Money for ne­glected path­ways

Airdrie & Coatbridge Advertiser - - News - Ian Bunting

An area in North La­nark­shire is to be sig­nif­i­cantly up­graded as Scot­land’s walk­ing char­ity has awarded two grants to­talling £3000 to a vol­un­teerled com­mu­nity im­prove­ment pro­ject.

North­ern Cor­ri­dor Com­mu­nity Vol­un­teers ( NCCVols) has scooped the grants from Paths for All in recog­ni­tion of their ef­forts to re­con­nect com­mu­ni­ties sep­a­rated by ne­glected path­ways.

Res­i­dents f rom Gartcosh, Chrys­ton, Mood­ies­burn, Muirhead and Mount Ellen have in­stalled sign­posts along the lo­cal path net­work and are work­ing to re­open an un­sta­ble core path on land at a lo­cal golf club.

The group meet weekly to de­cide on their next pro­ject and will be car­ry­ing out main­te­nance work through­out the win­ter to re­gen­er­ate more for­got­ten paths in the area.

C l a i re Wi l l i a m s , vol­un­teer and fundrais­ing of­fi­cer at NCCVols, said: “It’s fan­tas­tic to have such amaz­ing sup­port from our fun­ders and the vol­un­teers, who have re­ally out­done them­selves in their ef­forts for our com­mu­nity path­ways.

“See­ing it all come to­gether in such a pos­i­tive way has been fan­tas­tic and we re­ally could not have achieved all that we’ve done so far with­out the amaz­ing sup­port we have re­ceived from Paths for All.

“We’d love to have more peo­ple in our com­mu­nity get in­volved – we’ve vol­un­teer­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties to suit ev­ery­one, and par­tic­u­larly want to hear from peo­ple who have faced bar­ri­ers in get­ting in­volved in com­mu­nity projects in the past.”

As the pro­ject pro­gresses, the pub­lic is be­ing in­vited to keep up to date with the im­prove­ments and to thank the group for their work by us­ing the hash­tag #KnowYourRoutes.

Ian Find­lay, chief of­fi­cer at Paths for All, said: “Car­ry­ing out and or­gan­is­ing the up­keep of such large ar­eas can be lo­gis­ti­cally and phys­i­cally chal­leng­ing, so NCCVols re­ally does de­serve a round of ap­plause.

“The work that the group is do­ing has far more than lo­cal value – it’ll have a big im­pact on im­prov­ing the phys­i­cal, men­tal and so­cial health of so­ci­ety.

“Hav­ing safe and clear lo­cal ar­eas is so im­por­tant when it comes to keep­ing us ac­tive and con­nect­ing with na­ture and our com­mu­nity.

“Up­graded paths re­ally build on com­mu­nity spirit as they’re more fre­quently used by com­muters, dog walk­ers, jog­gers, chil­dren play­ing and peo­ple en­joy­ing the sim­ple but very im­por­tant plea­sure of just go­ing for a walk.”

Paths for All has awarded £ 90,000 worth of grants to 48 groups across Scot­land, who will trans­form ne­glected parts of their lo­cal path net­works in the com­ing months.

Bril­liant bonus NCCVols mem­bers have wel­comed the Path for All grants

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