The access paths around the Jubilee Bridge in Appin are in line for upgrading. Funding has already been secured to improve the paths and it is hoped more funding bids will be successful in order to reconstruct the bridge which is in poor condition. The bridge is in the heart of Clan Stewart countryside, overlooking Castle Stalker and was built in 1897 to commemorate the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Victoria. It attracts thousands of tourists every year.
£95,700 from Sustrans, LEADER and Argyll and Bute Council will be used to improve the paths and work is expected to start in February 2013 for 8 weeks with the path being opened afterwards. Information boards will be installed alongside the access paths as will a counter for the number of walkers and cyclists using them.
Argyll and Bute Council is also supporting Appin community council in attempting to secure funding of £150,000 for the reconstruction of the bridge as well as contributing £7,500 and officer time to the project. These bids include a proposal to arrange a programme of community skills, history and environment themed workshops as well as involvement with Strath of Appin Primary School for a curriculum linked project and the preparation of a time capsule.
Lead Councillor for Environment, Development and Infrastructure, John Semple said, “The Jubilee Bridge serves as a link between two parts of Appin and it is important this is in the best possible condition so it can be properly enjoyed. I would love to see the bridge restored and am delighted the access paths will be improved with the funding already secured. We want as many people as possible to enjoy this beautiful part of Argyll and Bute.”