2020 Consultancy are delighted to invite you to participate in the next stage of the Active Annadale Village Study which is to view concept designs produced for the preferred route alignment based on feedback obtained from the Stage 1 consultation.

Overview Plan

Dumfries and Galloway council supported by 2020 Consultancy have advanced the Active travel Village study onto Stage 2 Concept design. The project has successfully delivered the following objectives and key tasks.

  • The design will link Annan, Eastriggs, Gretna and Powfoot through appropriate active travel infrastructure and where possible utilising the existing core paths and footways
  • The design looks to incorporate the most coherent route subject to major constraints whilst ensuring that all key trip generators and locations are included.
  • Progressing the desire to implement a route servicing Annan to Chapelcross, including a desired route alignment.
  • Stage 1 consultation
  • Monitoring and Evaluation Plan
  • Options appraisal
  • Updated business case
  • Support the development of green energy production, storage and distribution solutions;
  • Make a significant contribution to the UK and Scottish Government’s net-zero targets;
  • Create a large-scale mixed-use employment site for Borderlands with significant wider economic and policy impacts.

Based on the above, it has been agreed by Dumfries and Galloway Council for this study to consider the most suitable walking and cycling options to provide a link from the site into Annan town centre to futureproof and development proposals that come forward.

The following are four key aims that are fundamental throughout the project lifecycle.

Aim 1

Involve local communities throughout the project lifecycle to understand the needs of various stakeholders and landowners to deliver active travel facilities that are well supported.

Aim 2

Construction of an accessible path for walking, cycling and wheeling between the villages/town of Gretna, Eastriggs, Annan, and Powfoot.

Aim 3

To increase modal shift within the region by enabling more journeys to be made by foot, wheeling and bike.

Aim 4

To help overcome barriers to the use of Active Travel, such as current behaviours, attitudes to Active Travel, transport poverty, and lack of knowledge, skills and confidence.
Across the four project aims, there are 15 objectives that should be met to achieve these aims. The objectives relate to specific aims, although some objectives are likely to crossover into additional aims. The objectives for the project include the following:

Engagement with Local Communities

  • Deliver a community engagement programme to allow for community and stakeholder engagement, the effective understanding of baseline information, behaviours, attitudes, and barriers to active travel.
  • The community and other key stakeholders are represented in the options appraisal process.

Deliver Accessible Paths

  • Ensure the design and delivery of the project aligns with the community and stakeholder needs.
  • To create and maintain an attractive, legible, and safe place for people to walk, wheel and cycle, which supports improved quality of life, health and well-being for local communities.

Increase Modal Shift

  • Deliver greater priority to active modes of travel by enhancing walking, wheeling and cycling facilities and making it easier to travel between the villages/town sustainably.
  • Provide better connections away from traffic where possible between Gretna, Eastriggs, Annan, and Powfoot.

Overcome Barriers to Active Travel

  • Identify key barriers to Active Travel and the extent to which they exist in the community through the engagement process, and reviewing existing data.
  • Identify existing or potential incentives and activities that might motivate local stakeholders to change their mode of transport from car to wheeling or walking.

Village community consultation stage 2

As part of the further development of the study a stage 2 concept design consultation has been organised to provide stakeholders with an opportunity to view and comment on the concept designs produced for the route alignment. As previously for the stage 1 consultation, various local venues have been secured to host drop in sessions which stakeholders are invited to attend and speak to one of the 2020 Consultancy team.

Details of the dates, times, and venues for the community consultation 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

These events are intended to be drop-in sessions. This means you can come along at anytime within the times shown above, and stay for as long as you feel is necessary.

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

Tell us what you think

Please click the link below to complete the online survey or scan the QR code.

Active Annandale Village Study

Further Information

You can view the details from the initial survey which gives a broad description of the infrastructure used in the concept design.

Concept Design Consultation

A high level overview of the concept design has been produced along with supporting details. Please click the following link to view the project storyboard.

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