Gearing up for anti-carbon battle

Transport Minister Keith Brown travels along the Peebles-Innerleithen cycle way alongside Graeme Johnstone from Scottish Borders Council, with Councillor Gordon Edgar just behind.
Transport Minister Keith Brown travels along the Peebles-Innerleithen cycle way alongside Graeme Johnstone from Scottish Borders Council, with Councillor Gordon Edgar just behind.
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SCOTLAND’S transport supremo led a chain gang along the Peebles to Innerleithen cycleway last week, writes Bob Burgess.

Minister Keith Brown was in the Borders to highlight Holyrood’s commitment to cutting carbon emissions.

He confirmed that two local projects would share £76,000 from a Scottish Government £440,000 funding boost.

Confirming the cash, Mr Brown pedalled along the route with Scottish Borders Council’s Graeme Johnstone and Councillor Gordon Edgar – the man responsible for local roads – on his tail.

The council’s active travel initiative receives £20,000 to help develop its carbon management plan. The council aims to cut carbon emission by 18 per cent by 2016, reaching 20 per cent by the end of the decade.

A grant of £56,000 wheels its way to the benefit of the Duns Green Path Project which provides a walking and cycling link between the town centre and Berwickshire High School.

Councillor Edgar commented: “We are passionate about offering children an alternative to being driven to and from school. The introduction of the Duns Greenway and the future Peebles to Innerleithen cycleway will make a significant difference to the travel choices available.”

Mr Brown said working with the community and various partners was the cornerstone of the local authority’s approach.

He added: “It is exciting to see for myself some of the work undertaken by Borders Council to help promote active travel in the region and hear about its impressive range of activities.

“Duns Green Path project will undoubtedly make it safer for children travelling to school and, like the Peebles to Innerleithen path, will help support more active travel choices by members of the local community. “

The minister also checked out green initiatives in use at the Eshiels community recycling centre on the outskirts of Peebles.