A major step forward in improving Edinbane's paths and access has been taken.

The Edinbane Community Company (ECC) has been awarded £80,000 by the Scottish Government through Sustrans Scotland’s Community Links programme

The ECC are aware of at least five local paths and cycle routes earmarked for improvement.  Speaking on behalf of the ECC Chairman, Alistair Danter said: "Our priority would be to see the path extended from the caravan park to Flashadder, others include the top road into the village as well as the Greshornish loop and extending a recovered section of old road as far as the Fairy Bridge, all of which would provide a great deal of benefit to the area. We look forward to working with the residents and businesses as we shape our local environment and link the places they live, with where they want to go.

Local MSP Kate Forbes congratulated the group - “This is tremendously good news for Edinbane Community Company. The funding of £80,000 will open a lot of new opportunities to extend and to build paths. These paths will make the area a lot more accessible to cyclists and walkers, whether they be school children, holiday-makers or commuters."

An extensive community consultation will be conducted, enabling residents to make their views known on what areas they would like to see improved.

Image above: A850 road, where it is hoped that a path could be installed.