ANYONE WHO LIVES IN KIRKNEWTON CAN JOIN KCDT FOR FREE
The Kirknewton Community Development Trust aim to improve the lives of everyone in Kirknewton. If you are not yet a member of the Kirknewton Community Development Trust then why not join. You have to be over the age of 16, living in the Kirknewton area and membership is per individual, not household. The membership form can be handed or posted into the Green Room at 12 Main Street, Kirknewton, EH278AH and can be found online here
KCDT was founded in 2006 and after a recent ‘health check’ by the Big Lottery Scotland were described as a good example of an ‘anchor organisation’. We are members of the Development Trust Association of Scotland and registered with the charity regulator OSCR.
The current members of the KCDT Board are local volunteers Chair Stewart McKenna, Vice Chair Martin Hall, Acting Treasurer Caroline Hamilton, Secretary Hugh Hunter Gordon and Vic Garrad. Our newest Board Member is John Mundell, who has lived in the village for 16 years and was formerly Chief Executive of Inverclyde Council. Currently Board Members are chosen based on required skill set needed for the Development Plan. Details of the Board can be found on pages 4 & 5 of the Kirknewton News here
Chief Executive Officer is Tony Foster, Stephanie Paterson Finance Officer, Debbie Douglas Funding Officer, Greg Young Community Gardener and Maria Bathgate Volunteer Co-ordinator. Details of how to contact them are on our Contacts page
Community engagement underpins everything we do, identified by the lottery as best practice. KCDT, using an external consultant, conduct the community consultation and produce the Kirknewton Development Plan every five years – the latest report can be seen here and the Development Plan 2016-2020 can be read on pages 12-15 of the Kirknewton News here.
The Trust advised on West Lothian Council engaging communities toolkit which you can read here
We also engage with current and developing Community Trusts through the informal West Lothian Development Trust Network meetings, inviting guest speakers to promote best practice across the region. This is the first local network initiative of its kind across the whole of Scotland. We have advised a number of Trusts before starting up including West Calder and Harburn Development Trust and currently a Trust at East Calder.
We received approximately £80,000 from Big Lottery Scotland to develop our first community consultation and £250,000 to develop our plan for 2012-2015. We have received another £150,000 to help us move towards a more sustainable future, following the rejection of the Fauch Hill windfarm (see below). Beyond July 2018 this core funding ended and we were given an additional £70,000 from the lottery to support the project over three years (having to supply match funding during that period).
We recently made a successful application for £14,000 from windfarm funds for a Broadband project for the residents in the Harperigg area of Kirknewton, £30,000 for a Charles Jencks Art Project from a West Lothian Arts Grant, £13,000 for a flying fox from Village Improvement Fund, £13,000 for a safe pathway to the East of the village and £10,000 for improvements in neglected areas of the village. We recently received a Strengthening Communities Fund for maintaining our Fundraiser and Gardener until March 2021, £40,000 Heritage Lottery Fund for a history project and £30,000 from Nationwide Building Society for supporting senior citizens in their homes and take forward our volunteer support work. We are currently working on a £1.2 million funding application for housing and possible investment in a windfarm with planning at Camilty (further details below). Following a small consultation using the Place Priciple and local stakeholders £54,000 has been awarded to Kirknewton from the Town Centre Fund from Scottish Government and local authority. We are currently undertaking our third community partipation exercise.
Most of our current funding streams end or decline March 2021.
Recently the Gala and the Village Hall Committee voted to become Boards of the Trust, ensuring charitable status and governance that come with that. The Gala recently took on the Christmas Fair, previously co-ordinated by the Trust. The KCA, or Village Hall Committee, are currently working on some small improvements to the Hall and possibly helping the Council to run their new £400,000 Pavilion project. The Lang Whang Wombles, who encourage cleaning up the A70 and Kirknewton/Balerno area also approached us to became a committee of the Trust and we have supported their fantastic initiative. Find out more here
Zero Energy Eco Building The Green Room
KCDT built the Green Room – you can read what is unique about the building here. The building was funded by Leader with a £120,000 grant and KCDT funds. You can find details about hiring the Green Room here.
A member of staff is available in the Green Room from 10am – 1pm Tues and Thur (due to Covid-19). At all other times call 01506 883988 to see if anyone is available if you require access (currently restricted). If you wish to meet our Funding Officer email firstname.lastname@example.org, if you wish to meet our Gardener e mail email@example.com and if you wish to meet with the CEO e mail firstname.lastname@example.org .
Zero Energy Housing for the Elderly, Hydro and Wind Projects
We recently were successful in getting £60,000 from Scottish Land Fund to purchase land at Camps Junction East for £75,000 from West Lothian Council. We intend to build zero energy homes for the elderly to rent. Unfortunately we discovered the land has was contaminated by a building developer waste. The Council gave us a grant to remove the waste of up to £72,000. Using local business and volunteer help we returned £17,000 back to the Council. The Scottish Government has awarded us £10,000 to develop a Rural Housing Fund application of £500,000 to deliver this for elderly residents in the community.
We co-ordinated several communities to benefit from hydro opportunities across the Forestry Commission Estate and received £40,000 from Cares to do feasibility studies on each site. The recent Department of Environment and Climate Change announcement on feed in tariff rates has now made each site currently uneconomic to develop.
KCDT negotiated the best wind farm deal in Scotland, for community benefit and investment, at Fauch Hill. Read about it here. Despite over 60% support for the scheme, based on an independent survey, the local authority and then the Scottish Government rejected the scheme. Kirknewton lost £100,000 a year in community benefit alone. There is a new Fauch Hill application we can invest in, which we hope will be granted, which will provide up to £50,000+ a year in funds. This is going to appeal after being rejected by West Lothian Council. We currently also have an interest in a windfarm based at Camilty – details here