£44,000 grant brings bike trails fund close to target

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The Tarland Bike Trails has been announced as one of just two projects in Aberdeenshire to have been awarded significant funding last week.

The money, which has been granted by the Scottish Governments Active Places Fund, has brought the Tarland Trails project one step closer to its financial target.

Chris Redmond of the Tarland Development Group said: “It gives me great great pleasure to announce that the project has been awarded a maximum of £44,147 by Sportscotand Legacy 2014 Active Places Fund.”

Along with £1000 from Marr Area Partnership and the original legacy from a local resident, this latest development means the project has reached two thirds of the funding required.

Mr Redmond added: “With other funders making decisions over the next month we are hopeful we will have the required funding in place by mid November.”

The BMX tracks, new paths on the Union Canal and a refurbished bothy in Glen Affric are among projects awarded Games legacy funding on October 9.

Cabinet Secretary for Commonwealth Games and Sport, Shona Robison, said: “The Commonwealth Games was Scotland’s biggest ever sporting event and the Active Places Fund is creating a lasting Games legacy of better facilities tor sport or physical activity.”

Elsewhere in Aberdeenshire, the Mormond Community Hub has been allocated £66,174 by the Active Places Fund, which will go towards funding the redevelopment of derelict tennis courts near Fraserburgh.