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Push to get Peffery Way linking Dingwall and Strathpeffer on to Highland Council active travel agenda


By Hector MacKenzie

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Peffery Way
Peffery Way

ACTIVISTS behind trailblazing plans for a foot and cycle link between prominent Ross-shire communities are rallying supporters to grab an opportunity to lobby for support.

The Peffery Way is a project to connect Dingwall and Strathpeffer by a safe path that encourages active travel and stays clear of the road between the two communities.

Significant progress has already been made on sections of the route but inevitably more funding will be required to complete it. Volunteers have played a huge role progressing it to the stage it is now at.

The group is now encouraging supporters to chip in to a Highland Council consultation on an active travel network being developed during the coronavirus public health crisis.

While significant proposals are in place for Inverness, where it's hoped to encourage more cycling and walking, the only proposal currently tabled for the Dingwall and Strathpeffer areas are plans for 20 mph zones around Dingwall.

The Peffery Way team has helped blaze a trail which will ultimately provide a safe link between Dingwall and Strathpeffer for walkers and cyclists.
The Peffery Way team has helped blaze a trail which will ultimately provide a safe link between Dingwall and Strathpeffer for walkers and cyclists.

However, there is also an option to make other general comments and proposals.

The Peffery Way group took to its Facebook page to raise the awareness of supporters. It said: "If you believe, like we do, that a far more strategic intervention to benefit active travel in our area would be to see the Peffery Way completed, then please consider giving your feedback. In order to do this go to https://consult.highland.gov.uk/kse/event/35394/section/s158945657358349

It invites people to look and comment if they wish under section 4 under Dingwall Interventions.

Then it points them to section 10: Other Interventions and suggests a comment about views on the importance of seeing the Peffery Way completed might be worthwhile.

It adds: "Last year, the Core Path Review saw over 40 positive responses submitted, which was a significant and influential response.However, there are nearly 900 of you out there as Facebook followers and so it would be fantastic – and really ought to be possible – to get a much bigger response than this! We continue to work really hard to raise funds but we also benefit from clear messages of public demand. This consultation is an opportunity to do that and costs nothing, other than a few minutes of your time."

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