Welcome, this is my first update from the Board as I am just new in post. It would be an understatement to use the term ‘a steep learning curve’….more like the Eiger on a snowy day!
I am delighted to say that thanks to Dougie Baird, the refurbishment of the gardens at the Low Port is on track. This week we hope to appoint a contractor and have the improvements done during the school summer holidays.
The Kettilstoun project is still going through the Planning procedures and it is exciting to see the enthusiasm within the town, from all ages, for these great facilities. However, all projects of this nature tend to hit unforeseen snags and challenges from time to time and Kettilstoun is no different. We are currently talking through some details with West Lothian Council, West Lothian Leisure, sportscotland and others. We will update further once we are clearer on what these things mean for us and the project. The Board would like to restate our total commitment to making it happen because we think it is a great project with enormous benefits for the town, and it can be made to work.
The other exciting news is that the Development Trust Association Scotland have offered us a grant of £40,000 to develop new projects and give impetus to much wanted changes within the community. Currently, a small group of us are working on the outcomes we want to achieve before we seek to employ someone. As you can imagine, this will be a major step in the work of the Trust. One of my first ideas is that the Trust should have a physical location in the town as a precursor to supporting many projects, existing and new to develop.
Finally, I am so sorry that I have not met as many of the external interested groups and people in the town who feel ownership of the Trust. I do like good coffee and so open to invitations to meet at any of the wonderful places that make this drink within the town. I would like to thank all those to date who have given me their time. I would especially like to thank our past Chair, Gillian Fawcitt. She is a very hard act to follow and her handover preparation and notes have been so thorough and helpful. She and John are heading south soon to be nearer to family and I am sure that many in the town would like to offer their thanks for her contribution to the civic life of the town. I hope we will find a time at the AGM in August to show her our appreciation.