In 2007, a feasibility study was produced for Moray Council with the aim to connect the coastal towns, villages, and settlements of Burghead, Cummingston, Hopeman, Covesea and Duffus, to Lossiemouth by an active travel route – a multi-use path – offering students of Lossiemouth High School the opportunity to get to and from school by means other than school bus, or parental taxi service – by sustainable transport; cycling, walking, scooting or skating. The route options were explored; landowner negotiations were undertaken; and the route was designed and built, but only from Burghead to Duffus. Fourteen years later, Hopeman/ Duffus to Lossiemouth remains the missing link.
Lossiemouth Community Development Trust (LCDT) was formed in 2013 and undertook a survey in the town, and in the High School, to ascertain and prioritise the short and long term aims of the town. An active travel route between Lossiemouth and Hopeman came out as top priority from the survey results from the High School, and was only beaten by the failing structure of the East Beach bridge in the overall town results. A sub-group of the LCDT was formed, with representatives from the LCDT, Lossiemouth Community Council, Moray Council, Hopeman Community Association, and landowners and residents of the local area to undertake the project. In 2020, this group developed into the Laich of Moray Active Travel Routes SCIO.
So far, the group has mapped the landownership between Hopeman/Duffus and Lossiemouth; opened discussion with landowners about the route; surveyed local residents about the route and their experiences on the B9040 road that connects the communities; gained funding for and completed a modern feasibility study of the Hopeman to Lossiemouth section of the route; and started developing a design study of the proposed route, thanks to funding from Sustrans.
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Walkers, cyclists, and wheelers of all shapes and sizes are invited to give their feedback on the proposals for a new active travel route along the B9040 to Lossiemouth. An active travel route connecting the coastal communities in the Laich of Moray has been a vision...
Laich of Moray Active Travel Routes SCIO will be hosting our first Annual Members Meeting on Tuesday 23rd March 2021 at 19:00. Given the current COVID-19 restrictions, this will be held via Zoom. The Trustees will be sharing the progress made over the last year, and...
We are delighted to announce that Laich of Moray Active Travel Routes (LoMATR) is now a registered Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation (SCIO). This has formalised our group, with it becoming an incorporated body with charitable status under the Charities and...
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