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By Euan Maxwell
Thumbs up for proposed cycle path

A PROPOSED cycle path linking six Annandale communities has been unanimously backed by Lockerbie Community Council.

Lochmaben to Lockerbie Community Access Group (LLCAG) chairman Hamish McGhie and member Richard Smith asked for support for their project which would link Lochmaben, Lockerbie and the Royal Four Towns.

Mr McGhie told members that the group was at the “very early stages” and stressed that they weren’t looking for funding support.

He added: “We are taking it forward as a partnership approach between our group and Dumfries and Galloway Council.

“We’ve had an initial meeting with them and we are now at the point where we need to get public support for the project.

“The plan is to link Lochmaben to Lockerbie. We would like to try and include the Royal Four Towns. If we can connect six communities that’s much better than linking two.

“What we’re trying to do is get someone who is an expert in this field to come in and actually do a feasibility study. That will provide us with options and then we can come back to community with these options.”

Mr McGhie noted that Lochmaben and the Royal Four Towns community councils gave them the green light and added: “They’ve all been very supportive of it. If we have all the community councils saying in principal they support it, then we can do a public consultation

“That feedback and support is extremely important in any application for future funding.

“This path can be used to connect transfer hubs, the station, medical practices, work and many other things.”

All seven Lockerbie community councillors present voted to support the proposed plan.

Chairwoman Jan Andrews: “Everybody here is fully supportive of the plans to connect our communities.”

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