A NUMBER of improvement packages for the Queensferry area have been endorsed for the year ahead.
Almost £20,000 is to be spent on improving community areas while £70,000 is to be set aside for the upgrade of street lighting in the town in the new year.
The local improvement projects are being funded thanks to grants from the Almond Neighbourhood Partnership (ANP) and the city council,
The ANP, which covers the Queensferry, Dalmeny and Kirkliston area, is a group made up of local residents, councillors, police and other organisations whose aim is to work together to improve the quality of life in their local area.
One of the projects the group is set to fund is the fencing of a communal grassland area at Ochil Court.
The area, which is within a cul-de-sac, has been troubled by continued dog fouling and now, in a bid to prevent the problem, the area is to be fenced off.
Mature trees at the site will also be thinned out. The cost of this project is in the region of £18,000.
Nearby, at the sheltered housing complex at Rosebery Court, around £1000 is to be spent on upgrading a communal area for residents with new concrete slabbing, seating and landscaping being provided.
Councillor Norman Work, who is convenor of the Almond Neighbourhood Partnership, highlighted the concerns of residents within his ward to the group.
He said: “There has been a problem with dog fouling at Ochil Court for a while and residents contacted me to see if there was anything that could be done to prevent it.
‘‘While it is always the responsibility of dog owners to clean up after their dogs, I hope the fencing and landscaping will add to the area.
“At Rosebery Court, the residents contacted me about the state of paving. I am delighted that the partnership is funding these works.’’
Councillor Work was also delighted this week to be told the city council is set to fund the upgrade of street lighting on Hopetoun Road and The Loan.
There have major problems with lighting in both these areas in recent years.
After he raised the matter with the council and Scottish Power on behalf of residents, Councillor Work was told this week that funds have been set aside in the council’s 2013/14 budget for the works to go ahead.
The works on Hopetoun Road will see new street lights from its junction with Morison Gardens to the High Street and up The Loan to Burgess Road.
The funding will cover the replacement of the lighting columns and underground cabling.
And, at Society Road, new fencing is to be erected around the perimeter of King George V Park.
Proposals have been put forward to install a ‘‘Goal End’’, a teenage play facility at the park, which can incorporate a football goal, basketball and cricket facilities within a metal structure.
In neighbouring Kirkliston, the ANP is to fund the installation of bollards at Gateside in a bid to cut down vehicles parking on paved areas.
The cost of this project will be in excess of £2200.
Local projects which were not successful include proposals to create a secure area for garages at Burgess Road (£2162) and plans to refurbish a shrubland area at Loch Road (£3300).