Golf Open Legacy
Some of you might be aware that the R&A have pledged £100,000 for sustainable community projects which create a lasting legacy in the Carnoustie area. Thinking above the priorities of your own group or charity to the needs of the wider population is something East Haven did in 2003 when a community benefit of £40,000 was made available from the former North of Scotland Water Authority (NOSWA). Following consultation, residents agreed that the £40,000 should be used in combination with other funds from Sustrans and the Local Authority to build a cycle path between Carnoustie and East Haven. The path created a legacy for the works which had been carried out at the Waste Water Treatment Plant and helped to secure the establishment of National Cycle Route 1 up the coast here in Angus.
When a call for large project plans was put out by the R&A, East Haven Together (EHT) submitted an application to establish bike share stations to enable more people to access the outdoors, improve their health and well-being and enjoy the natural environment. We were delighted that our proposal was successful in reaching the second stage in the bid process. However, after much careful consideration, EHT decided to collaborate with the Carnoustie Community Development Trust (CCDT) and the Angus Cycle Hub to establish a bike library in Carnoustie. This is a different model of provision to that which EHT initially proposed. However, our reasons for doing so are;
- The Library model is less expensive than the one proposed by EHT
- All the revenue comes back into Angus
- Local people will be given the opportunity to acquire new skills and training
- The scheme recycles bikes to a high standard and therefore adds value to the circular economy by reducing waste
Importantly, EHT is also of the view that by collaborating on a less expensive project that another project called 'Cycling without Age' might also be funded. We believe the two projects are complementary and that together they would provide a sustainable and wonderful legacy for Carnoustie following the Golf Open. EHT joined CCDT and the Angus Cycle Hub at Links House earlier this moth to deliver a presentation to the Panel who will decide which projects go to the R&A for a final decision to be made. We will have to wait until late January to find out whether the cycling projects have been put forward to the R&A but we keep our fingers crossed.