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Innerleithen mountain bike chairlift granted planning permission

Bike chairlift
Image caption It has been estimated the bike chairlift scheme would cost about £5m to construct

Planning permission for a mountain bike chairlift in the Borders village of Innerleithen has been approved.

The community will now start the process of raising £5m pounds to fund the project.

The project includes the construction of a visitor centre, an uplift for mountain bikes and also a toboggan run.

Developers AIMUp believe the scheme can create a thriving outdoor sports community in the Tweed Valley supporting more than 100 jobs.

AIMUp - Action on the Innerleithen Mechanical Uplift - comprises local businesses, mountain bikers and residents of Innerleithen, Traquair, Walkerburn and Cardrona.

The equipment, which resembles a fairground rollercoaster, can take up to 1,200 people an hour up the steep wooded slopes near Traquair to the courses, which are acknowledged as among the most challenging in Europe.

An AIMUp spokesman said: "This is obviously great news for the project, Innerleithen and we believe the Scottish Borders. With planning approval, we have something tangible to progress discussions with potential funders."

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