Launch of Tullibody Community Development Trust
Tullibody Action Group relaunched as a Community Development Trust.
Just over a year ago Tullibody Action Group was established to Save Tullibody Public Park. Our aim was to safe guard Tullibody Public Park from future development and protect our community space. We want to ensure that Tullibody, Cambus & Glenochil has the community facilities that it needs and deserves as our population reaches nearly 10,000. Our local community will be aware that plans are now in place for the new South Campus and it is our intention is to compliment these plans and provide additional facilities and services from a redeveloped Civic space.
We have been working with The Development Trust Association Scotland (DTAS) and secured funding to employ an independent consultant to assist us in developing a Vision Document. On Tuesday the 12th of September we elected a board of trustees, 8 in number and have applied for a Scottish Land Fund grant and Awards for All funding to continue our development of a full feasibility study, develop a business plan and conduct in depth research into the requirements of community land and facility ownership. We are fortunate to be supported by Lynne Molleson of the Community Ownership Support Service who is working with us to keep us on track with the processes involved and assisting us with our liaison with Clackmannanshire Council. CTSI are also providing support and guidance.
We are now in the process of applying to become a Scottish Charity SCIO and we have submitted an Expression of Interest to Clackmannanshire Council for potential community ownership of the park and Civic Centre and surrounding plot. We welcome local residents to join Tullibody Community Development Trust as members and keep up to date with our progress and consultation with the community. Membership is free. Local organisations and clubs who have already signed up include Tullibody Wrestlers, Tullibody Community Football Team, our local Parent & Toddlers Group, and Tullibody Walking Football Group who are all current users of the Civic Centre. We hope the other Civic Centre user groups will also join us.
In the next few weeks we’ll be visiting other centres where the local community has taken ownership of previously Council owned premises including Twechar Action Project on the 30th September. Tullibody Action Group chairperson Lynsey McKinley stated at the AGM “we have come a long way since we started as a campaigning group and I believe we know have the right people with the skill sets in place to take this Trust forward.”
Secretary Janet Gowran added, “we are only beginning this new journey, we have so much to learn, explore and ensure our community is fully consulted along the way. We have developed our website to keep the community up to date with our plans and events and welcome new members.” Our website can be found at: http://tullibody.org/tcdt/ or individuals can email the Secretary at: firstname.lastname@example.org for further information or a membership form. Membership forms are also available at the Civic Centre and Tullibody Healthy Living office in Tron Court.
Launch of Tullibody Community Development Trust photograph taken in Abercromby Park with the Civic Centre in the background. Photo enhancement credit to Brian Smith – http://ibriphoto.com/
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