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.

Ballantrae Trust Engages Creetown Initiative Project Officer

Creetown Initiative is pleased to be working with the newly formed Ballantrae Trust as their Project Officer, for the next 9 months. Ballantrae is a lovely coastal town located in South Ayrshire, with views across to the Ailsa Craig, Northern Ireland and the Isle of Arran.

Exciting Portfolio of Projects

The Ballantrae Trust was formed from the local development group and we will be helping the trust to take forward their exciting portfolio of projects. 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.

For other community redevelopment projects we have carried out, please click here.

 

£1.44m Secured For Johnston School, Kirkcudbright

Creetown Initiative has successfully secured £180,000 from The Robertson Trust on behalf of Kirkcudbright Development Trust for the redevelopment of Johnston School in Kirkcudbright, taking the current funding total up to £1.44million! Other funders for this community-centred project include The Big Lottery, Heritage Lottery Fund, The Holywood Trust, Dumfries and Galloway Council and Historic Council.

Community Activity and Resource Centre

The former Johnston School was closed in 2009 when the new Kirkcudbright Primary School opened. Exciting plans will see the redevelopment of Johnston School into a community activity and resource centre, with many different elements designed to provide facilities and opportunities for the whole community. This includes a youth work wing, Police Scotland contact space, childcare venue, business/office spaces, general room/venue hire for community groups and organisations and also a state of the art Dark Skies Visitor Centre.

Click here for more information about the redevelopment of Johnston School.

Coldstream Community Action Plan

Since March 2016 we have been working on developing a new Community Action Plan for the community of Coldstream, in the Scottish Borders.  The plan is being designed to provide a researched, up-to-date understanding of Coldstream, and to propose appropriate actions for improvement and regeneration within six broad fields: Tourism, Retail, Industry, Young Families, the Elderly and Community Capacity.

Vibrant Community

Coldstream has a vibrant community and fascinating history, with over 60 community groups.

Photo credit: Jason Patient

The town is roughly midway in journey time between Edinburgh and Newcastle upon Tyne and on one of only five arterial roads crossing the length of the Scottish-English border. Coldstream is centre to a surrounding agriculturally fertile and historic region. Following doscussions in 2016, Coldstream Community Trust and Coldstream and District Community Council, formed a steering group. With four representatives from each committee, the group guided the production of a new new community action plan, for which, we have been engaged.

Please click here for examples of other community action plans.