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The Highland Council’s TEC Services Committees’ Safer Routes To School Working Group recently met and agreed to allocate £154,000 Cycling, Walking and Safer Streets (CWSS) funding to 12 different Highland schools.

The Highland Council’s CWSS programme has a budget of £229,000 for 2003/04 which is totally funded by the Scottish Executive. School Safety Teams throughout the Highlands were invited to submit travel plans with details of their associated costs for the working group to consider and the following projects were all successful:

£10,100  to
Canisbay Primary for improved school signage and road markings in Canisbay Village and the construction of a footway and fence round the bus stop at Lower Gills. 

£4,100 to Mount Pleasant Primary in Thurso for the building of a ramp at the front of the school to improve cycle access, the lining of car park bays on Castle Terrace and the school car parks.  £15,000 from the new “20 mph limit at schools” grant was awarded to put a 20 mph limit on Castle Terrace and associated traffic calming at either end of the road.

£11,000 to South Primary in Wick for a zebra crossings, zig zag markings and two yellow backed school warning signs on Roxburgh Road outside the front of the school.

£4,785.88 to
Dornoch Academy for illuminated school warning signs, markings for the car park to structure parking arrangements at the school

£9,500 to
Coulhill Primary in Alness for school signage, drop off zone signage, school markings on the distributor road and for two traffic islands.

£8,970 to Lochcarron Primary extension to sea shore footpath.

£6341.30 to Dingwall Primary for the installation of 2 speed humps on the approach road to the school, the creation of cycle storage and to mark a drop off zone in the existing car park.

£1,500 to Tarradle Primary in Muir of Ord for lighting the footpath that leads to the school.

£28,960 to
Tomnacross Primary at Kiltarlity for 500 metres of 2 metre wide tarmac to be used as a cycleway/footway between the school and Kiltarlity village.  £3,540 contributed towards the scheme by the HC Cycling Officer.

£3,500 to Cradlehall Primary in Inverness to improve the route at the back of the school by making improvements to the steps and footpath.

£1,500 for Merkinch Primary to erect a barrier outside the front entrance of the school.

£341.16 to Millbank Primary for two new yellow backed patrol signs.

Councillor Ewen MacKinnon, Depute Chairman for TEC Services with responsibility for transport said:  “As a Council we want to encourage walking, cycling and better use of public transport as safe ways of travelling to school but our priority is the personal safety of pupils. These twelve Highland schools are the latest to benefit from CWSS funding.  All their projects are safety initiatives which will have a positive effect on the safety of children travelling to and from school.”