Cycle routes around Kirknewton – gateway to the Pentland Park

The Inaugural Meeting of the Cycle Path Development Group took place last Thursday. The objectives of this new group fit in with theme three of the Development Plan – Local Environment and Green Space and also cross over into theme two, community facilities and services and theme one, community development and volunteering.  Many thanks to all those who attended.

An enthusiastic evening’s discussions resulted in the following:
Initial proposal for the development of Selm Muir Forest to include a cycle/walking loop with long term plan to phase in various skill trails off the main loop.
Forestry Commission and other local stakeholders to be contacted to arrange a meeting in order to discuss the proposals.
Developing Mountain Biking Officer Graeme McLean to be contacted.
Cycle Scotland to be contacted with regards to the technical assistance that was offered.
The Group will investigate whether there is a viable off road cycle route to Selm Muir Forest from Kirknewton Village, working with Bike Club.
The Cycle Path Development Group will set up a Google email group for its members (14 people expressed an interest to join this group). An invitation will be sent out in due course.

Co-ordinated by members of the Park Action Group (that meets tonight, 15/11/2011 at 7.30pm in the Development Trust Office) a group of willing adults and children planted bulbs in the Kirknewton Park that will (hopefully) bloom in the spring.  You can see pictures from this activity, proposed new equipment for the park (to replace the roundabout) and from the recent Allotment Association Apple Day event (at which 200+ people attended) on the Kirknewton Community Facebook Group – again all this activity fits in nicely with the Kirknewton Development Plan that you can read online here

It’s thanks to volunteers coming forward that we get things done in Kirknewton – you will hear more stories on this blog all this week.  We also want to know what skills and volunteer time you do already or can offer (and we want to hear from you, even if you can’t) via our Skills and Volunteer survey that you can fill in online or on paper from various outlets in the village – it takes less than 5 minutes to fill in and we need your responses by 22nd November.  Thanks in advance for taking the time to fill out the survey.

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