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 Pat Hastings (retiring), Secretary Hugh Hunter Gordon, Caroline Hamilton, Kenny Birch and Vic Garrad. Details of the Board can be found on pages 4 & 5 of the Kirknewton News here
Chief Executive Officer is Tony Foster, Youth and Volunteer Co-ordinator Ailsa Meldrum and Stephanie Paterson Finance Officer. 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 latest 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 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 ends.
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 run the firework display with help from volunteers in the community and the annual Christmas Fair at the Stables.
Recently the Gala and the Village Hall Committee voted to become Boards of the Trust, ensuring charitable status and governance that come with that.
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.
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