Active Annandale – Live, Walk, Cycle!

Dumfries and Galloway Council have an ambitious agenda for change for Annan to promote a healthier, thriving, fairer and compact Annan town and strengthen its links with the surrounding villages of Powfoot, Eastriggs and Gretna.

The town is comparably small and can be walked and cycled across with ease, however, the streets are currently car dominated and unwelcoming with many visitors choosing to drive through the town. The road network limits access to and through the town, discouraging trips by walking, wheeling, and cycling modes. To address these concerns and as part of the Councils climate change response, the Council are seeking to develop Annan and Annandale to align with the Scottish Governments 20-minute neighbourhood.

Village community consultation stage 2

Details of the dates, times, and venues for the community consultation drop-in events are shown below:

  • Monday 13 November 4.00pm-7.00pm – Nelson House, Melbourne Ave, Eastriggs
  • Tuesday 14 November 4.00pm-7.00pm – Powfoot Hotel, Links Ave, Powfoot
  • Wednesday 15 November 2.00pm-5.00pm – Gretna Library, Central Avenue, Gretna
  • Thursday 16 November 4.00pm-7.00pm – Corner House Hotel, High Street, Annan

If you cannot make any of these events but are keen to speak to the team, please use the contact form on this website, or visit the link below:

20-minute neighbourhood

The concept of a 20-minute neighbourhood refers to the idea that all essential amenities and services, such as shops, schools, healthcare, parks, and public transport, should be accessible within a 20-minute walk or bike ride from home. This concept has gained popularity in recent years as a way to promote sustainable and liveable communities, reduce car dependency, and improve health outcomes.

Dumfries & Galloway Council have a crucial role in shaping the built environment and promoting the 20-minute neighbourhood concept. They can work with local communities, developers, and businesses to create walkable and bikeable neighborhoods that provide access to essential amenities and services. This can involve initiatives such as improving public transport networks, building new cycle paths and footpaths, and encouraging the development of mixed-use developments that include a range of services and facilities.

20-minute neighbourhoods can also be developed by encouraging active transport modes, such as walking, wheeling, and cycling, through the provision of safe and accessible infrastructure, such as dedicated cycle lanes and pedestrian crossings. They can also support local businesses and community initiatives that help to create vibrant and walkable neighbourhoods, reducing future car dependency, improving the local environment, access and amenity and improving the quality of life for residents and visitors.

Dumfries and Galloway Council have an ambitious agenda for change for Annan to promote a healthier, thriving, fairer and compact Annan town and strengthened links to the surrounding villages of Powfoot, Eastriggs and Gretna.
Credit: VisitScotland / Paul Tomkins

Active Travel and alternatives to the car

The town is split into 2 parts, Active Annandale includes feasibility and concept design studies for Annan and for the surrounding villages. Faster moving cars and large vehicles currently make local roads busy and dangerous for the active travel options of walking, wheeling, and cycling. The Active Annandale studies will explore options for a safe, maintainable and cohesive sustainable local travel network in and around Annan.

Commissioned by the Council and funded by the Scottish Government through Sustrans’ Places for Everyone programme, the two studies will look at ways to link people and places by removing barriers to Active Travel. This includes exploring options to develop routes that encourage walking and cycling and reduce car dependency – especially for those shorter journeys.

20-minute neighbourhoods can also be developed by encouraging active transport modes, such as walking, wheeling, and cycling, through the provision of safe and accessible infrastructure.
The Active Annandale studies will explore options for a safe, maintainable and cohesive sustainable local travel network in and around Annan.

What is Places for Everyone?

The aim of Places for Everyone (PfE) is to create safer, more attractive, healthier, and inclusive places which are enjoyed by all.

This is done by increasing and diversifying the number of everyday journeys made by walking, wheeling or cycling.

The scheme is funded through Places for Everyone, an active travel infrastructure programme funded by the Scottish Government and administered by Sustrans.

Active Annandale Villages Study

The Active Annadale Village project has been a success thus far with the program remaining on task. A key task that has been completed is the Stage 1 consultation which was well attended by Stakeholders in Public Consultation meetings organised in Powfoot, Annan, Eastriggs, and Gretna. To supplement this a survey was designed to encapsulate stakeholders thoughts which was again well supported.

What is next?

The Active Annandale Villages study has now advanced onto Stage 2 Concept design. This stage is fundamental in hopefully securing the relevant funding to further progress the project onto Detailed design. It is vitally important at this stage in the project to receive additional stakeholder feedback which will look to ensure that designs are well supported.  To help support this process a further short survey has been constructed which details specific high design areas within the overall alignment along with areas where key design mitigates any constraints that may currently exist. The designs incorporate various pieces of active travel infrastructure which can be explained further within the following link:

What is concept design?

Concept design is the framework setting the intention and idea behind a visual plan. The concept design looks to bridge the gap between a theoretical thought and a visualisation. It is at this point where projects gain considerable momentum and can look to establish further stakeholder support and engagement. It is the first step of the overall design process which outlines the preferred design and supporting infrastructure before further design stages can occur as the project progresses.

Get involved!

Together, the studies commissioned as part of Active Annandale will create plans that aim to benefit the local community and help Dumfries and Galloway Council meet its commitments to help tackle the Climate Emergency.

As part of the study, we’re looking for input from local residents, businesses and community groups about the improvements you would like to see in your area. Look out for details of consultation events on this website and our Facebook page. You’ll also have the chance to have your say through an online survey.

Further Information

For more information on the background of both Active Annandale projects, please visit the Dumfries & Galloway Council website:
Places for Everyone
Sustrans
Dumfries & Galloway Council