Links with Community Councils

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Relationship to Community Council

In Scotland it has often been the Community Council that has had some role in the implementation and/or development of an AAP project. For example, in West Lothian the Ecclesmachan and Threemiletown Community Council felt that not enough was being done to maintain local paths around their community. Their paths were not designated ‘Core Paths’ and consequently they were not being given the priority within the Access Authority’s work programme. The Community Council decided to investigate ways of bringing the paths up to standard before taking on the role of looking after the paths. Further details of the Ecclesmachan and Threemiletown AAP project is given in the case study section.

Community Councils often have a paths sub-group and the mandate to get on with AAP projects on a day-to-day basis without having to wait for monthly meetings in order to make progress.

Other groups that take the lead in either developing new paths or adopting existing ones include Community Development Trusts and Rotary Clubs. For example, Stranraer Rotary wanted to develop a section of coastal path to join a neighbouring path to give a longer route to link communities along the coast.

The Community Council was very supportive and recognised the wider benefits of the path initiative and also the fact that the Rotary Club had the capacity to take on the project. In turn the Rotary Club received useful political support which helped with funding applications.

Where a Community Council has the ‘will’ but lacks sufficient numbers, time or experience to take on an AAP scheme then partnership working with another organisation can be the answer.

Some areas also have a Community Development Trust and by working closely with the Community Council can be given the mandate to develop AAP type projects in partnership with the Community Council. This frees the Community Council to concentrate on wider community issues and the Development Trust on the specific AAP related issues.

Sometimes Development Trust constitutions are more flexible in allowing them to take on development of path and/or AAP type projects.

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