Sun 29 May 16
Monies have been awarded to the Cycling sub-group working on behalf of Anstruther Community Council. Sustrans have promised £280,383 to match funding already agreed from within Fife Council.
Cllr Elizabeth Riches, East Neuk councillor, welcomed the exciting news. "This will enable work to be started on the design, with the help of Fife Council, which Sustrans will need to approve before the full funding is released. In addition this will all be subject to successful agreements being concluded with landowners along the route.
The aim of the group is to provide a shared-use path from Pittenweem to Anstruther, linking the main venues and shops and the harbour area, on to Cellardyke and finishing in Kilrenny. This shared-use path will encourage school children to cycle safely to school, allow those with mobility scooters to easily access local amenities and provide walkers and runners with additional routes.
This is not the limit of our ambition as we hope to eventually have a cycle track linking all the East Neuk villages. We also welcome the work St Andrew's University is carrying out to link the town to Kingsbarns and Crail.
Andy Peddie, Chairman of East Neuk Local Tourism Association and of Anstruther Community Council, has also welcomed the announcement. 'Walking and cycling are becoming increasingly important for visitors to our part of Fife. They want to explore the area by bike or on foot and obviously desire safe routes to do so.
During the tourist season the main roads are very busy, and can be dangerous. It will be great for them to be able to enjoy all our area has to offer using shared-use paths.
The new shared-use paths will be an additional draw for people to this area and more importantly will extend the length of the season as visitors are happy to come for cycle holidays outwith the traditional holiday season.
The ENLTA wholeheartedly welcomes the announcement that Sustrans are supporting the new shared-use pathway project.'
'Many people within our community have worked hard to make this project happen and this shows what can be achieved by pulling together.
The new shared-use paths will encourage locals and visitors alike to get out and enjoy our wonderful town.
The Community Council is very proud to have been involved in this project and look forward to working with others to see it completed.'