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AimUp – Uplift for Innerleithen gains planning approval.

Good news from Innerleithen as AimUp gains planning approval for an uplift facility. We caught up with AimUp’s Ian Campbell to get the down low on the uplift

The AimUp proposal
A short but important update on the progress of the uplift project in Innerleithen. Today Scottish Borders Council Planning Committee confirmed approval for the Planning in Principle application for the uplift at Innerleithen. This is obviously great news for the project, Innerleithen & we believe the Scottish Borders. With planning approval, we have something tangible to progress discussions with potential funders. We are also hopeful that the decision on our NFLS application to lease forest estate land will be made before the end of the year.

The type of uplift we’ve now got planning permission for is a low level rail based system. So not a typical chairlift style, more like a small carriage that quickly transports folks, and their bikes, to the top of the hill. In addition, we’re planning to build a toboggan type attraction, something anyone can ride & enjoy the fun & thrills of a descent through the forest.

Incorporated in our plans are the development of additional biking & walking trails in the forest. For biking these will include graded XC & DH type trails.

The development includes cafe & changing areas, and a viewing platform at the top.

Our own website gives more information on the proposal http://www.aimup.org.uk




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Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome

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