Funding secured for East Harrison Park

Plans have been approved and funding applications have been successful for environment improvements to East Harrison Park.

A grant of £47,500 has been secured through Waste Recycling Environmental Limited (WREN) which finances projects eligible under the Landfill Communities Fund. A further grant of £50,000 has been secured from Sustrans the leading UK sustainable transport charity.

The City of Edinburgh Council and The Waterways Trust Scotland have also contributed funds to the project, the latter through private donations.

The improvements will include the construction of paths linking Watson Crescent and West Bryson Road to the Union Canal which will improves access for pedestrians and cyclists.

There will also be two new ramps for disabled people built which will enable easier access to Watson Crescent and the Union Canal.

Tree planting and soft landscaping will also be incorporated into the final scheme which has been designed by Urban Design Futures based in Edinburgh.

Work on the environmental project will start around 4 March.

Councillor Robert Aldridge, Environmental Leader, said: "This is an excellent project which will benefit walkers and cyclists who use the Union Canal regularly. This scheme demonstrates the excellent community work which has been going on to get these plans up and running.

"We have been successfully working in partnership with WREN to bring some of the best community facilities to Edinburgh. Not only will these latest improvements benefit local people but they will bring huge benefits for the larger wider community who use the canal to cycle and walk to and from work."

Caroline Sanderson, WREN Grant Manager said: "This is a fantastic project that will have a real impact on the community. It is a great example of the benefits that can be achieved through partnership working".

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