Huntly a Step Closer to Footpath on Portsoy Road

Huntly Development Trust has submitted an application for planning permission to build an off-road footpath along the Portsoy Road, which will improve the safety of a popular walking route around the town.

As part of the proposed path will be built on the riverbank, an application to SEPA has also been submitted.  Determination is expected to take up to 4 months, with construction of the path to be completed, subject to planning permission, by the end of March 2012.

The project, commissioned by HDT, will provide the Huntly community and visitors to the town with a safe off road all abilities footpath along the verge adjacent to the B9022 Portsoy Road.  This will provide a safe circular route around the town and allow better access to the Forestry Commission walks in the Bin Forest for walkers, cyclists and Nordic Skiers.  The Trust has secured funding for the project from LEADER, Scottish Natural Heritage and Aberdeenshire Council and the project will be managed by Cairngorms Outdoor Access Trust.

Donald Boyd, Development Manager at Huntly Development Trust said 'The submission of the planning application is a milestone in what has been a lengthy process and I look forward to joining members of our community using the new path in 2012.  We are very grateful to our funders for their support for the project.'

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