Barrhill CIC Engages Creetown Initiative Project Officer

Barrhill Community Interest Company has engaged a project officer from Creetown Initiative for one year to develop a range of projects in Barrhill, South Ayrshire. Barrhill is a small village, with a population of 350, situated roughly mid-way between Newton Stewart and Girvan, on the main route up to Ayr and, Glasgow. The village benefits from a railway station, a shop, bus links, a primary school and a newly redeveloped play park.

Barrhill Community Interest Company was formed in 2008 and aims to:

  • provide first-class community facilities and activities within Barrhill, South Ayrshire, Scotland
  • promote sustainable energy generation and conservation within our homes, businesses and community buildings
  • improve the appearance of our village and countryside
  • develop local business and access to employment
  • develop the transport infrastructure for our area
  • establish a network of paths and trails

Creetown Initiative will be working with Barrhill CIC to establish a list of priority projects to revitalise the village, provide opportunities for local people and draw visitors to the area. For other community development projects we have carried out, please click here.

Design Work for Ballantrae

Creetown Initiative has created some design work for Ballantrae Trust, to promote their youth Easter programme of activities and events. Ballantrae Trust, in association with Adventure Carrick, Girvan Community Sport Hub, Ayrshire Rural Touring Network and Elizabeth Tindal Freelance Ranger, is co-ordinating and promoting an exciting programme of events for young people aged 3 – 17. It is part of the Year of Young People 2018 national celebrations.

Big, Bright and Bold

With a broad selection of outdoor adventure activities, theatre events, sports, science-based activities, expeditions and mountain biking on offer, we decided to go big, bright and bold with our design theme! We created a booklet style leaflet and vibrant poster, which should appeal to young people and their parents – or at the very least, catch their eye to read further and find out more!

Creetown Initiative has carried out poster, leaflet, brochure, logo, flyer and corporate design work in-house for home-based projects, as well as for clients and external community organisations. Please contact us if you are interested in finding out more about our design services.

Portfolio of Projects

The Easter Programme of events for young people in Ballantrae is part of Ballantrae Trust’s developing portfolio of projects for the whole community, businesses and also for visitors and tourists. Some of their projects include the Smugglers’ Festival, the Ballantrae Festival of Food and Drink on 9th and 10th June 2018 and the redevelopment of the play park and recreation area.

Kirkmichael Community Action Plan

Creetown Initiative has been engaged to develop a Community Action for Kirkmichael, on behalf of Kirkmichael Community Council. Kirkmichael is a parish 8 miles north of Dumfries with a population of around 683 and the two main population areas are Nethermill and Parkgate. Kirkmichael is entitled to wind farm benefit funds and we are creating a robust Community Action Plan to research, analyse and draw up a plan to report the best ways to use these funds to improve the community and local area.

For information about other community action plans we have carried out, please click here, or contact us.

Kirkcudbright Development Trust – Multi-stranded Community Projects

Creetown Initiative has been working with the newly formed Kirkcudbright Development Trust to develop a series of community projects, aiming to provide opportunities for residents and improve the local economy of Kirkcudbright. We landed the contract at the end of 2015 and are pleased with how Kirkcudbright Development Trust are really beginning to establish their community engagement via the development of multi-stranded community projects.


Johnston School

A key project has been the redevelopment of the former Johnston School into a community activity and resource centre that will provide a range of services and facilities to will benefit the community as a whole. It will:

  • have multiple spaces for multiple uses and user groups, including community groups, childcare providers and education and training programme providers
  • attract businesses to set up or relocate into the building, bringing trade and economic benefits into the town
  • have a youth work wing that is accessible to all local young people, with appropriate facilities and services to enable local youngsters to flourish and meet their full potential. The newly established Kirkcudbright Youth Project will relocate here
  • provide an information and contact point for Police Scotland to operate out of
  • provide a venue for a Galloway Dark Skies Visitor Centre.

Check back in the coming months to find out the progress that has been made to secure funds and develop this exciting project further.


Dark Skies Visitor Centre

Dark Skies Visitor Centre will attract both the serious astronomer and those who have more of a Sci-Fi interest. The Johnston School is situated at the head of major road that leads to the Dark Skies Park and we believe that as well as providing a tourist attraction for Kirkcudbright, we will also act as promotional vehicle that helps push more people north into the Dark Skies Park. This will benefit the communities situated in the Dark Skies Park area, and Dumfries and Galloway in general. In the plans there is a small scale planetarium, interactive exhibits and we are helping the Trust to work with the Glasgow Science Centre to ensure Kirkcudbright Dark Skies Experience is outstanding.


