Contractors will start work early next month on a new multi-user path encircling the Diamond Jubilee Park in Alyth.
Local company SHH Construction Ltd are scheduled to move on site in early February to begin building the 665-metre-long path around the perimeter of the Park.
SHH has been commissioned by the Jubilee Park Working Group to build an all-weather path suitable for multi-purpose use by walkers, runners, wheelchair-users, cyclists and people with buggies and prams. At present, there are no paths in the Park, making it difficult for many people to enjoy the open space.
During the four-week building programme, the park will remain open to the public throughout, with only those areas cordoned off that are being worked on as the path progresses.
The start of work marks the culmination of a year of consultation, discussion and planning for the Group. Almost 200 people responded to a consultation during the Spring and Summer this year, which produced a resounding ‘Yes’ for a new path and possibly other improvements in the future.
The Working Group see the path as the first major project to launch under the umbrella of the Alyth Community Action Plan, a five-year initiative bringing together community groups, businesses and the people of Alyth to work together on making the town a better place to live and work. The Jubilee Park path will link together a number of existing walking routes in and around the town, encouraging and enabling more people to enjoy outdoors exercise.
The Group has secured funding for the £60,000 project from SSEN Transmission, the Drumderg Windfarm Community Fund, Glenisla Developments Ltd, and Alyth Development Trust. SSEN Transmission are currently building the new electricity sub-station southeast of Alyth; the Drumderg Windfarm, northwest of Alyth, is operated by SSEN Renewables; Glenisla Developments are currently building the Pitcrocknie residential and care home development on the eastern edge of Alyth.