Local SNP MP Richard Thomson has welcomed a funding award for the Ellon Integrated Travel Town Project of £210,000 from the Scottish Government.
The funding is part of the Scottish Government’s Place-Based Investment Programme which saw £38million-worth of funds distributed across the country in this year’s allocation round.
Welcoming the announcement, Richard Thomson MP said:
“This is very good news for Ellon. The Integrated Travel Town Project follows-on from the success of the Peterhead Cycle Demonstration Town and I’m delighted that the Scottish Government putting funding towards the Ellon project which I hope will deliver a bespoke proposal for the town which enjoys the support of local residents.”
SNP councillors for Ellon and District Anouk Kloppert and Louise McAllister also welcomed the funding.
Cllr Anouk Kloppert commented:
“I’m very pleased this funding has been awarded. The Ellon Project supports the Council’s Local Transport Strategy objectives to encourage individuals to consider how to travel more sustainably, more actively and with greater efficiency with the goal to both improve health and reduce carbon emissions caused by transport.”
Cllr Louise McAllister added:
“We are very fortunate in Ellon to have a lot of green open spaces and a developed network of footpaths. By providing the right infrastructure at the right locations and ensuring that residents are fully aware of the sustainable and active travel options that will be open to them should result in fewer single occupancy car journeys being made which will impact positively on tackling health, air quality and environment issues and will also help to address problems associated with congestion and parking.”
Details of the successful Ellon project is as follows:
Ellon Integrated Travel Town, Ellon
Aberdeenshire Council - £210,000
This investment will see the delivery of one of the priority projects in the Ellon ITT Masterplan to enhance connectivity between the town centre and other parts of the town, and to encourage a modal shift to walking and cycling.