FIVE community projects across Clackmannanshire will benefit from a massive boost in funding from the council.

Clackmannanshire Council has been allocated £310,000 from the Scottish Government’s Place Based Investment Fund (PBIF).

During a council meeting on Thursday, November 30, councillors agreed that five community projects will receive a share of the funding.

The five chosen projects are Carsebridge Cultural Campus, Menstrie cycle path lighting, Menstrie Active Travel orientation improvements, the paths and park at Tillicoultry Primary and new cycle facilities at Clackmannan.

Cllr Ellen Forson, Clacks Council leader, said: “I am delighted to see these five projects are to be funded through our PBIF allocation.

“These projects will improve our communities and deliver clear and lasting benefits to residents all of ages right across Clackmannanshire by the end of March 2025.”

The Carsebridge Cultural Campus, overseen by Resonate Together, has been awarded £96,500 to help with the project.

Resonate recently acquired Harvey House and Ochil House in Carsebridge after receiving support from the Scottish Land Fund.

They seek to redevelop the buildings into a cultural campus, where they can accommodate members of the community while also promoting Clackmannanshire’s arts and heritage.

A sum of £82,500 has been put aside for Menstrie’s cycle path to allow for the installation of lighting columns on the route between Menstrie and Tullibody.

This will serve to make the route safer and more attractive for all those using it, helping to deliver on the aims of the Connectivity Masterplan.

Menstrie Active Travel has been awarded £11,000 to improve visitor infrastructure in the town, aiming to install directional signs and an interpretation board at Menstrie Train Station.

Parklands adjacent to both Tillicoultry Primary School and Firpark Ski Centre will be developed and improved upon, with £110,000 of the budget allocated to this.

The park has a poor quality circular path that is difficult to navigate. The money will be used to widen the path, making it accessible to wheelchairs and improve the greenspace to create more biodiversity.

Lastly, the cycle project at Clackmannan has received a grant of £79,900 PBIF allocation, which is coupled with £50,000 from Sportscotland.