I wonder if there is scope for looking at Maidens/Phantoms junction next trail repair day, seeing as we did so much of Clubbidean?
Pentland Hills Thread
I had a meeting with Velda Weir of the Ranger Service today to discuss how we could assist with path repairs and maintenance. Velda is very keen to get cyclists involved, though there are some organisational and logistic issues to be resolved before we can do much. In assessing how we could make a start, we identified the area around Clubbiedean as a potential pilot project. It's quite short but visible and a few small improvements would enhance the whole route.
Velda is going to contact Scottish Water to obtain their approval for any work and is also going to give us 6 dates through the summer for work parties. It looks like at least 2 of these will be at weekends, but as insurance and responsibility entails the presence of a Ranger, the majority of the work will need to take place during the (less-busy) week-days.
Velda also came up with a couple of suggestions for the longer term including the possibility of formalising a trail repair group with a proper constitution, committee, membership etc. In addition to improving our chances of getting independent funding, this would also give cyclists a voice on various other committees involved in the operation of the park. I am going to make contact with other like-minded groups to see how they have evolved.
Hopefully, Clubbiedean will be a roaring success and we'll have enough momentum to target some of the larger projects. In the meantime, stand by your "Attend" buttons awaiting my trail maintenance invitations
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