Local residents had their say on new active travel and streetscape improvements during a successful community engagement exercise undertaken last year as part of the Balfron Active Places project.
Through the consultation exercise, detailed designs were developed for five areas in Balfron, including The Clachan; Printers Row; Buchanan Street North; Buchanan Street South; and Station Road.
Footpaths, crossings and traffic calming
Improvements to The Clachan and Printers Row area will begin on September 28th, and will involve the widening of footpaths, the construction of new crossing facilities and new traffic calming measures. Work will also begin on the implementation of a 20mph speed limit for Balfron.
Stirling Council successfully secured funding from the Scottish Government, through Sustrans Scotland’s Places for Everyone programme to part fund the initiative. Places For Everyone provides advice and support for the creation of infrastructure which increases the number of trips made by walking, cycling and wheeling.
Convener of the Environment and Housing Committee, Councillor Jim Thomson said: “This project will deliver high-quality networks for cyclists and pedestrians in Balfron and enhance a variety of different areas for the benefit of the local community.
“These improvements will not only improve pedestrian and cyclist travel, they will benefit those with impaired mobility, creating a space that provides enjoyment, comfort and protection for everybody who uses them.
“Cycling and walking have so many benefits, to both physical and mental health, and these initiatives in Balfron will offer a range of active travel options for today’s and future generations.”
Improving access for everyone
Vice Convener, Councillor Danny Gibson said: “This exciting project has been developed in consultation with the local community and will make a real difference to how people travel in Balfron.
“By working together, with both our communities and Sustrans, we are delivering real improvements to Stirling’s infrastructure, which are improving access for everyone and helping reach our long-term goal of achieving a sustainable and active Stirling.”
Infrastructure Coordinator for Sustrans Scotland, Davina Bright said: “Sustrans are delighted to support the delivery of a safe and accessible active travel network that will link up the Balfron community. Walking, cycling and wheeling are just as important for rural communities they are for urban ones. The Balfron Active Places project demonstrates that.”
Improvement works to The Clachan and Printers Row are expected to last around ten weeks, subject to Covid-19 instructions.
At certain points in this programme to ensure the safe passage of pedestrians and traffic, traffic management diversions will be place in place within the village.
More information about the traffic management diversion plan, as well as the Balfron Active Places project, can be found here.