Walkway would link Innerwick with Dunbar

EAST Lammermuir Community Council are to give their support to a proposed new cycle/walk way.

The new initiative would allow cyclists and walkers from Innerwick to reach Dunbar without having to travel on or cross the busy A1.

Morag Haddow of Sustaining Dunbar and Mark James of Dunbar Cycling Group gave a short presentation to community council members. They pointed out the difficulties involved in encouraging villagers to use alternative modes of transport, especially when no alternative facilities/pathways etc. were in place.

Various options have been looked at and researched in order to make access available and after discussion it was felt the easiest and cheapest option was to include a cycle/walk way using an existing right of way. Where a right of way does not exist it was hoped to meet with and obtain agreement from landowners in order that a continuous right of way could be put in place.

Mr Gilchrist, who was in attendance at the meeting and farms in the area was able to advise on the right of ways currently in place and put forward suggestions as to the best possible route.

It was noted that the community council had, during the A1 upgrade, met with and discussed various options for allowing Innerwick villagers access to cross the A1 and the building of a flyover and/or tunnel had proved to be too expensive.

PC L. Scott advised it was illegal to cycle on the A1 from Thistly Cross roundabout to Edinburgh, but not illegal to cycle from the same roundabout to Cockburnspath. However, Lothian and Borders Police strongly advised cyclists not to cycle on this stretch of the A1 as it was extremely dangerous and they were very much in support of an alternative route for cyclists/walkers to reach Dunbar.

Morag Haddow added that she is looking at submitting an application for funding within the next few weeks and is also in discussions with Viridor Waste Management for a cycle path from Oxwellmains to Dunbar.

The community council said they were keen to support this initiative and a letter of support will be sent to Sustaining Dunbar.