On Friday 31st May, Auchinleck Community Action Plan was formally launched at an event in The Boswell Centre.
If you are interested in reading more about the Commuunity Action Plan, please feel free to download it from the link below.
The Action Plan identified 5 themes:
- Community Facilities, Activities and Events
- Roads and Traffic
- Local Environment
- Employability and Enterprise
How the action plan came about: Voting Day February 2019
It was third time lucky for Auchinleck on Saturday 2nd February when local residents turned out in force at The Boswell Centre to vote for the priorities, projects and initiatives which will form the basis of a Community Action Plan to help regenerate the community over the next five years. The day was organised by the Coalfield Regeneration Trust who are making £20,000 available to local groups. These groups were asked to make bids to be voted on by the public. The event was part of an initiative by the Community Council to involve as many people in the community as possible in surveys which would allow them to formulate a Community Action Plan which will address the key issues, concerns and priorities as determined by the residents themselves.
Spokesperson for the Coalfields Regeneration Trust, Pauline Grandison explains, “The Community Council with the help of the Council’s Vibrant Communities staff made two previous attempts to carry out surveys in the community with a view to developing an action plan. Unfortunately due to lack of volunteers coming forward to help carry out the surveys the plan never came to fruition. However, we were asked to assist and I am delighted to say that with the help of ACDI we have been able to survey a substantial number of the population and today was all about giving them the chance to view some of the issues which have been identified by residents and also to vote on their preferred groups to receive a share of the money we have made available for development and delivery”.
“We are busy collating the information from the surveys,” she continued, “and the full results will be published in due course. Thereafter we will meet with groups and volunteers to put together the Action Plan and determine who will be the best people to implement it.”
If the turnout of local residents on at the Voting Day is anything to go by then the future looks bright for Auchinleck as adults and children alike enjoyed a cuppa and a breakfast roll while perusing the stalls staffed by the various contenders for the funding available and at the same time adding their comments on what they see as being the priorities for the village over the next few years.