Silvercraigs Caravan Park

We have been working with the Trust to initiate the community take over of the Silvercraigs Caravan park, which was formerly council run. The park is now under a service level agreement with Dumfries and Galloway Council and a core group of volunteers from the Development Trust have been working hard to make improvements to the site, including upgrading the electric hook ups to 16amps, installing heating in the toilets, installing free wifi and general tidying and improvements.


Kirkcudbright Youth Project

Three new part time youth workers have been employed by Kirkcudbright Development Trust since March 2017 and they are being line managed by the Creetown Initiative Senior Youth Worker to develop youth provision in Kirkcudbright. After a few months of consultations and detached (street) youth work, a weekly youth project began in May 2017 and runs term time on Wednesday nights, currently in the Scout Hall, for young people p6 – S1 (juniors) 6pm – 7:30pm, and S2 – S6 or age 17 (seniors) 7:30pm – 9pm.

TGB Gatehouse

TGB Gatehouse is a church based organisation in Gatehouse of Fleet, which provides activity groups, including the arts, for primary aged children. The group now proposes to extend the scope of their activities and promote social justice through volunteering and intergenerational contacts and have engaged the services of Creetown Initiative.

We are delighted to be working with this inspirational group in their quest to appoint volunteers, empower individuals and provide support and learning opportunities for all sections of the community, including those who are disadvantaged. Specifically, Creetown Initiative will be working with the Volunteer Co-ordinator to develop a funding strategy and business plan.

Stranraer and Loch Ryan

Creetown Initiative Wins Stranraer BID (Business Improvement District) Contract

Creetown Initiative wins contract to co-ordinate the development of the Stranraer BID.

“We are delighted to have been chosen by the Stranraer BID Steering Group to work with them to deliver the BID (Business Improvement District). We see the BID as an exciting opportunity for Stranraer,  one which will complement the improvements and developments being worked on by the statutory agencies and bring the business community and public sector together for the good of the town. If successful the Stranraer BID will be the first in Dumfries & Galloway, leading the way for other towns in the region to follow suit.”

Andrew Ward, Manager, Creetown Initiative.


About the Stranraer BID

Working with the Stranraer BID Steering Group, BIDs Scotland and Dumfries & Galloway Council, we have been contracted to co-ordinate the development of the Stranraer BID over a fourteen month period leading up to the ballot next year. The Stranraer BID is the first to be developed in Dumfries & Galloway.


What is a BID (Business Improvement District)?

A BID is a business-led initiative where businesses in a defined area work together and vote to invest collectively in local improvements over and above those provided by statutory authorities. It is a partnership arrangement where the local business community and the statutory authorities work together on projects that will benefit the local economy and local businesses.

BID’s are developed, managed and paid for by the business sector, by means of a compulsory BID levy which businesses within the BID area must vote in favour of before the BID can be established. Each business liable to contribute to the BID will be able to vote on whether or not the BID goes ahead.

Through consultation a range of projects and services are agreed and a business plan developed. This is then put to a democratic vote involving all the eligible businesses in the proposed BID area.

The BID Concept was developed over 40 years ago in Canada ; local businesses were coming under increasing pressure from new out of town shopping centres and with towns suffering from too many vacant units and lack of investment , the local business community came together to form the first BID. The targeted investment from funds raised paid off. This model has now been copied in towns and cities across the world.

The benefits to levy payers can be found on several levels, ultimately all the projects that will be undertaken in Stranraer will make the town a more attractive place, with the overarching aim to increase footfall in the town centre. In addition the benefits of businesses having a united voice, to champion the cause for the business community, is another key a advantage in a period of great change for Stranraer.


Our Role

As the BID Co-ordinator to develop and deliver a BID Proposal and BID Ballot in accordance with the Planning etc. (Scotland) act 2006 (Business Improvement District Levy) Order 2007 and Business Improvement Districts (Scotland) Regulations 2007 for the benefit of Stranraer.

Creetown Initiative is working with the Steering Group to:

  • carry out consultations with the business community
  • define the BID area
  • Establish a Baseline Service Level agreement with Dumfries and Galloway Council and Police Scotland
  • produce the BID proposal
  • produce the BID business plan
  • devise and deliver a positive marketing and communications strategy
  • manage and undertake a period of campaign activity in the BID area to encourage a successful BID Ballot result