Lanark Community Development Trust (LCDT), along with Lanark Grammar School (LGS), South Lanarkshire Council (SLC) and local residents want to improve the footpath that connects Lanark Grammar School with Hyndford Road. Referred to as ‘Deadman’s Lane’, this is one of the main entrances to the school and is also used by local residents connecting Hyndford Road with Kirklands Road, to the rear of the LGS. It is also a key pedestrian access route to New Lanark World Heritage Site and the Clyde Walkway beyond.
Our plan is to widen the entrance to the path at the Hyndford Road end, as well as improving the surface of the tarmac that is currently there. We have approached South Lanarkshire Council for funding to improve the area, but they are unable to help on the scale that is vitally needed to improve the path.
We plan to improve the look of the area by erecting new fencing, signage, and soft landscaping. The plan is to work with LGS art department, and have the fence decorated with works of art by the school children. We hope this will brighten the area up, as well as deterring vandalism.
LCDT have been instrumental in the redevelopment of the adjacent entrance to St. Kentigern’s Church, a scheduled ancient monument, and we believe this is the next step to improving the wider area. We hope this will improve not only the look of the area but have a positive real term impact for the users of the path. It is hoped that this will improve accessibility both to the school and beyond, making it a safer and better used walkway.