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New cycling strategy to lead the way on improving infrastructure in Formartine

5th March 2013

A cycling strategy will be the top priority for a new working group looking to pave the way for cyclists across Aberdeenshire.

As a result of community consultation, Formartine Community Planning Group has formed a group to investigate the development of cycling infrastructure across the area.

Ideas currently being discussed include the creation of a cycleway linking the Meadows Sports Centre in Ellon to the town centre, following the river Ythan, while improved bicycle parking and storage is being investigated for Meldrum and Turriff.

The group includes members of the Ythan Cycling Group and other community planning partners such as Formartine Partnership Limited, Aberdeenshire Council environmental planning and transport strategy teams.

The initial aim of the new group is to create a cycling strategy which will guide improved cycling opportunities in Formartine. Ideas are still at a formative stage, but the strategy is expected to outline how the group will source funding for the projects while investigating the feasibility of these ideas and others.

Chair of Aberdeenshire Council’s Infrastructure Services, Cllr Peter Argyle, said: “The cycling strategy is an exciting project that demonstrates the importance of consultation with the community.

“People in Formartine have identified that they would benefit from better cycling infrastructure, and the group will now work hard to develop this strategy for the benefit of all.”

Vice-chair of the committee, Cllr Alan Buchan, added: “This shows community planning in action, and I wish the group the best of luck in developing this strategy.

“Aberdeenshire is a beautiful part of the country, and this strategy may open up new opportunities to cyclists to enjoy the area. I am interested to hear new ideas from the group that will provide better cycling facilities across Formartine.”

For more information on the strategy, please contact Formartine Community Planning Officer Mark Mitchell on 01358 726406 or email mark.mitchell@aberdeenshire.gov.uk


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