Underpass proposal takes step forward

The current underpass. Pic: Kirsty Nutt
The current underpass. Pic: Kirsty Nutt

The plan to build a new underpass at Loch Leven has taken a step forward after Perth and Kinross Council pledged financial support for the project.

The underpass will link the ‘Sleeping Giant’ path from Fife to the Loch Leven Heritage Trail, and pass under the B9097.

The council has awarded £150,000 towards replacing the old tunnel and steps at Loch Leven.

If the proposal does go ahead, current access barriers would be removed, helping to improve disabled access.

Uwe Stoneman, site manager at RSPB Scotland Loch Leven, said: “It’s fantastic news that Perth and Kinross Council has awarded £150,000 towards replacing the old tunnel and steps at Loch Leven with a more accessible underpass. This takes us much closer to our target, and leaves a smaller funding gap still to be filled. I would like to thank all four local ward councillors for their support.

“We’re hoping for support from the local community, businesses and other organisations in raising the final sum of money needed to help this project succeed, and will be launching a crowdfunding campaign later this spring.”