Walk a trooper – Penny’s still taking strides to turn Kirky into a walkers’ paradise

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A DETERMINED pensioner has secured a massive £129,000 of funding in her marathon quest to make Kirkintilloch a walkers’ paradise.

Pensioner Penny Sinclair single-handedly got Kirkintilloch recognised as a ‘Walkers Are Welcome Town’ in 2010.

Since then she’s worked hard to ensure the town lives up to its status by applying for cash to upgrade paths.

Earlier this year she landed £10,000 from Award For All to widen a much-used right of way from the Campsie View Estate to the Forth and Clyde Canal towpath.

Now the improved route, set to be named ‘Penny’s Path’, is to be extended as far as The Stables pub, thanks to funding from WREN Landfill Communities Fund and Sustrans.

Work on the project, supported by Strathclyde Partnership For Transport (SPT), Scottish Canals and East Dunbartonshire Council, is due to start in January and is expected to take around four weeks.

Penny said: “This award from WREN and Sustrans is the best Christmas present I could have had. It is also the best Christmas present the people of Kirkintilloch could have had.

“I want to thank all the people walking and cycling on the canal path during the summer who signed the petition for this, and also the various organisations who sent me letters of support - I could not have done this without them.

“I’d also like to thank the two council officers for their advice and help.”

Councillor Alan Moir, the council’s convener of development and infrastructure, added: “We know that our paths offer great links to many areas of our community and these improvements will make them much more attractive for people to use.

“I am delighted that we have been able to join forces with all of our partners to make this happen. 

“Sustrans, Kirkintilloch Walkers are Welcome, Scottish Canals, SPT and WREN have all contributed to make our vision of enhancing access for pram users, walkers and cyclists a reality.”

ON TRACK: Penny is pictured on the path with East Dunbartonshire Council’s resource generation officer Gordon Strain, David Cruickshank from WREN, Councillor Alan Moir and Scottish Canals area manager Alasdair Stewart.

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