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ENVIRONMENTAL IMPROVEMENTS FOR QUARRYING COMMUNITIES

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Budding gardeners, families and skateboard enthusiasts will be among those to benefit from over£500,000 funding to...
Budding gardeners, families and skateboard enthusiasts will be among those to benefit from over£500,000 funding to address the impacts of quarrying.

Environment minister Ross Finnie has allocated£548,598 from the Community Environmental Renewal Scheme (CERS) to 18 communities across Scotland.

Grants ranging from£9,000 to£54,052 will fund a variety of projects to transform the environment in communities in the vicinity of past or present quarrying.

Projects include the construction of a skateboarding park in Shetland and the development of vegetable gardens for Renfrewshire communities.

Mr Finnie said:

'This investment underlines our commitment to delivering environmental improvements in all areas of Scotland.

'This scheme will help to fund a wide range of community based projects as well as improving services and facilities for communities affected by the noise, dust and loss of habitats caused by quarrying.

'We have now supported more than 200 projects in communities across Scotland in order to enhance their environment and quality of life.'

The scheme is being administered by Forward Scotland, on behalf of the Executive, using funds from the Aggregates Levy.

The full list of grants offered for Community Environmental Renewal Scheme 2004-07 is:

Strichen Meadow Regeneration Project, Strichen, Aberdeenshire -£17,761. Remediation of a former brick work factory site to become a community park

Pitcaple Environment Project, Inverurie, Aberdeenshire -£12,250. Creation of a tree trail through local woodland

Abbotsford Road Public Park Project, Arbroath, Angus -£38,097. Fencing and landscaping of park as part of regeneration scheme

Walker Homes Residents' Association - Play Parks Project, Dunbar, East Lothian -£28,405. Upgrade of existing play equipment to provide stimulating all-age play area

Play Park and Communal Area Regeneration Project, Alloa, Falkirk -£20,000. Upgrade of run-down play area to become all-age play facility

Spire Arts Centre, Newburgh, Fife -£38,348. Restoration and development of historic Newburgh Town Hall

Cassley Drive Play Park, Altass, Sutherland, Highland -£19,000. Upgrade of run-down play area to become all-age play facility

Footpaths Improvement Project, Ullapool, Highland -£25,000. Construction of a footpath network between Morefield and Ullapool

Kilbarchan Community Park Improvement, Kilbarchan, Renfrewshire -£50,000. Upgrade of play facilities within community park

Harvest for Health, Renfrewshire -£26,711. Physical improvement of run-down open spaces in five communities, promoting local food production by growing organic vegetables

Old Library Community Garden, Kilbarchan, Renfrewshire -£11,120. Provision of a community garden within the grounds of the Old Library Building

Howwood Access Pathways Initiative, Howwood, Renfrewshire -£36,169. Landscaping works, provision of signage and improvements to pathways

Commemorative Bandstand, Jedburgh, Scottish Borders-£9,000. Creation of new community park with commemorative Victorian style bandstand

Coldingham Public Hall Restoration, Coldingham, Scottish Borders -£50,000. Refurbishment and restoration of a community owned historic public hall

Shetland Skate Park, Lerwick, Shetland Islands -£30,000. Construction of a skateboarding park

River Creed Enhancement Plan, Stornoway, Western Isles -£40,000. Woodland and pathway improvements along the River Creed

Black Glen Heritage Trail, Newmarket, Western Isles -£42,685. Provision of interpretation boards and the upgrade of pathways around the village of Newmarket

Lochboisdale Footpath - Phase 1, South Uist, Western Isles -£54,052. Creation of path across bay along the lines of historic low-tide path between two communities

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