£56,000 funding boost pays off for Duns Green Paths Project

A PROJECT designed to give pupils at Berwickshire High a safer route to school has received the seal of approval from Transport Minister Keith Brown after he visited the area last week.

Mr Brown MSP was in the Borders to announce the region’s share of a £440,000 funding pot devoted to getting communities more active and the team behind Duns green paths project has certainly made the most of their £56,000 grant.

The path, which has been open to the public since April and is well used, provides a link between Duns town centre and the high school and those involved are hoping it will encourage even more youngsters to walk or cycle to school when the new term begins in August.

Mr Brown, who also took a short trip along the Peebles-Innerleithen cycle path which recieved a £20,000 grant, said the Duns Green Path Project “would undoubtedly make it safer for children travelling to school” and also praised Scottish Borders Council’s efforts to help promote active travel in the region.

And Councillor Frances Renton too paid tribute to SBC and echoed the sentiments of Mr Brown that the scheme would make the trip to school a much safer and enjoyable one for pupils of Berwickshire High.

She said: “This is good news for Duns. The path has been in use since about April and many members of the public have made comment on how pleasant the walk is, and I know that pupils from the high school were using it before the school broke up for the summer.

“I would certainly be encouraging more youngsters to walk to both the primary and high school on this safer route away from the busy traffic at certain times in the day. Thanks must go to Scottish Borders Council’s access officers and the safer routes to school team for moving so quickly to get this built as I believe that there was only a short time in which we had to spend this grant money.”

Councillor Gordon Edgar, executive member for roads and infrastructure at SBC added: “We were really pleased to have the Transport Minister visit the Borders as we’re passionate about offering children an alternative to being driven to and from school.

“The introduction of the Duns greenway and the future Peebles to Innerleithen cycleway will make a difference to the travel choices available to those who live and visit these areas.”