The Scottish National Party's Ms Roseanna Cunningham MSP, Member of the Scottish Parliament for Perthshire South & Kinross-shire paid a visit recently to Comrie Croft where she was shown the mountain bike trails that they are developing.
Speaking following her visit, Roseanna said:
"Comrie Croft is a really exciting business which is proving really popular with visitors.
"As well as the range of accommodations available including a hostel, kata tents and wild camping opportunities, the Croft is becoming a magnet destination for mountain bike enthusiasts and I am pleased to see that they are not content to stand still but are gearing up for summer with new trails and improved facilities."
Colin Mcphail, from Comrie Croft Bikes, said:
"The Bike Skills Park at Comrie Croft is part of a project which is a collaboration between Comrie Croft and the Strathearn Mountain Biking Club (SMBC), to provide Strathearn with a regional mountain biking centre. The park opened last summer and has been a huge success, attracting visitors from the local area, and all over Scotland.
"It is suitable for all ages and abilities and is open year round and best of all is free to use. The project was funded by SRDP (Scottish Rural Development Programme) and the Perth & Kinross Countryside Trust. The SMBC also helped with volunteers for the build. The rest of the project includes a Blue graded bike trail which is due to open this summer, and a Red graded trail which is due to open early 2014."
The Scottish National Party's Ms Roseanna Cunningham MSP, Member of the Scottish Parliament for Perthshire South & Kinross-shire has expressed her disappointment at the news that DE Shoes are to close all their remaining 26 stores, including the one in Crieff, making all staff redundant.
Speaking today (Wednesday) Ms Cunningham said:
"I am very disappointed to learn that a buyer has not been found for more than a handful of the shops in this troubled chain and that the staff at DE Shoes in Crieff are now facing redundancy. They are in my thoughts at this difficult time and I wish everyone affected success in securing alternative employment as speedily as possible.
"DE Shoes occupies premises from which the people of Crieff have been buying shoes for a hundred years so it really is the end of an era in that regard.
"The continued disappearance of well-known names from the High Street, not just in Crieff but across the country, is a real concern and evidence that the UK's economic woes are far from over and that the economic approach emanating from Downing Street and the Coalition Government is not working."
The Scottish National Party's Ms Roseanna Cunningham MSP, Member of the Scottish Parliament for Perthshire South & Kinross-shire, has welcomed news that Crieff Fifty Plus Group in her constituency have received a £1025 award from Big Lottery Fund's 2014 Communities programme.
Crieff Fifty Plus Group is a social group for the elderly based in Perthshire. The project will focus on indoor carpet bowls. The project meets the 2014 outcome of 'more people take part in sport or physical activity' and 'more people and communities are brought together through taking part or volunteering in sport or physical activity'.
"Well done to everybody involved in securing this grant. I am sure that the money will be put to good use and a lot of fun and exercise will be had as a result. Keeping active and socially involved as we get older are key elements in promoting good health."
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2014 Communities is a micro grants programme, offering local sports clubs, voluntary and community organisations, community councils and schools grants of £300 to £2,000 to support and stimulate grass roots involvement in sport and physical activity. In year two of the programme, Big Lottery Fund has £1 million to award in grants. 2014 Communities will continue to operate up to the Glasgow Commonwealth Games in 2014.
2014 Communities is about building a legacy of well-being before and beyond the Commonwealth Games. The programme aims to encourage more people to take part or volunteer in sport or physical activity as well as encourage greater community cohesion in the run up to the 2014 Commonwealth Games.
The Scottish National Party's Ms Roseanna Cunningham MSP, Member of the Scottish Parliament for Perthshire South & Kinross-shire, recently welcomed a group of S5 students from Perth Academy who were visiting the Scottish Parliament.
Speaking following their visit Roseanna said:
"I love being able to meet constituents in parliament and school groups are particularly welcome. I find the young people tend to have a real interest in what goes on in the Parliament and can ask the most insightful questions.
"This group from Perth Academy were certainly no exception and asked MSPs some wide-ranging questions, including about Scotland's currency and EU membership after independence.
"I hope that the answers we provided were helpful to them and that they enjoyed their trip."