A BID to create a new pump track in Dunbar has received a cash boost.

Plans were revealed earlier this year for a pump track – as well as a skate park, football pitch, changing facilities and cafe – to be built in the Hallhill area of the town.

Six projects across Scotland have received a total of £648,400 through the Cycling Facilities Fund.

A total of £50,000 has been earmarked for the proposed facility to the south of the Lochend campus of Dunbar Primary School.

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The proposals, which will require planning permission, are expected to cost hundreds of thousands of pounds. Councillor Norman Hampshire, who represents the town on East Lothian Council, was among those pushing for the scheme to go ahead.

Earlier this year, Mr Hampshire said: “We are looking to create a new pump track and skate park along with changing rooms for the football pitch and a community cafe.

“It would be a multi-generational facility; however, in the evening it will be available for the young people to use.

“They can come and watch television, potentially have a game of pool or other activities.”

More than £244,000 has already been set aside for the full-size football pitch and changing facilities.

The money will come from the development of 245 houses at nearby Hallhill North after Taylor Wimpey East Scotland and Hallhill Developments Ltd were given planning permission last year.

In total, the Cycling Facilities Fund will award £8 million made possible through a £4 million commitment from Scottish Government and £4 million from sportscotland through National Lottery funds and supported by Scottish Cycling.

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Councillor Colin McGinn, the council’s cabinet member for community wellbeing, said: “Pump tracks offer a fun, free way for people of all ages to develop skills and be active, which is why we have committed £250,000 in our budget to developing new facilities across the county.

“The Cycling Facilities Fund award is welcome news in our ambition to deliver a pump track in Dunbar.

“Any proposals will be subject to planning permission and we look forward to sharing further details in due course.”

A pump track is a track for wheeled sports equipment that, when ridden properly, does not require pedaling or pushing, but a ‘pumping’ action to maintain momentum.