This is a community-led project, the first of its kind in Fife, and a sub group of Kilrenny, Anstruther and Cellardyke Community Council has been formed to take this project forward. The Anstruther Cycle Group has formed a partnership with Fife Council to ensure that a mixture of expertise and resources are harnessed to deliver this £1 million project.
4 years ago we met with the East Neuk Community Council Forum with representatives from each of the CC’s in the East Neuk.
The initial aim is to provide for multi-use paths connecting Pittenweem-Anstruther-Cellardyke-Kilrenny. Consultation commenced with the public, schools and local businesses in December 2015. The paths form part of a bigger vision to link the East Neuk between Elie in the west and Crail in the east. The route will then continue on to St Andrews via Kingsbarns, with these sections being progressed by St Andrews University.
This will, in effect, parallel the Fife Coastal Path currently used by over 500,000 people per year.
In addition, links to the Shore and shops etc will be signposted, and improved where possible.
The benefits of the initiative are Safe Routes to Schools, and the promotion of Health, Tourism, local Economy and Environment.
The project will work on a number of levels and will provide safe and accessible multi-use links to schools, shops, places of interest, and other destinations. It will help children to cycle safely to school, everyday trips by locals to access the shops, tourists and locals to enjoy the local environment and places of interest, and the disabled to use their mobility scooters for access to local services.
Along this length are many hotels, guest houses, bed and breakfasts, and backpackers hostels. They will all benefit from increased trade thereby safeguarding jobs, and creating others.
The design comprises mainly off-road facilities including a mix of new-build sections of 3m footways/cycleways alongside existing roads, together with some existing 3m footways/cycleways, and other sections of footways which will be converted to at least 2.5m width for combined use (all to be sealed surfaced and built to approved Sustrans standards). Road crossings will be facilitated by the use of dropped kerbs, Toucan crossings, and build-outs to create traffic-calmed sections, as appropriate.
There will also be a minimum of on-road facilities where applicable in the 20mph areas, incorporating comprehensive signing and lining, cycle lanes, removal of inappropriate access controls, and diversion away from adverse gradients.
The project also includes the following sustainable proposals:
- solar energy lights along unlit sections. We propose to use different coloured illuminated road studs at farm crossings etc; the studs also flash to warn of the possible dangers of frost,
- charging points and parking for Mobility scooters/bikes [We plan to improve the proposed cycle parking provision at the new Waid Community Hub, by expanding it to incorporate electric charging points for cycles and mobility scooters. This will be replicated along the shore front at The Folly],
- living willow tunnel in Bankie Park and Edible Route,
- viewpoints and information boards (including QR codes) and part of the Telescope project [Information Boards will be designed for installation at key points along the route including at designated viewpoints and at the proposed telescope viewpoint,
- comprehensive direction signs including cycling time [An indicative comprehensive direction signing strategy has already been developed. These will be specific cycling signs showing the main destinations together with the average cycling time to get there],
- secure cycle parking linked to coastal path [ Secure cycle parking is proposed along The Folly, at the car park at Anstruther Golf Club, and is to be provided at the Community Hub],
- part of the established Edible Route way [Additional fruit trees are proposed alongside various sections of the route between Pittenweem and Kilrenny],
- expansion of the existing GEO-Caching network [ It is proposed to expand the existing basic geocaching network in the area. This could involve using the local schools to participate in identifying locations for new caches, enabling locals and tourists to investigate further,
- cycle repair stations: these provide a pump, repair tools and a stand to carry out basic cycle maintenance and repairs. These will be provided at the Community Hub, the primary school and at the Folly.
The project cost of the Pittenweem to Kilrenny cyclepath and associated works is approximately £1M. This has been funded by the local group, local and national grants, and has been match-funded by Sustrans.
|A-C Pittenweem to Waid Academy||(i)Dreelside Park – completed
(ii) Pittenweem to Queens Gardens – awaiting land negotiations
(iii) Dreelside to Waid- route under discussion
|C-D Waid to Bankie Park||Existing route to be improved|
|D-E Bankie Park||Completed|
|E-F Bankie Park to Windmill Road||Existing route to be improved|
|F-I Windmill Road to Kilrenny Bridge||Land negotiations completed|
|G-H Windmill Road to Memorial||Later phase awaiting land negotiations|
|H-I Memorial to Kilrenny Mill||ditto|
|K Silverdykes / Church Link||Completed|
Three sections have been completed; a fourth will be going out to tender shortly now that land negotiations have just been completed; we are awaiting completion of land negotiations on the Pittenweem section; and existing sections will be upgraded with signing and lining. We are currently about 18 months into a 2+ year programme of works.
We intend to work closely with both schools to ensure that Travel Plans, Safe Routes to Schools, bicycle training etc reflect the proposed infrastructure.
We are also about to embark on a Feasibility Study for a shared-use path between Kilrenny and Crail.
Regular updates and liaison with adjoining Community Councils is being maintained through the EAST NEUK AND LANDWARD JOINT COMMUNITY COUNCIL FORUM.
In summary, we have built paths through Bankie Park and Dreelside Park, and also the link adjacent to Cellardyke Church.
We have just completed land negotiations for the Windmill Road to Kilrenny section, which we hope to start work on in the near future.
We are also in continuing negotiation with the landowner and tenant for the final section out to Pittenweem.
Further afield, we hope to see the first draft of the Kilrenny to Crail Feasibility Study soon. That will enable us to start to plan public consultations for this multiuse path. We will then need to start again on finding funds.
STOP PRESS: We are aiming to hold Bike in the Park 2, in Bankie Park on Sunday 8th April from about 11.30 to 3.30 pm. Old favourites Dr Bike and Peachy Keen will be there. We will also be having a wooden activity trail, E-bikes, balance bikes, and a Road Safety Activity Layout. We are also looking for help with stewarding this event. Information about the multi use paths will be on display.
Updated 11 March 2018