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Dava Way Association to invest funds voted for by the public in improved access to route from Dallas Dhu


By Garry McCartney

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DWA volunteers Neil Sinclair (left) and Malcolm Campbell are improving access to the route from the Dallas Dhu car park. Picture: Daniel Forsyth
DWA volunteers Neil Sinclair (left) and Malcolm Campbell are improving access to the route from the Dallas Dhu car park. Picture: Daniel Forsyth

A volunteer group chosen by the public to receive Scottish Government funding is investing the money in disabled access.

Ten local groups received a share of the Scottish Government’s Empowering Communities/Investing in Communities Fund following a public vote and delegated by Money for Moray – The Dava Way Association (DWA) was awarded £4000 for improvements.

DWA secretary, Malcolm Campbell, explained that access near Dallas Dhu distillery at the Forres end of the 24 mile cross country route to Grantown-on-Spey is hampered by a steep path and a narrow right-angle bend.

He said: “The DWA receives no formal support from public funds and relies on donations and grants to pay for upkeep and improvement.

"Our plan is to put the money towards the design and construction of a new access ramp at the distillery.

"Existing access makes it very difficult for anyone with limited mobility or prams to climb from the car park to the Dava Way.

"The new ramp will have a gentle slope and a good surface. It could cost over £70K, but this donation provides the seed funding.”

The group is always looking for volunteers, particularly on monthly work parties. Email secretary@davaway.org.uk for more information.



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