Local people have their say on priorities for Woodburn/ Dalkeith

Thursday October 8th 2015

A community open day will be held in Dalkeith on Saturday October 24 to give local people their say on the priorities for the Woodburn/ Dalkeith area.

Organised by the Coalfields Regeneration Trust and the Woodburn/ Dalkeith Community Futures Steering Group, the event is part of a Coalfields Community Futures Programme which aims to give residents a real say in how their area develops over the next five years.

The open day will give local people the opportunity to hear the results of a community survey (still available to complete at www.midlothian.gov.uk) and to vote on their priorities for the area. They will also help decide how a special budget fund of £40,000 should be spent.  £20,000 has been made available by the Trust, with a further £20,000 awarded by Midlothian Council, to help with the start-up costs of local projects.

The closing date for applications to the fund is Friday October 16. Details are available at www.midlothian.gov.uk or email pauline.grandison@coalfields-regen.org.uk or telephone 01259 272127 for an application form.

The community open day will be held in The Welfare Hall, 27 St Andrew’s Street, Dalkeith on October 24. There will be face painting for the kids, music provided by a choir from Dalkeith High School, free sandwiches and refreshments and information on local services. It is a drop in session, and all local residents are welcome to attend any time between 11am and 2pm.

Midlothian Council’s cabinet member for economic development, Councillor Jim Bryant, said that the Council is delighted to be providing its backing for the project.  “This is a great opportunity for residents to play their part in shaping their area’s future,” said councillor Bryant.  “The discussions taking place at the open day will ensure that the action plan fully reflects local priorities.”

Nicky Wilson, Scottish trustee of the Coalfields Regeneration Trust added: “This is a golden opportunity for the people of Woodburn to grasp the future with both hands and to make sure that they are a local area which is a better place to live, work and visit.  I wish them every success with this exciting initiative.”

The Coalfields Regeneration Trust encourages small voluntary, charitable and other organisations to expand their scope, build new partnerships and tackle more ambitious projects. The programme has made a huge difference in almost 20 mining areas in Scotland already, with the communities involved drawing up, and implementing, 5-year action plans for their areas.

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