Environmental Restoration: Several Village residents approached Blantyre Community Committee (BCC) and Blantyre Telegraph in February about the poor condition of the Clyde Walkway at Low Blantyre.
The popular stretch of woodland walk at the side of the River Clyde between David Livingstone Centre and John Street has in the last year become very untidy and covered in litter. Neglect of maintenance has meant parts of the timber walkways have now failed, with the 3 foot path becoming very muddy and unsuitable in places for local dog walkers. It’s officially a designated right of way, with council reference BL/2 and should be maintained by South Lanarkshire Council.
With their assistance, we have organised a litter pick to get the area tidied, including the removal of larger pieces of rubbish, like this trampoline pictured, shared here by a concerned lady living nearby. That should deal with the litter and get the place tidied in the short term. Our thoughts also turned more long term to improving the path.
So, on behalf of the residents of Blantyre, we have also now completed and sent away funding applications to Big Lottery Fund and Community Woodland Trust, to hopefully get the council some financial assistance for renovating this footpath, with the intention of restoring it to its former glory. We’ve costed the work out using local labour to create some opportunity for local business. It’s hoped this will be seen by all Blantyre residents as a proactive solution in trying to get a once beautiful walk, restored back to its glory and ensuring the route is passable in winter months.