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Welcome to CCT's first e-newsletter!

Last November we told you that in order to save money but still keep our members informed, the CCT Board decided to move Crieff Matters to an e-newsletter format that will be emailed to members on a more regular basis. The same information will be submitted to the Crieff & Comrie Quair so those without an email address can still be kept up to date with our projects.

REFURBISHMENT OF LADY MARY’S WALK IN ACORN DELL
 
We are happy to announce that the improvements to the first section of Lady Mary’s Walk (along the Turret Burn in Acorn Dell) were completed and the path reopened on February 12th.
 
The path has been completely rebuilt with an excellent all-weather surface. One section of the path has also been moved onto higher ground to protect it from flooding - something which has frequently rendered it unusable in recent years.
 
This first part of the very popular Lady Mary’s Walk is now accessible to all, including wheelchair users, prams and cyclists, although horse riders should continue to use the access to Lady Mary’s Walk via Laggan Road until the end of March to allow the refurbished section to harden.
 
The work was completed quickly and efficiently, despite some terrible weather during the process, and we would like to thank the contractors, Thomson Landscapes, for all their hard work.
 
The land alongside the Turret Burn, through which the path runs, was purchased for the people of Crieff in 2012 and a group of local volunteers set out to find a way of improving that section of the path and bringing it up to the standard of the rest of Lady Mary’s Walk.
 
Crieff Community Trust has been supporting the initiative by raising funding and working together with the Perth and Kinross Countryside Trust and Perth and Kinross Council to make the work possible.
 
In 2015 grants totalling £22,000 were awarded to Crieff Community Trust from SSE’s Sustainable Development Fund and PKC’s Community Environment Challenge Fund.  This funding has enabled Phase 1 of the project to be completed.

SO, WHAT ABOUT PHASE 2?
 
In relation to the repair of the remaining section of path along the Turret Burn, and the section between the confluence of the Turret and the Sands, our initial consultation with SEPA has indicated to us that it is not an option to rebuild the path along the Earn because of the potential impact this could have on flooding further downstream.  This section of the path will continue to be available for fit and able walkers when the river is not in spate, but it cannot be repaired to the same standard as the rest of Lady Mary’s Walk.
 
So, if we want a path from Turretbank Road to the main Lady Mary’s path to be fully accessible to cyclists, prams wheelchair users, and people with mobility problems, then an alternative route will need to be identified. This will involve further investigation and consultation with the community.
 
We hope to be able to say more about this soon.
PATH MAINTENANCE

This year, the Crieff Paths Group has decided to pre-program dates for path maintenance activity rather than announce ad hoc working parties as in previous years.  The group hopes that this will allow volunteers to plan ahead. The planned dates are the last Saturday of each month as follows:

• March 26
• April 30
• May 28
• June 25
• July 30
• August 27
• September 24
• October 29

Details for each work party will be announced a couple of weeks in advance on the CCT website and Facebook page. If you have any suggestions for a project which you think is within the group’s scope (ie. zero to little capital cost involved) and which will improve our local paths, email Alex MacLeod, the co-ordinator of the group at
alexmcleodnairn@hotmail.com.
 
Richard Armstrong (our local PKC countryside ranger) also runs a group every Thursday afternoon, meeting at the Knock car park at 1.00 pm. Anyone interested can just turn up. (Or contact Richard 07795 978335 for more information)
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