Canal towpath improved to the tune of an astonishing £576,000

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Walkers are more welcome than ever at a popular canal path after more than half a million pounds was spent on improvements.

Scottish Canals, Sustrans, Strathclyde Partnership For Transport (SPT), WREN (Waste Recycling Environmental Limited) and East Dunbartonshire Council recently completed work on the project, which upgrades the busy 4.5km stretch between Kirkintilloch and the East Dunbartonshire boundary at Possil Marsh.

The £576,000 of funding was obtained after a huge amount of work by local resident Penny Sinclair who also single-handedly won ‘Walkers Are Welcome’ status for the town in 2010.

Keen rambler Penny said: “I’m absolutely delighted with the path. I think it’s a fantastic thing for Kirkintilloch and I’ve had many different people say to me that it was money well spent.

“I was out on the path last week in the good weather and it was like Sauchiehall Street! There were cyclists, runners, people out walking, families out with their children. It was fantastic to see.

“Every time I’m on the path I feel very proud to have been involved. Hopefully it will encourage more people to get out and walk instead of taking the car.”

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