Crieff residents to decide future of their town
Nicole Reid • Published 1 Jun 2012 09:30
CRIEFF residents will have the chance to decide what they want for the future of their town over the next few weeks.
Thanks to hardworking efforts of The Crieff Community Trust Steering group, they have received funding of £9,839 from Awards for All to develop a community action plan for Crieff.
They will be inviting people who live and work in Crieff to think and talk about what they want for Crieff to compile in a community action plan - which will provide the basis for the Trust's work for the next five years.
Hoping to get started as soon as possible, the steering group has now appointed Colin Roxburgh, of the Small Town and Rural Development Group, to help with the action planning process.
During the next few weeks, Colin - who has over 30 years experience of community regeneration in urban and rural communities across Scotland - and his team of local interviewers will be talking to las many people in possible in Crieff. They will also be interviewing key representatives from Perth and Kinross Council and other public and private sector organisations in the town, to get their views about the town and what they would like to see happen over the next five years.
Since 1998, Colin has helped more than 70 communities in Scotland to prepare Community Action Plans and he has helped establish and support over 50 Community Development Trusts.
A Trust member told the Strathallan Times: "A Community Action Plan is an extremely important document for the development trust. It is, in essence, a statement of the community's priorities.
"It is a crucial document to give to funding bodies when applying for grants for projects, since it provides the community's mandate proving what people think and what they want for their town."
To ensure that everyone in the community is included and has an opportunity to share their views there will also be a public open day near the end of September, the date will be confirmed shortly.
The information gathered through the interviews, along with the information from the Community Survey carried out in 2010 and the Dundee University report published last year will then be collated into the Crieff Community Action Plan.
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