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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