Should we give Acorn Dell a new name? Tell us what you think!
As you know, earlier this year, CCT took on the ownership (and responsibility for stewardship) of the community-owned land at Acorn Dell. We think now is a good opportunity to ask our members and residents of Crieff what they think about the name, Acorn Dell.
Over the years, we have heard some people in Crieff say that they don’t like the name ‘Acorn Dell’. Some people say they don’t recognise this as the name for the land that lies along the west bank of the Turret Burn between Turret Bridge and the River Earn – that local people have always referred to the path along the Turret Burn as ‘Lady Mary’s Walk’, but the land to the west of the path has never really had a name. Some people think that ‘Acorn Dell’ doesn’t sound like a Scottish place name, and they would like to have the name changed.
We’re doing a survey of our members and residents in Crieff to find out what people really think about the name ‘Acorn Dell’. We’ve also done a bit of research on historical maps and other records relating to this area and have come up with three possible alternatives to the name, Acorn Dell.
Want to find out more? Take our survey here. We would love to hear your views!
Since we last wrote to you in July there has been some progress. We are pleased to tell you that CCT has been awarded £7,000 from the Scottish Land Fund [SLF] and £10,000 from Perth & Kinross Council to conduct a feasibility study on the Drummond Arms and the potential for other disused buildings in the town centre.
The nature of the work has changed a bit though; instead of focusing on the one building, the SLF stipulates that ‘the feasibility of this project – including an options appraisal of other potential sites in the area that could be used to deliver the community outcomes – needs to be identified prior to undertaking any further work on this specific building’. The feasibility study aims to determine what the options are for regenerating the Drummond Arms, the value of the building and whether the owner is willing to negotiate a sale to the CCT.
CCT has appointed Community Enterprise to carry out the work. Community Enterprise has 20 years experience in the field and CCT is looking forward to working with them. A Community Enterprise spokesperson said: ‘This study aims to show a project that is viable, additional to other activity, fundable and will make a clear difference in Crieff and the surrounding area’.
CCT and Community Enterprise want to make sure the community is given every opportunity to have their say during this study. Look out for consultation events that will be happening over the next few months. This feasibility work is due to be completed by the end of February 2017.
One of the potential uses for the Drummond Arms could be a co-working space where people can work instead of working from home or commuting to offices further afield. Our survey is still ongoing. There have been 74 responses so far. The majority of responses are from Crieff-based self-employed and employed people working from home or commuting to work. Almost half say they would use a work hub on a drop-in basis and another 15% would use it full-time. We are planning to test this idea in the old Primary School’s refectory. This will be included in the upcoming feasibility study with Community Enterprise.
We would like to say a belated thank you to everyone who donated their time and money at our bag pack at the Co-op in September. Together we raised £692.88!
CCT relies on these donations to cover costs not related to a specific project for things such as public liability insurance, attending learning workshops, postage etc. It is also important for us to demonstrate that CCT has a healthy bank balance when applying for grant funding.
Dates for Your Diary
Next Path Work Party: Saturday 29 October
The next planned work party will be near Auchingarrich on the Torlum path. The Crieff Paths Group carried out drainage work on this path three years ago — one of their first tasks as a group. A general light clean-up is all that will be needed this time.
Meet at the Wildlife Centre at 10am and finish early afternoon.
Free tea and buns will be on offer afterwards in the cafe.
Wear warm clothing and boots, and bring your own lunch.
Tools will be provided as usual.
All hands are welcome. Please let Alex email@example.com. know if you would like to come.
Quiz Night: Friday, 24 February 2017
Pop this in your diary now! You don't want to miss this fantastic night of fun and wit as CCT hosts its first Quiz Night on Friday, 24 February 2017 at the Strathearn Artspace. We will send more information closer to the date.