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Newsletter - November 2016

Welcome everyone and I hope you have all had a great summer and autumn. Work has been continuing over the last few months, with some good progress to report and other continuing discussions have been taking place behind the scenes in relation to Kettilstoun.

A successful AGM was held at the end of August, detailing the achievements that have taken place over the last 15 months. Thanks were extended to the many individuals and organisations within the town for their continued active support of our work. In addition the support from West Lothian Leisure, sportscotland and Cycling Scotland were recorded specifically in relation to Kettilstoun. An update on this project is detailed later in the newsletter.
 
There is also an update and pictures of the refurbishment of the gardens at the Lowport, which is now complete. Many thanks are extended to Dougie Baird for his skill, time and patience in supervising this project and delivering an excellent result.
 
Last time, I reported the news that the Development Trust Association Scotland had provided us with a grant. I am delighted to announce that with this funding the Board have appointed Pamela Barnes as Development Worker and Rebecca Holmes as Administrative Support until 31st March 2017. This is very exciting as it will allow the Trust to develop other projects within the town. Some of the ideas for potential projects so far have included; support for volunteer leadership, a community hub that covers social public and private enterprises, a community energy supplies and improvement of public areas within the town. Pamela introduces herself and some more information about what her work will entail later in the newsletter. 
 
Finally, it was fantastic to have the opportunity to meet some of our members at the AGM. I look forward to meeting more of you as our work continues.

Fraser Falconer
Chair
LCDT
LCDT News
Cycle Track is Getting Close

 

We are working hard to progress plans for a cycle circuit next to Linlithgow Leisure Centre, as the first phase of a multi-sports development on the site. Fraser Falconer, LCDT Chair, said:

 
“This sports development will be a fabulous facility not just for Linlithgow, but for people across West Lothian and beyond. We are truly excited about making it a reality.”

November 22nd is the next staging post in our work with the Trust’s main partner West Lothian Council. Crucially, with West Lothian Council as an active partner in delivering the facility, this will save the project paying a VAT bill of over £200,000.

The first phase, with key national and local charitable funders, will deliver a 1km cycle track, the first of its kind in Scotland. Whilst this is being built, our fundraising campaign for the skatepark and athletics facilities will begin.

Other plans the Community Development Trust have include using renewable energy for the floodlighting, with the sale of any surplus being used to generate funds for reinvesting within the community.
 
Pamela Barnes, LCDT Development Worker
Overview of the LCDT AGM 27th August

The LCDT AGM was held at the Lowport Centre on Saturday 27th August. The meeting gave a formal record of the business of the last year, and also provided a preview for what activities may take place in 2016/17. Thanks to Gill Fawcitt were also recorded for her hard work and determination as Chair during much of the period of review.
 

Eleven existing Directors were re-elected or confirmed their continuing positions for the next year. This ensures the Trust continues to have a strong and experienced Board going forwards. Our sincere thanks were noted, following the resignations from Jonathan Molloy and Frances Wood, for all their valuable work during their time as Trust Directors. We are also grateful for Frances' continued support within our Communications Group. In addition, we are delighted to welcome Charlie Hogg as a new Director, who brings a wealth of knowledge with her.

 

On the year ahead, our Chair, Fraser Falconer, noted the vision is to continue increasing Trust membership, and further develop the central role of the Trust in the civic life of Linlithgow. Fraser thanked the many individuals and organisations within the Town for their continued active support.

Pamela Barnes, LCDT Development Worker

Lowport Gardens Improvement Project
 
Having joined the project back in March, with a well-developed plan and a team of stalwarts to guide me, I set about finding a contractor to do the work required. We wanted to find a local firm that could demonstrate successful completion of similar projects in the past and could complete the work within time and budget.
 
From WLC lists and Internet research, we chose P1 Contracts based at Champany from a short list of three firms. The early appointment of a contractor allowed P1 more than two clear months to set up for the intended start date of 4th July 2016. After arranging planning permission, Coal Authority reports, the appointment of an Archaeologist to oversee any excavations, and some manhandling of heavy planters, we were ready to start.
 
The Lowport Centre kindly allowed us to have quite a chunk of their car park as a base for materials and equipment and many thanks are due to them for this facility. The site was quickly stripped back and the Archaeologist was happy that we could carry on with the work, when we hit our first snag. The boundary wall was planned to be repaired and re-coped in the plan but exposing the wall revealed considerable damage within and the wall repair became a new wall.
 
Foreman Jim and his assistant David have worked really well throughout and have kept the site neat and tidy at all times. More importantly, they have avoided any major damage to the beautiful flowers planted on and around the site whilst manoeuvring their machinery. There have been issues to be resolved with materials; delivery times, quantities, and style, all the usual suspects for this type of project. The wall is rebuilt, the wheelchair ramp is in place, and the gardens look good.
 
