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Kirknewton Community Development Trust Ltd

Area of Operation:

Kirknewton Community Council area (West Lothian)
Edinburgh & South East (Lothian, Borders)

Established:
2006
Population:
2,300
Number of Staff:
2

How We Started

Kirknewton Community Development Trust (KCDT) was established by the community council. A key player in the formation of the environmental justice movement, the community successfully campaigned against the proposed expansion of a local landfill site after discovering that its owners; City of Edinburgh Council did not have planning permission for the original site. After a lengthy legal battle, the council was eventually forced to pay compensation and the KCDT was set up to utilise this for the community benefit.

What We Do

MEMBERSHIP LED
The Kirknewton Community Development Trust aim to improve the lives of everyone in Kirknewton. Members have to be over the age of 16, living in the Kirknewton area and membership is per individual, not household. 

WHO WE ARE
KCDT was founded in 2006 and after a recent ‘health check’ by the Big Lottery Scotland were described as a good example of an ‘anchor organisation’. We are members of the Development Trust Association of Scotland and registered with the charity regulator OSCR. Our purposes are the prevention or relief of poverty, the advancement of education, the advancement of citizenship or community development, the advancement of environmental protection or improvement.

THE BOARD
The current members of the KCDT Board are local volunteers Chair Stewart McKenna, Vice Chair Martin Hall, Secretary Hugh Hunter Gordon, Kenny Birch, Vic Garrad, Pat Hastings. 

THE STAFF
Chief Executive Officer is Tony Foster, Youth and Volunteer Co-ordinator Jennifer Ba.

PROJECTS

Community Engagement
Community engagement underpins everything we do. KCDT conduct the community consultation and produce the Kirknewton Development Plan every five years.

We received approximately £80,000 from Big Lottery Scotland to develop our first community consultation and business plan for a anaerobic digestor and £250,000 to develop our plan for 2012-2015. We have received another £150,000 from the Big Lottery to help us move towards a more sustainable future, following the rejection of the Fauch Hill windfarm.

Zero Energy Eco Building The Green Room
KCDT built the Green Room – an eco friendly zero energy building. The building was funded by Leader with a £120,000 grant and £40,000 KCDT funds. 

Zero Energy Housing for the Elderly, Hydro and Wind Projects
We recently were successful in getting £60,000 from Scottish Land Fund to purchase land at Camps Junction East and this was topped up by £15,000 from KCDT funds to pay for the total purchase price of £75,000 from West Lothian Council. We intend to build zero energy homes for the elderly to rent. 

We co-ordinated several communities to benefit from hydro opportunities across the Forestry Commission Estate and received £40,000 from Cares to do feasibility studies on each site. The recent Department of Environment and Climate Change announcement on feed in tariff rates and pre accreditation of schemes has now made each site currently uneconomic to develop.

KCDT negotiated the best wind farm deal in Scotland, for community benefit and investment, at Fauch Hill. Read about it here. Despite over 63% support for the scheme, based on an independent survey, the local authority and then the Scottish Government rejected the scheme. Kirknewton lost £100,000 a year in community benefit alone. We currently have an interest in a windfarm based at Camilty and recently Fauch Hill have announced they plan to make an application for the site for 14 turbines rather than 23.

KCDT received CCF in 2009/2010 for the Powerdown Project. Because of that project there is a high level of awareness of renewable technology within our community, a new site for allotments was established, over 200 homes had energy visits with some improving their insulation, installing solar panels and wood burning boilers and there was a general awareness programme for improving your carbon footprint. This included significant food waste collection trials that were extended beyond the last CCF project by additional funds provided by the local authority for information on waste collected from each household. Activities also built social cohesion and volunteering which continues to this day.

Our Assets

  • The Green Room
  • Camps Junction land

Our Future Plans

We recently were successful in getting £60,000 from Scottish Land Fund to purchase land at Camps Junction East and this was topped up by £15,000 from KCDT funds to pay for the total purchase price of £75,000 from West Lothian Council. We intend to build zero energy homes for the elderly to rent. 

We are working on a number of major art projects locally and a zero energy sports pavilion with the local authority.

Contact Details

Tony Foster
CEO

Tel:
01506883988
Email:
tonykirknewton [at] gmail [dot] com
Website:

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Last Updated: Tue, 20/12/2016 - 12:32