Following an announcement in December, work has now begun on a new public footpath to improve access to St. Vincent’s Hospice by connecting Beith Road and Midton Road.Construction is underway to build the tarmac path, which will run through the former St. Cuthbert’s High School, providing safer and more direct access to the Hospice for individuals relying on public transport and coming from the nearby Corseford School, run by Capability Scotland.
Chief Executive of St. Vincent’s Hospice, Kate Lennon, said: “We are very excited that after months of hard work and planning, work is now well underway for the new public footpath. Not only will this improve access to St. Vincent’s Hospice and Corseford School, but this will really help open up the countryside; allowing more people across the community to use the playing fields for recreation, dog walking or horse riding.”
St. Vincent’s Hospice provides specialist palliative care for individuals affected by life limiting conditions throughout Renfrewshire, as well as support for families and young people who have been impacted by the loss of a loved one.
Commenting on the new path Sean Donachie, Interim Head of Care and Education said: “We educate 19 children and young people, and offer respite for another 40, helping them to lead as independent a life as possible. We always look at various ways of inclusion in the local community, allowing them the opportunity to explore the area safely, take in their surroundings and interact with people along the way.
“This new pathway is a fantastic development, and will make it so much easier to not only see more of the countryside, but reduce the risk of damaging some of the vital communication and transport aids that our young people need to go about their daily lives.”
Since being approved by Renfrewshire Council in November 2017, preparations have been ongoing with construction beginning in January 2018. The project is currently scheduled for completion in April 2018. There are also plans to add a toucan crossing in the future.
Main Photo: A new footpath will improve access between to St. Vincent’s Hospice, along with opening up access to the playing fields.