The improved site is now available for use, and with a following wind, we will have the Notice Board, bins and seats, and the planters, ready for planting as well.

The pictures below demonstrate the progress and changes from start to finish.
 
Dougie Baird, Project Manager

























 

























 
 Getting to Know Our Development Worker -
Pamela Barnes
 
Six years ago I moved to Linlithgow, with my husband, young daughter and another on the way. It won’t surprise anyone that it didn’t take long for us all to love living here and feel proud to call Linlithgow our home.
 
My professional background is in communications and research, with a Scottish children and families charity. Before that I worked as a social researcher around health and social care, housing and community regeneration issues.
 
During this past year I took some time away from work to be a full time mum and got more involved with some community groups. I loved connecting with local issues, and really getting to know some of the people and organisations that make the town tick.  
 
So when the LCDT Development Worker opportunity arose this summer, I jumped at it. Combining community-led action with an enterprising approach? I like the sound of that. I love the ethos of Community Development Trusts, of just getting things done, being wholly community-owned and working collaboratively, to unlock the capacity of communities in these hard pressed times.
 
The multi-sport facility at Kettilstoun is such an exciting project. Since starting in this post it has been fantastic speaking to people about the plans and seeing the amount of support from across the community.
 
Looking to the future I feel privileged to be helping the Trust work towards the challenge of Linlithgow realising its full potential, capitalising on our wealth of assets and working together with the plethora of community groups. Growing our membership, and really engaging with the whole community, is going to be key for the future and what we can achieve. I am really looking forward to this and helping the Trust become an established part of community life in our wonderful town.
 
More details about our community engagement plans will follow shortly. But in the meantime if you’re involved in a local community group (or just fancy a chat!) I’d love to hear from you. You can email me on pamela@trust-linlithgow.org.uk, call 0981 922 490 or pop into the Vennel office across from the library anytime during school hours.
 
Pamela Barnes, LCDT Development Worker
 
“We cannot seek achievement for ourselves and forget about
progress and prosperity for our community... Our ambitions must be broad enough to include the aspirations and needs of others, for their sakes and for our own.”
Cesar Chavez
What's going on elsewhere?
The Development Trusts Association Scotland (DTAS) supports Development Trusts across the country. The latest DTA Scotland E-bulletin provides an update of what other trusts are doing across Scotland.
 
The Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations (SCVO) supports and connects voluntary organisations across Scotland. For details of the latest news, events, training, and more see the SCVO website.
 
Voluntary Action Scotland is the network organisation for Scotland’s Third Sector Interfaces. It aims to make the most of the knowledge and experience in our network to support each other to deliver for the communities we have at heart across all 32 local authority areas in Scotland. The latest news is available in the VAS newsletter.
Big Lottery Fund Community Assets Grants
 
The above programme was launched over the summer so with holidays it could easily have passed you by. The Community Assets Programme replaces the previous Growing Community Assets Programme. It is a rolling programme of between £10,000 and £1m and its aim is to empower people to create strong and resilient communities by helping them to acquire, manage or develop assets such as buildings or land.
 
As in an earlier piece for this newsletter BIG are looking to work around three approaches; people-led, strengths-based and connected across all their programmes. Through Community Assets they are looking for strong applications which:
 
  • Are rooted in the community, are genuinely community-led and give the community a stake in local decision-making
  • Are connected to other organisations and services in the community
  • Show clearly the changes that will take place and why this is the best way to deliver these changes
  • Show the developments will be economically sustainable once our grant has ended.
 
Funding can be up to five years to allow community-led organisations stability to deliver great work. This can be a mix of both capital, including the cost of acquiring an asset, and revenue. Match-funding is encouraged but not essential, so projects can be in for up to 100 per cent of activity costs including staff, training, volunteer expenses, equipment, premises costs, evaluation and overheads.  
 
Requests we are less likely to consider are:
  • General refurbishment
  • A lease (unless exceptional circumstances are involved)
  • A building that will only be used for headquarters
 
Interest during the few weeks of the fund opening has been very high. If this is reflected in applications it means demand on the available funding is likely to be very competitive. Early indications suggest that based on the budget, they are only expecting to fund between 10 and 15 communities over the next year. Therefore it is likely that BIG will only encourage requests that will very strongly address inequality or disadvantage. Linlithgow often struggles to access this type of funding due to this last point. Therefore this would need to be strongly evidenced in developing any potential project.
 
If you have a project idea in mind you should contact BIG at advicescotland@biglotteryfund.org.uk or on 0300 123 7110 to discuss your idea, or for any other questions about this funding. Also see https://www.biglotteryfund.org.uk/global-content/programmes/scotland/community-assets
 
Dougie Grierson, Community Regeneration Officer WLC
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