Pentlands to Porty - Our Vision for the Future

Feasibility Study Submitted for Major New Pathway for Walkers and Cyclists

The Friends Group has been actively involved in securing £30,000 for a feasibility study into our vision for a pathway that follows the burn and links the Pentlands to the sea at Portobello. This pathway would effectively replicate the Water of Leith Walkway but on a smaller scale.

The study was carried out by leading environmental consultancy Ironside Farrer, and was funded by Sustrans and the Central Scotland Green Network Development fund. We're very grateful for both organisations recognising the potential for a fantastic pathway that links the Pentlands to the sea, and to the John Muir Way and other strategic pathways and networks. It will contribute to increased sustainable transport, especially with regard to the central location of Edinburgh Royal Infirmary, where the new Sick Kids Hospital and Bioquarter are being developed.

The proposals will also help promote economic development and regeneration in south and east Edinburgh, encouraging more tourists to visit more than the city centre, helping promote local visitor attractions like Gilmerton Cove and Craigmillar Castle. We will update Fraiends and supporters through our newsletter and Facebook page.

The project is will also feed into the council's new development plan, which will propose priorities for development of the city up to the year 2030. Our team has been in touch with planners working on the development plan with the objective of securing support for the development of this major new pathway, and the enhancement of other local pathways to create a network of spaces for leisure activity and tourism.

The feasibility study will be launched before this summer (2019).

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