Perth & Kinross Council and Muir Homes have teamed up to provide a cycle/footpath from the current Muir Homes development in Auchterarder to The Community School of Auchterarder.
Work began last week on the new pathway which is being constructed at the rear of the school, allowing direct pedestrian/cycle access into the campus from the residential development.
The Council and Muir Homes are jointly funding the path, with Muir Homes carrying out the actual building work on site.The work is expected to take three to four weeks in total, and has been timed so that the bulk of the work can take place during the Easter holidays.
Leader of Perth & Kinross Council, Councillor Murray Lyle said: “This is great news for the Community School of Auchterarder. Encouraging children to walk, cycle and scoot to school will reduce congestion and pollution around the school gates. It will also help the children’s mental and physical health. Teachers find that pupils who walk and cycle arrive at school more relaxed, alert and ready to start the day than those who travel by car.”
David Scobbie, Director of Muir Homes, said: “Muir Homes is delighted to contribute towards, and arrange the construction of, the new pathway which will both benefit the pedestrian access to the community school and reduce the environmental impact of vehicle journeys.
“The pathway will contribute to an improved safe route to school for pupils and encourage further use of the community facilities at the campus.”