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. You will get updated news via a regular e mail bulletin. The membership 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, Secretary Hugh Hunter Gordon, 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 Laura Bilton and Stephanie Paterson Finance Officer. Details of how to contact them are on our Contacts page
Community engagement underpins everything we do. KCDT 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.
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).
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 have discovered the land has been contaminated by a building developer waste that may cost more than the land to remove.
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. We currently also have an interest in a windfarm based at Camilty – details here