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Old Luce Development Trust

Area of Operation:

Parish of Old Luce
South West (Ayrshire, Dumfries & Galloway)


How We Started

The company was formed in response to a community consultation undertaken in 2015, aimed at engaging the whole community to identify ways to improve the social and economic outcomes within the Parish. The impetus was the community benefits from the surrounding wind farm developments.

What We Do

The community consultation identified significant socio-economic issues within the parish: ageing population; large wealth disparity; high youth unemployment; loss of services and transport conections; and increasing social disengagement. In addition there were clear common concerns of residents, not least the dilapidated state of the built environment; declining employment opportunities; and a need for community spaces where people can congregate. With these in mind the Trust has set priorities aimed at addressing these concerns, as well as fostering greater community cohesion and engagement.

The OLDT was founded with a set of clear objects that provide scope to invest in the community to build opportunities, and develop capacity to improve the social, built and natural environments. The Trust is looking to maximise local input, and draw on local skills in order to 'pay back' into our communities.

Our objects of the OLDT are:

1) The advancement of community development, including the advancement of rural regeneration;
2) The provision of recreational facilities, or the organisation of recreational activities, with the object of improving the conditions of life for the persons for whom facilities or activities are primarily intended;
3) The advancement of citizenship, as a sub-set within the wider charitable purpose of the advancement of community development;
4) The advancement of environmental protection or environmental improvements
5) The advancement of the arts, heritage, culture or sciences.

Our Future Plans

The community consultation has provided a number of projects on which the Trust is working to implement, in addition thaere has been further community forums, cementing a clear set of projects that are seen as 'areas of action' by residents. The list below are simply some of the projects identified, they are indicative.

- Development of vacant land into community garden/square

- Community Hub

- Improved communications

- Cafe/food provision in Glenluce

- Improvements to footpaths/gardens/public spaces

- Public amenities in recreational parks

- Foster employment opportunities, and look to develop commercial spaces for small businesses

- Restore/improve neglected public spaces

Contact Details

Michael Lane

mikeandree [at] gmail [dot] com

Last Updated: Thu, 28/07/2016 - 09:17