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Dunnottar primary school pupils have been taking photos of their journey to school to improve transport links in Stonehaven and promote their School Travel Plan that is to be launched at the school on Thursday, October 6.

As part of the development of the Travel Plan members of the eco-group walked along the routes with digital cameras to document perceived hazards and potential improvements.

Pupils who took part in the project then created a giant map of the surrounding area for fellow pupils to comment on and all feedback was passed to the council to consider.

Pupils’ recommendations included the development of cycle paths, road junctions with poor visibility owing to car parking, and new signs.

The plan has now been produced by travel officers within Aberdeenshire Council’s Infrastructure Service and will promote walking and cycling routes to the school.

The improvements have been included in the Travel Plan for the school which outlines measures to get more pupils travelling actively to school rather than by car.

Dunnottar Primary School Head Teacher Kerry Robertson said: “This is a great opportunity for pupils to take part and influence community life in Stonehaven.

“It will also allow them to understand the way in which the council works and see how partnerships between different services enable us to deliver the best possible outcomes for our residents.

“I am delighted with the pupils’ efforts and the intention is now to implement the Travel Plan – a process that I know is already happening through the pupils’ enthusiasm in communicating their work to their parents!”