Chris York from Walking the Talk has completed his reports and all the paths work is now back with the community to pursue. UCTC would like to thank Chris for his work and for a really useful meeting to round of this phase of the paths project.
So what next?
Steve Baguley has agreed to lead a new active group to get to work on some practical stuff and on pulling together funding for the more significant projects. An article on this went out in the most recent Pitmedden News. If anyone is interested in taking part please get in touch with Steve direct: firstname.lastname@example.org
UCTC have agreed to provide some funds to get things moving – this can be used for equipment, additional surveying etc as the group agrees. David Bell, one of UCTC’s directors, has volunteered to be part of the new paths group and will act as a link between the two. PUT Community Co-op have confirmed that it is possible for the paths group to be affiliated to them.
UCTC will also work with the group on landowner discussions and any other areas where we can provide useful support. In future the paths group will be able to apply for grants from the Community Fund like any other community group.
Work / Projects
The public meeting in April identified ways in which the paths group could get started on some basic low cost work and move on to the bigger projects. The way the feasibility reports are laid out is helpful as it breaks things down into more practical sections. Some practical work on both the Fisher Walk and Drove Road are realistic. A new path from Udny Green to Udny Post Office is more challenging.
We have various useful resources in the office on UCTC paths and maintenance. Any useful training sessions for volunteers will be posted here along with details of any Paths Group meetings.