Coastal pathway opening

Ferry Councillor Laurie Bidwell attended the official opening of the upgraded coastal pathway in Broughty Ferry last Wednesday.

He said he welcomed the completion of the upgrading to the section of coastal pathway that runs between Grassy Beach and Douglas Terrace and pointed out that this marked the final stage of refurbishing and extending the pathway between the Stannergate and Douglas Terrace, Broughty Ferry.

Councillor Bidwell continued: “This has local and wider significance. For local people, this pathway is valued for walking, cycling and dog walking while folk enjoy the pleasures of river views and segregation from motor traffic.

“It is also a part of the Dundee green circular, a route into the city centre for those commuting by bike and an integral part of the National Cycling Route 1 between Dover in Kent and Shetland.”

He continued: “Interestingly, in this centenary year of Broughty Ferry becoming part of Dundee, one of the promised benefits from this merger was an improvement in roads and paths between Broughty Ferry and the city which led to the original raised pathway being built.

“That this was a possibility was also testament to the foresight of the former Broughty Ferry Town Council that secured the grassy beach at West Ferry in 1901 at an annual feu of £25.”

The councillor extended thanks to Sustrans, the national sustainable transport charity that was a major funder, Dundee City Council’s transportation staff and the workforce of Kilmac, the contractors, who managed to keep the pathway open while they undertook the upgrading work apart from a few days when a period of temporary closure could not be avoided.