Angus Council has made ambitious bids totalling £789,000 from the Scottish Government’s Spaces for People fund aimed at supporting public health, active travel and road safety.
Managed and administered by Sustrans, the fund is designed to address public health issues by allowing people to move around their local area safely while keeping to physical distancing requirements during the transition through and out of the COVID-19 crisis.
A sum of £50,000 has already been secured for a consultant to carry out necessary feasibility studies and options appraisals for the “lives-changing” project and is another boost in the promotion of active travel and road safety in Angus.
A further bid for £110,000 has also been successful to install temporary 20mph speed restrictions at all seven Burgh towns in Angus and in the villages of Edzell, Friockheim and Liff as efforts to make our Spaces for People are ramped up
A follow-up bid of £629,000 was submitted last week for further temporary 20mph speed restrictions in six villages and for physical intervention measures in all Burgh towns, which will include barriers and signage to promote physical distancing within the new areas where temporary 20mph speed restrictions are operating and in each school cluster across Angus.
The additional six villages are Glamis, Hillside, Kingsmuir, Letham, Newbigging and Newtyle.
Communities Convener Mark Salmond said: “These bids represent Angus Council’s determination to deliver measures that address the current and ongoing public health need to maintain safer social distances in our towns and villages. They are also designed to increase the already growing numbers of people who are walking and cycling during the coronavirus pandemic.
“We want to support safer, healthier lifestyles through and beyond this public health crisis, by promoting active travel for day-to-day journeys, whether for leisure or work purposes, in a safe and healthy environment through the route out of the lockdown and beyond. This has undoubtedly got to be a silver lining to the COVID-19 cloud.
“The Spaces for People is 100% grant funded and we are delighted to have already received news of our successful bids of £160,000. These are being progressed for delivery in July. We are also eagerly awaiting confirmation from Sustrans that we can progress with the detailing and delivery of £629,000 for further active travel and road safety interventions during this summer.”