Contractors have moved onto the Jubilee Park this week to start building the new multi-user path around the perimeter. Steven Boath and Martin Devaney of the Jubilee Park Working Group were on hand to get the works under way, anticipating a smooth construction process over the next four weeks, weather permitting.
The Group have commissioned local company SHH Construction to build the 665-metre-long all-weather path suitable for 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 works, the park will remain open to the public 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 last 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 Working Group have secured funding for the £60,000 project from SSEN Transmission, the Drumderg Windfarm Community Fund, Glenisla Developments Ltd, and Alyth Development Trust.