paths for All asking whether we wanted a free feasibility study of a path that the community wished for. They then agreed to look at the proposed path between Oakley Road and the Comrie Colliery access road.
While this is considered to meet the criteria of easier access for all, longevity and attractiveness, this is a consultation study that will be open for discussion shortly. As the path crosses Forestry Commission ground, the first step is to establish their willingness to co-operate.
The estimated cost of works is in the region of £250,000, which will necessitate phasing works with the first one tackling the route through Big Wood and getting a crossing over the burn. An important and welcome development is that Oakley and Comrie Community Council is interested in leading on extension of the path to the White Gates.
Residents are reminded that the Forestry Commission land welcomes access over their ground at present. The community council is aware that some people are unaware of how to access it and are investigating the possibility of erecting sign posts that would be provided by Scotways. In the meantime, the access is via the gate to the track north of The Steadings. Note that wellies are required to cross the burn but there is plenty of walking north of it.
 (detailed costing and full feasability study available via Donald Murdoch)

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