New path for Insch

A NEW shared foot and cycle path was opened officially in Insch yesterday (Wednesday) which will link housing on the south side of the river to the centre of the village. The path, which has been named Primary Lane, has had a unique counter installed which will keep track of how well it is used.

Primary Lane was named by pupils at Insch Primary School and starts on Old Mart Avenue, making its way across a newly constructed bridge, through the boundaries of the NHS grounds where it ends on Rannes Street.

Primary Lane has been developed by Aberdeenshire Council in partnership with the National Health Service, Grampian Police and Sustrans promoting smarter, sustainable travel choices and providing a quicker, safer route for residents to the facilities within the village, including the Health Centre.

Chairman of Aberdeenshire Council’s Infrastructure Services Committee, Councillor Peter Argyle, commended the work of all the bodies that had been involved in creating the path and commented: “The Primary Lane project and the Health and Transport Action Plan highlight the importance of working together.

“I truly hope this path helps make Insch a more accessible place for children travelling to school and for other residents who wish to access the town’s facilities.”

Insch Primary Head teacher, Shelia Middleton spoke of her delight at the opening: “I am delighted to see this path completed. Many of our pupils are already using the path which has helped encourage them to be more active when travelling to school. “We will be keeping an eye on walking and cycling levels to school over the coming months.”

The aspiration for the path first emerged in 2006, through the ’Safer Routes to School’ project as a route that would help pupils living in the Old Mart housing development walk to Insch Primary School.”

The bridge was specifically proposed to reduce the distance pupils had to walk, as well as providing them with a safer route away from busy traffic.

The proposal was taken forward as part of the Health and Transport Action Plan which sees Aberdeen City, Aberdeenshire and Moray Councils, NHS Grampian and Nestrans working together to deliver projects that promote improved community health.