Results in for Dalmellington survey
A household survey in Dalmellington, Bellsbank and Burnton has revealed the issues that most concern local people and what they think should be done to make things better in the future. As part of the Community Futures exercise to prepare a Dalmellington Community Action Plan, 500 survey responses were received from across the community, and interviews and focus group meetings were held to make sure everyone had a chance to have their say.
The Community Futures Steering Group stated "We had a fantastic response to the survey, which goes to show the interest that local people here have in their own community. The results of the survey are extremely interesting - some things we expected to hear, but there are some surprises in there too! We would urge all residents of Bellsbank, Dalmellington and Burnton to come along on Saturday 1st October to see the results for themselves."
The Community Futures Steering Group is holding a Community Open day on Saturday 1st October, at which the results of the Survey will be on display. The Open Day runs from 12 - 4pm in Dalmellington Community Centre, and there will be plenty of opportunity for people to contribute their views once they have seen what others said in the Survey and the Interviews.
There will be activities for children, community groups' displays, presentations by the local schools, a programme of local entertainment, Dalmellington Junior Band and free refreshments. Everyone will have the chance to vote for their priority projects and actions before the Community Action Plan is finalised.
The project is being supported and funded by the Coalfields Regeneration Trust, through their Coalfields Community Futures Programme. Dalmellington is one of only three ex-mining communities in Scotland to be selected by the Coalfields Regeneration Trust to participate in the Programme, which not only provides support to produce a Community Action Plan, but also a "seedcorn" pot of funding to the value of £30,000 which will enable some of the community's priorities to get off the ground. Local employment has already been created through the project, as a local person is being paid to assist the volunteers on the Steering Group, with support and guidance from the Small Town and Rural Development Group consultancy.