Angus MacDonald MSP Welcomes Scottish Government Cash Boost for Bo'ness to Blackness Section of the John Muir Trail

Falkirk East MSP Angus MacDonald has welcomed a £100,000 Scottish Government cash boost which will allow work to begin soon on upgrading the Bo'ness to Blackness section of the John Muir Trail.

The funding through the Legacy 2014 Active Places Fund, which is administered by sportscotland, will assist with the upgrade of the coastal path which will open up more green spaces for locals as well as attracting more visitors to the area on the tourist and walking trail.

The long distance route for walkers, named after the 19th century naturalist, will run 100 miles from Dunbar, through Bo’ness, Blackness and Falkirk to Helensburgh, boosting tourism and helping Scots get close to nature.

Welcoming the funding, Angus MacDonald said:

“This SNP Government funding is extremely welcome. With the opening of the John Muir Trail planned for 2014 this funding will improve and repair the section of the path between Bo’ness and Blackness, with work due to commence in the near future. This work adds to work already underway in other parts of Falkirk district, and I was pleased to see other work being done on the John Muir Trail at first hand by Callander Estates on a recent visit arranged by Scottish Land and Estates a few weeks ago.

“The regeneration of this section of the path between Bo’ness and Blackness will be welcomed by locals and visitors alike.”

Minister for Commonwealth Games and Sport Shona Robison this week announced the first 24 projects to benefit from the £10 million Active Places Fund. With projects across Scotland securing funding to build play parks, upgrade walking trails and refurbish football pitches, grants of between £10,000 and £100,000 are still available. The closing date for the next round of applications will be on 1 July.

Ms Robison said:  “Communities across Scotland will directly benefit from the Games with the award of this funding to upgrade facilities across the country.

“This fund allows individuals, young and old, increased access to sport and physical activity, whilst also developing the skills and experience of users, coaches and volunteers.

“The fund is open for further applications and I’d encourage local communities to apply now for their share of the £10 million pot.”

A total of £1,228,727 has been awarded to projects in 15 local authorities with more to be announced in the near future.  With additional funding from partners, communities are seeing more than £3.3million invested in facilities across Scotland.

Louise Martin, Chair of sportscotland, said:  “We are capitalising on the excitement and fervour surrounding Glasgow 2014 by accelerating our plans to implement a world-class sporting system at every level.

“We now have many excellent top-end facilities in Scotland, which are being used by high performance athletes as well as grassroots and club participants, and we are continuously improving community sport facilities.

“The Active Places Fund is an important component of delivering a lasting sporting legacy from hosting the Games and will have a very positive impact on communities right across Scotland.”

Falkirk Council and Scottish Natural Heritage will also help fund the project.

Find out how you can be part of the Games legacy at www.legacy2014.co.uk

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