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By Fiona Reid
Annan and Eskdale
Timber routes boost

THREE timber routes in the region are to get £860,000 of work to strengthen them, widen corners and provide passing places.

The Scottish Government yesterday announced the funding for the A709 Lochmaben to A75 Dumfries; the u300a at Laverhay in Upper Annandale; and for the B796 in Galloway. The government are providing £455,000 and the rest will be co-financed by Dumfries and Galloway Council and private forest owners.

Rural Affairs Minister Mairi Gougeon, pictured, yesterday unveiled the latest round of grants from the Strategic Timber Transport Fund during a visit to Forest Enterprise Scotland’s office at Ae. And she said the priorities are projects that minimise the impact of timber lorries on Scotland’s rural road network. Ms Gougeon, said: “We must also do all we can to mitigate the impact on local communities of increased timber traffic on minor rural roads. The Timber Transport Fund is there to support projects that do just that.

“This year’s awards go to local authorities and forest owners that have come forward with project ideas that will facilitate the sustainable transport of timber and ultimately benefit local communities and the environment.”

Photo by Alan Peebles

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