MONTROSE is to finally have its own local path network, the last burgh in Angus to do so.
The idea for county-wide burgh path networks was first put forward by Angus Council in 2006 as part of its Angus Countryside Access Strategy and these have already been created in Forfar, Kirriemuir, Brechin, Arbroath and Monifieth while work on Carnoustie’s network was given the go-ahead last year.
A delay in completing the foot and cycle path on North Water Viaduct had held up the scheme but, as that element has now been completed, the formation of the wider £37,000 Montrose network can now go ahead.
In a report this week to the council’s infrastructure services committee, director Eric Lowson said the path will take the same form as the other burghs’ with the signposting of existing routes and the production of a Montrose Path Network leaflet, which will be distributed through tourist information centres, libraries and Access offices.
Although still to be finalised, the network could include routes from Ferryden to Mains of Usan via Scurdie Ness lighthouse, the Montrose eastern cycle path, Montrose airfield to the River North Esk and Borrowfield to Dubton.
Local councillor David May this week welcomed the start of the project which he said would appeal to both visitors and local people.
He said: “As I played a role with the introduction of the popular North Water Viaduct cycle path the timing for introducing this network is correct despite the fact that some minor works have still to be completed at he viaduct as well as a section of path between Borrowfield and Dubton.
“I am sure both the leaflet and the signposts will be welcomed in the town.”