STEPS to create a bike track in Queensferry have moved up a gear after the project received funding of over £6000.
The cash boost for the Vat Run, £6275 to be exact, arrived thanks to a Royal Bank of Scotland’s (RBS) Community Force award.
After recent weeks of online campaigning, the group attracted over 300 votes in support of the bike track they are building.
Joyce Faulkner, chair of GreenFerry, who are co-ordinating the project said: “I can’t quite believe it, how fast things are progressing. We have a really enthusiastic bunch of volunteers and this news is just reward for their efforts.”
The Vat Run, situated on the old VAT 69 railway line which ran to Port Edgar, was one of three award winners from the west of the city, the others being Whale Art Agency and Currie Nursery.
For months, volunteers have been working to clear sections of this abandoned woodland to make ready for paths and a jump track. To start things off, they received a grant from the Almond Neighbourhood Partnership to have survey plans drawn up, a Scottish Community Foundation grant also paid for tools and equipment. Then a £10,000 grant from Keep Scotland Beautiful paved the way for a contractor to clear tons of rubbish from the old railway embankment.
This latest award from RBS clears the way to bring in a digger to dig out tree roots and commence work on the jump track.
The RBS will give even more assistance, though not financially, as up to 90 staff will volunteer a day’s work to the project. And the bank will also offer IT, legal, financial and their advertising services in the future.
Joyce added: “It’s great to have a major sponsor now, who want to be involved in our project. Who knows where this could take us.”
Melissa Minty, of the RBS, added: “We’ve had a fantastic response to Community Force and it’s clear that people in Queensferry are passionate in their support of GreenFerry. This certainly demonstrates how important the Vat Run project is to the community.”