THERE is overwhelming support for a new cycle path between Blackford and Auchterarder, according to a report prepared by the town's community council.

Concerns have also been raised about cycling on or beside the A9, after 50 people attended a consultation event and 161 responded to a survey.

Undertaking the study for Blackford Community Council was Crispin Hayes who said: “One of the key difficulties in creating a cycle path network is getting all the land owners and managers on board.

“At Blackford, we've had a really positive response from some landowners, while others have not seen the community benefits as part of their bigger picture - at least not yet.

“The Blackford consultation showed there was a clear and strong demand for more and better cycle routes.

“The feasibility study identified three new routes for development. Blackford's community organisations are working hard to overcome the barriers to implementing these new cycle routes."

Janet Law, chair of the community council, added: “No one in Blackford underestimates the difficulties which the report points out: Blackford is cut off by the A9 and increasingly by changes in land use.

“We would like to thank Crispin Hayes for all his work for us on the feasibility study.”

Funding is now being sought by the recently established Blackford Paths Group.