A new route to improve the link between Abronhill and the town centre through Kildrum and Carbrain is being proposed and the local community are invited to have their say at a special consultation event next month.
Cumbernauld Living Landscape and Central Scotland Green Network Trust (CSGNT) have been working for the last two years with community partners to develop a detailed, green design for the route, aiming to reconnect the people of Cumbernauld with their natural environment.
The designs for the green route, have £42,000 of Scottish Government funding through Sustrans Scotland’s Community Links programme in partnership with CSGNT and North Lanarkshire Council. They have been developed to encourage active travel on foot and by bike. Once completed the project will make it easier for people to travel actively to school, their local services, greenspaces and other local journeys.
The consultation will be held on Thursday 1 February at the Learning Centre, Cumbernauld YMCA on Afton Road from 1pm to 7.30pm and will display the design of the new route for people to have their say on.
Mike Batley, Development Officer with CSGNT, said: “The proposed improvements will provide much needed developments to these spaces. It will encourage people to walk and cycle and help those who may not have access to a car.
“The green routes programme supports local projects and makes a real difference to people’s day-to-day life. We look forward to sharing and discussing the proposed plans with the community at the consultation.”
Ian Mackenzie, Scottish Wildlife Trust Living Landscape Manager, said: “Working on these designs and thinking about how we can improve these spaces has been great fun. Now, we really need people to tell us if we have got the designs right.
“We encourage people to share their feedback by coming along to the consultation event, filling in a survey form, or visiting the Living Landscape website.”
Sustrans Scotland Community Links Manager, Dave Keane, said: “This is a fantastic project which we hope will make a real difference to the local area and networks and encourage residents and visitors to Cumbernauld to walk and cycle for more of the journeys they make every day.”