Concerns raised by residents in Dalmeny over the future of a public footpath which links the village to Queensferry have been allayed.
Lovers Lane, a public right of way, which lies on the boundary of the former Agilent site at Scotstoun, is to be removed to make way for new housing.
But a replacement footpath will eventually link Queensferry to Dalmeny through the new development.
Villagers were alerted to the possible closure of the path after signage said it was to ‘‘stopped up’’, or removed, in conjunction with the new Cala Homes/Barratt development at Scotstoun Avenue. And it was feared that pedestrian links between two communities in the Queensferry area could be severed.
June Jansen, who has used the pathway to take her children and grandchildren to school in Queensferry over many years said: “Our fear is that if the developers decide to close the path, local access to Queensferry will be removed unless a new path is created.
“For them to say a new path will be created is fine but when will it be built, as the development has a five year time-scale.”
But Cala Homes responded this week with Gavin Pope, land director with CALA Homes (East) saying: ‘‘The development on the former Agilent site will include a dedicated new pedestrian and cycle pathway, which will form an attractive central boulevard.
“Until that new pathway is completed and can be safely used, we want to reassure the community that the existing pedestrian footpath will remain open.
“We believe this is the best solution to ensure constant, unobstructed access. We will continue to keep the local community fully informed, as we have throughout the planning and construction process so far.”
*The plans are on display in Queensferry Library until August 29 and can be accessed at http://www.edinburgh.gov.uk/trafficorders