KCDT AGM News and 2016-17 achievements


WE ARE 10 YEARS OLD

It has been another successful year for Kirknewton Community Development Trust, our tenth year since becoming a Trust in 2006!  Find out more in this news report and at the Annual General Meeting on Tuesday 5th December at 7.30pm in the Green Room.  All welcome!

WE ARE FUNDED BY BIG LOTTERY SCOTLAND

In mid 2016, we successfully received £150,000 from Big Lottery Scotland.  This has provided us with two years funding, which will end in July 2018.

WE BOUGHT LAND

We purchased land at Camps Junction (the east end of the village) to build housing for the elderly for £75,000.  We applied and were successful in getting a £60,000 grant from Scottish Land Fund.  £15,000 was contributed by the Trust. Further to that, we received up to £72,000 to clear the land of debris left by a previous developer from West Lothian Council, of which we used approximately £50,000.  Once the land has planning for houses, it is expected to be worth more than the £75,000 purchase price.

WE HOPE TO BUILD HOUSES FOR THE ELDERLY

We have secured £10,000 to put together a grant application of £500,000 to the Scottish Government for a Rural Housing grant that will go towards the housing for the elderly project.  The houses will be low cost to heat and light.  We have established a relationship with Responsible Social Landlord Horizon to manage the rented homes when built and Almond to help develop the homes. The grant application is expected to be made in early 2018.

CHARLES JENCKS ART PROJECT

We have been successful in an asset transfer request to the local authority for the adjoining land to Camps Junction for a Charles Jencks artwork at the Gateway to the Village.  This means that, following legal agreement, we will also own that land too. We also applied and were successful in getting a £20,000 Arts Grant from West Lothian Council and £10,000 from Village Improvement Fund towards the project.  Dalmahoy Estates gifted £8000 worth of balsalt stones from the quarry and we have a donation of additional of stones from Tarmac Ravelrigg Quarry too.  Some work has already been done on the artwork, titled Order and Chaos.  Installation is expected to begin early in 2018.

KCDT THIRD FIREWORK DISPLAY

Building on the success of last year we were able to run a bigger and better Fireworks display in Kirknewton Park on 2nd November, with over 1000 attending.  For your safety, we introduced tickets, security and improved lighting this year and made sure we didn’t lose donations to unauthorised traders.  We hope to go back to donations next year, now we have established expected numbers in the park.  A massive thanks to all those who attended and the volunteers who contribute their time and equipment to the event.  Their contribution helps keep costs down and maintain a low recommended donation.

CHRISTMAS AT THE STABLES

The popular Kirknewton Christmas Family Fair and BBQ is once again at the Stables on Saturday 2nd December at 11.30 – 3.30pm.  Based on your feedback, the event is closer to Christmas this year (last year it was mid November), Santa’s grotto will be there, a marquee with entertainment including brass bands, a choir, a magician and storytelling, a chance to win prizes including a Christmas Hamper from Patersons, more entertainment for all the family and the usual food, drink and BBQ to help share the spirit of Christmas.  The event is free and we look forward to seeing you there again this year!

NEW STAFF EMPLOYED  – FROM KIRKNEWTON!

With sadness we said goodbye to our Finance and Admin Officer Zoe Hubbard and Youth and Volunteer Co-ordinator Jennifer Ba, who both went on to positive destinations this year.  We recruited Stephanie Paterson as our new Finance Officer to support Director Pat Hastings who has taken on the lead for Finance after Treasurer Neil Greer resigned following a move to East Calder.  We also recruited a former Youth Club volunteer, Laura Bilton, to the role of Youth and Volunteer Co-ordinator.  Both Laura and Stephanie live in the village and have hit the ground running on various projects.  We now employ one full time and four part time staff in the village.

BROADBAND IMPROVEMENTS

Although not directly a KCDT project, thanks to your votes in a national community competition, Virgin Media installed broadband through most of the village (a Kirknewton Development Plan objective for 2020).  Furthermore KCDT were awarded £14,000 to support an improved Broadband project around Harperigg, thanks to windfarm money distributed by West Lothian Development Trust.  The residents there will be taking the project forward.

KIRKNEWTON TOURISM

We applied and were successful in getting £2000 of funding from Edinburgh Airport Community Fund to print 20,000 copies of the Kirknewton tourism brochure. This leaflet supports local business and encourages people to know more about their local area. This leaflet was distributed in school bags across West Lothian, local homes and Visit West Lothian leaflet racks.

KIRKNEWTON PARK IMPROVEMENTS

Park improvements this year, co-ordinated by KCDT, include improved surfaces and the sensory garden in the Community Woodland, improved drainage on the pitch, hard surface around the basketball court and the flying fox, thanks to West Lothian Council, Village Improvement Fund and Tesco Bags Of Help programme.  KCDT also advised the Council on the proposed Park Pavilion, to help keep down future costs for heating, lighting and hot water.

GALA AND VILLAGE HALL COMMITTEE NOW PART OF KCDT

The Gala and Village Hall committees have become committees of the Trust, and both are being supported by Trust structures, charity status and support staff while maintaining much needed volunteers to keep activity going. The Green Roo and Village Hall remain popular destinations for events and parties in the community.

COMMUNITY ACTIVITY AND WEBSITE

It is great to see a growing number of community activity and KCDT has continued to support Youth Activities, Youth Club (including trips to Jump Station and Ghost Walk on Halloween), art competitions in the school, bike repair and skills training, Kirknewton Klean Up Krew litter tidying events, helping Cyrenians sell local veg bags and developing our new website kirknewton.info.  The website was developed in- house, saving us £8000 to design a new one, and is supported by social media activity which has increased traffic to the website.  KCDT are happy to share any events or news stories on the website and social media – email infokirknewton@gmail.com

FUTURE FUNDING FROM FAUCH HILL WINDFARM

We have a potential investment opportunity in Fauch Hill Windfarm.  A reduced windfarm scheme is to go to planning soon, with support from the Kirknewton community following a consultation in which the majority of the community supported the project and location.  KCDT has negotiated investment, paid for by the developer, into the windfarm for a virtual turbine for Kirknewton, West Calder and Harburn and the wider West Lothian.  This will provide substantial annual funding for all our activities and help support other groups too. This is due to go to West Lothian Council for planning before the end of this year. Hopefully at our next AGM, after 10 years of trying, we will have some good news to report.

OUR BOARD

KCDT, along with the Kirknewton Community Council, have spent the last six months encouraging people to stand for the Community Council or the KCDT Board.  We were happy to see 27 candidates stand for 18 places and 25% of you voted in the Community Council election (a local election, with party machines, is usually a 40% turnout)

Current KCDT Board members interviewed candidates for the KCDT Board and we welcome the opportunity to put forward Caroline Hamilton at the AGM. Caroline will join the other Board Members Stewart McKenna, Pat Hastings, Martin Hall, Kenny Birch, Vic Garrad and Hugh Hunter Gordon.  Directors currently resign from the Board on rotation.  This year Vic Garrad and Hugh Hunter Gordon are standing down, but may put themselves forward again for the Board.

COME TO THE KCDT AGM

The 9th KCDT AGM will take place on Tuesday 5th December at 7.30pm in the Green Room.  There will be a full presentation on work in the community and the objectives of the Kirknewton Development Plan to 2020.  There will also be mince pies and wine!  All welcome.

JOIN THE TRUST

Anyone over the age of 16 who lives in Kirknewton can become a member of the Trust.  You can join online or fill out an application form.  The link is here.

Thanks all x

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