Existing paths will be improved and new links will be created giving local residents safe, traffic-free access around the sports centre and to the local community woodland which can be used for outdoor education and recreational activities.
Works will involve resurfacing the existing path network, improving drainage and increasing the width of paths from 1.5m to 2m to make them safer for cyclists, walkers, joggers and triathalon groups of all mobility levels to use.
The work, which is due to get underway in spring 2015, is expected to benefit 9,000 residents in Linwood, as well as 650,000 annual visitors to the ON-X.
A grant of £3,000 from Glasgow Airport helped to fund the full extent of the project and has enabled Renfrewshire Council to attract more funders to the project.
The Linwood Community Woodland Link project is a partnership project with Linwood Active, Renfrewshire Council, sportscotland, Renfrewshire Leisure, Houston, Crosslee, Linwood, Riverside and Erskine Local Area Committee and Renfrewshire Community Health Partnership. Forestry Commission Scotland also supports this project.
Renfrewshire Councillor Sam Mullin, who sits on the FlightPath Fund Committee said:
“This is a fantastic initiative which will help local residents and visitors to Linwood get more active in a safe environment. The FlightPath Fund is eager to support projects which are beneficial in terms of education, employment and the environment, and this project meets all three of those. We’re looking forward to seeing how the project develops over the coming months.”
Lesley Compston, Secretary of Linwood Active said:
“We are delighted to be part of this project, Linwood Active use these paths as part of the annual 5k and have cleaned up the area by litter clearing regularly since 2006. We are looking forward to seeing the results of the hard work and commitment that our partners have had on this project. Having safe places for our community to access and enjoy is our ethos and remains our focus for the community of Linwood.”