Stirling Council was successful in their bid to Sustrans Community Links programme. There are three areas of work that will be undertaken:-
This is Phase 1 of a scheme to provide cycle routes between Bannockburn and Stirling City Centre and areas to the east and west of the City. This Phase 1 proposal is an offroad cycle route linking Bannockburn to Balquhidderock via two primary schools, a seconday school, local shops, library and a park. The project is part of a wider package of access and environmental enhancements in the area which include the creation of the Bannockburn Heritage Trail and improvements to Ladywell Park, Bannockburn as part of the delivery of the Central Scotland Green Network in Stirling. The wider package also includes streetscape improvements at the Quakerfield shoping parade in Bannockburn.
The project will provide a new off road cycle / pedestrian route alongside one of the main routes into the City, connecting Cornton to Stirling Bridge, where the route then connects with NCN765 and routes south into Stirling City and west to Raploch, Forth Valley College, and Castle Business Park. The route will provide a direct, safe and attractive route linking the Cornton community to both the local primary school and to the City and will become another 'cross town' route linking the communities and facilities to the north of the River Forth to those to the south.
Community Links Engagement Programme
This bid seeks funding for pre-construction works (community engagement and provisional design) in 2012/13 for community links projects which could be delivered in 2013/15. A two stage community consultation process, led by Forth Environment Link (The new home of the old Going Carbon Neutral Stirling "Cycle Stirling" project) with Stirling Council, will work with cyclists to develop the potential links, before engaging with the respective local communities and completing provisional designs.
The potential links are missing links in identified cycle networks and would be from:
- Bannockburn to City Centre and NCN76 (Phases 2 and 3)
- St.Ninians Primary / Stirling High (Phase2)
- Routes to Stirling and Dublane Stations
- NCN765 though Dunblane
- NCN765 between Doune and Callander & potential links
- Promotion (signage and mapping)
The project will:
- facilitate the delivery of routes which meet the demands of communities
- in maximising awareness of the links and the wider cycle network, will help maximise their use by communities