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Sustrans and Moray Council to gather feedback from community on new cycle path for Forres

By Garry McCartney

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The bridge at Fleurs is set to be at the centre of a revamped cycle path through the town.
The bridge at Fleurs is set to be at the centre of a revamped cycle path through the town.

THE custodian of the national cycling network has plans for Forres.

Sustrans is chiefly funding a Moray Council project centred on improving pathways between Fleurs and the Sanquhar Road end of Orchard Road.

A Sustrans spokesperson said: “The new path will link existing paths around Roysvale connecting to Forres Academy and Applegrove. Moray Council is working towards community engagement on designs.”

A local authority spokesperson confirmed the aim is to deliver a scheme that meets the needs of the public, and increase the number of journeys by foot and cycle.

She said: “We’re preparing plans to go on our website with a comments section to gather feedback. Most communication will be web-based, ie online forums workshops, surveys and focus groups, but we hope to also include surveys for residents via letter drop and collect. We aim to have all engagement completed by May.”

Councillor Aaron McLean believes the project has been discussed further by Forres Green Spaces User Group.

He said: “The initial plans I saw were to link up the new bridge across the Mosset and create a safer route for children to get to school. We will see if changes need to be made.”

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