A busy, busy weekend. The Meals and Wheels event was very well attended and everyone I spoke to seemed to have a good time! The event was tinged with a little sadness as people in Kirknewton found out that Lisa and the Powerdown team, who put the event together, have not got a third year of funding from the Climate Challenge Fund and the project will end at the end of March (unless there is someone kind enough in the village who want to donate a spare £100,000 for the next year!).
You can still take part in the food waste trial and get your free recycling caddie. Please let the Powerdown team know before the end of the month if you want to take part on 01506 883 988 or e mail email@example.com. You will find over the course of the trial how much food you waste and in these tough economic times it may help you to save money! Loads of caddies were given out on Saturday but we have plenty more if you want to take part in the trial. This will help inform the business planning for the anaerobic digestor project. If you want to know more about that I will be available in the KCDT village office from April.
Without the Powerdown team the Development Trust will have to rely on volunteers and look at other avenues of funding. If you want to join the trust then contact firstname.lastname@example.org and a membership form will be sent out to you. Membership is free and you will be sent regular news about what the trust is up to you and how you can get actively involved if you wish. A larger membership also helps the village for any right to buy projects that may come out of the current ‘I Love Kirknewton’ community consultation. A number of people have joined the Trust over the last month (as well as subscribing to this blog – see right) so join today – and encourage your friends and family in Kirknewton to join too. Remember it is an individual membership, so more than one member of your family can join.
Everyone who came to the Meals and Wheels event not only got a chance to see your Big Ideas from the recent Community Consultation but were able to see the plans for the park, contribute your thoughts for future development through the village Park Action Group and also have one last go on the old play park. The work on the new play park begins today!
On todays blog I’m also presenting you the final comments put on maps from the village. If you have anything to add comment here on the blog. These maps fit in quite nicely with groups who attended the Meals and Wheels event. There are your suggested cycle/walking routes and ways of improving those routes. There are traffic management suggestions. There are issues on improving the dog fouling issues in the village, including in the park (which is being monitored alongside the development of the new park) and finally some site specific suggestions. Through the Wood For Winter Warmth meeting, the drop in day, the Meals and Wheels display, the Kirknewton facebook group, the Kirknewtoneh27 twitter feed and this blog over 600 people should know what ideas were put forward from Kirknewton. We will also be able to keep you up todate with developing news with the new Kirknewton website – keep reading the blog for more details. It is coming very, very soon!
Finally, thanks to people in Kirknewton and our friends at various facebook/twitter groups West Lothian went from 16th on Thursday to 6th on the WWF Earth Hour map! Well done to all involved. I’m not sure if the clocks moving forward negated all the good work achieved from 8.30 – 9.30pm on Saturday, but I hope you weren’t caught out with the clocks changing! With all this activity I missed the fact there was a boat race on (Oxford won, by the way). That must mean the Grand National is due! Now if I get good odds will I be able to get that £100,000+ funding for Powerdown 3 we need???