Cycle path plan aims to get folk fitter

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Aberdeenshire Council is set to spend almost £900,000 on getting the folk of Fraserburgh fitter.

In it’s programme for active travel and road safety, councillors have been asked to approve the works, which will see the creation of cycle paths between Fraserburgh and its surrounding villages.

Members will discuss the proposals when the infrastructure services committee meets on Thursday in Aberdeen.

In a report to councillors, director of infrastructure services, Stephen Archer, says the plan represents a series of activities and campaigns rather than physical infrastructure.

“Being indicative rather than prescriptive, some activities will develop and change during the financial year such that there is not a requirement for a main or reserve list.”

The Fraserburgh cycle network would see a path created between the Broch and Inverallochy and St. Combs as a ‘main project’, with routes through the Waters of Philorth and Pitullie on the reserve list. It would provide footways which walkers and bikers could use to travel between Fraserburgh and the surrounding villages.

Mr Archer says the works contained within the programme would be carried out using both in-house staff and private contractors.

“Where works included in this programme are let to external contractors, the usual Civil Engineering Contracts will apply and these contracts will be subjectto re-measurement in accordance with the applicable Methods ofMeasurement,” he said. “This may well vary the sum due to the contractor from thatstated in the estimated value reported to committee.

“The Committee is therefore asked to delegate authority for the approval of costs associated with contract re-measurement to the Head of Roads, Landscape Services and Waste Management and/or Head of Transportation, as appropriate,” he added.