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Hello! Here's a wee update on our projects: 
  
TOWN CENTRE

Crieff Community Trust is still focused on regenerating the former Drummond Arms building which is having a very negative effect on Crieff's town centre. For a recap of our efforts to bring new life to the building, please visit www.crieffcommunitytrust.org.uk.

While working on acquiring the building, CCT would like to test one of the activities we think could work in the building: a co-working space or work hub. This would be a place where people can work for themselves alongside other like-minded people and possibly work together and collaborate on projects. More work spaces in Crieff would avoid local people having to commute to other towns. An excellent example of such a scheme can be seen in the Fumbally Exchange in Dublin where people from a wide range of disciplines have come together to work and provide mutual support. See their website for more information about how it all works. www.fumballyexchange.com 

CCT is currently talking to Perth & Kinross Council about using the old Primary School Refectory as a potential site. CCT wants to hear from people looking for such a space and are in the process of creating a survey and planning open meetings to find out how best to set up the space: 
  • Is it an open plan office with shared meeting rooms and resources?
  • With trestle tables for people to sit with a laptop?
  • What would YOU look for in this work hub?
Look out for more information in the local press, www.crieffcommunitytrust.org.uk and the CCT facebook page.

Meanwhile, in early April, CCT’s Chair Ailsa Campbell joined members from eight other development trusts from around Scotland for a two day study trip to Wooler and Amble in Northumberland to learn from two inspiring development trusts who have undertaken significant, and successful, town centre regeneration projects. Both development trusts are over 20 years old and have really made a difference in their towns. Ailsa found it very worthwhile and learned a lot from these groups as well as from the other people on the trip.

Ailsa was also involved in the Can Do Places 'Enterprise Mash Up' in Glasgow on 20th April where she presented a synopsis of CCT's efforts to regenerate the Drummond Arms and the road blocks we are facing. Can Do Places is a government backed framework to help groups such as development trusts and business improvement districts keep their town centres alive by creating enterprising places. They are a huge support to the CCT town centre volunteers. More information about Can Do Places can be found here: www.candoplaces.org

TRANSPORT

At their April meeting, the Board of the Strathallan Community Rail Partnership gave considerable thought to how the community could make better use of the facilities on Gleneagles Station. The station has  a number of rooms not yet in use. Possible uses could be: retail outlets, exhibition spaces, offices or studio space.

Residents of West Perthshire will be asked for their ideas. Surveys are to be conducted at all three stations on the line to determine the origin and destination of people using the three stations. This will enable us to plan publicity although in view of the cost involved, it is extremely unlikely it will result in additional bus services. The Board also proposes to install a local information display at the station. 
 
The provision of the hourly service between Glasgow and Dundee calling at Stirling, Bridge of Allan, Dunblane, Gleneagles, Perth and Invergowrie will be part of the major improvement of services following the electrification of the line south of Dunblane.
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