Walkers welcome as Bo’ness gets footpath upgrade

Foreshore footpath under construction.
Foreshore footpath under construction.

Falkirk Council has moved to upgrade a network of footpaths in and around Bo’ness.

Concern was expressed by a Journal and Gazette reader from Bo’ness that that historic rights ofway were being de-registered and left untended.

The reader was particularly concerned for the footpath which runs along the foreshore behind the industrial yards at Carriden and Bridgeness.

However, after contacting Falkirk Council, we can reveal that, far from ignoring the footpaths, the local authority is in the process of repairing and upgrading footpaths in the area.

A spokeswoman for Falkirk Council said that a consortium of funders had joined forces to make it possible for work to go ahead.

Groups putting money into the scheme include Falkirk Environment Trust, SUSTRANS and Falkirk Council.

The work will benefit part of the National Cycle Network and the recently opened John Muir Way.

The spokeswoman said: “I can confirm that, far from creating a new road, as your reader suggested, the council is making improvements to the Bo’ness core footpaths network which includes the National Cycle Network and the John Muir Way.

“This work has been made possible thanks to financial input froma number of sources including SUSTRANS and Falkirk Environment Trust,”