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Rosewell Development Trust

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Edinburgh & South East (Lothian, Borders)

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How We Started

Rosewell Development Trust was set up in 2010 to secure the long term social, economic and environmental sustainability of the Rosewell community.
The Development Trust is supported by over 350 members, over 120 registered volunteers, 20 core volunteers and led by a Board of Trustees that are all local to the area. Since 2010, we have development a strong community consultation programme. First, working with Development Trust Association Scotland when we received funding from Awards for All to carry out a full community consultation to gather feedback from all members of the community on what they would like to see introduced into the Community. At first, we predicted a response rate of 10% but were excited to discover it was actually over 20%. This response shows how supportive our community is of the project to develop a fit for purpose community facility in our ever-expanding community.

Since then, we regularly consult our community through our engagement projects every quarter and use the ‘Planning for Real’ tool when supporting the work of the Rosewell Neighbourhood Plan 2015 – 2020. Our consultations give our community the opportunity to tell us what we’re doing right, what they’ve enjoyed, what they would like to see introduced or improved.
Since April 2013, Fiona has delivered the Community Engagement, Volunteer and Employability projects all made possible with funding from The Scottish Government, The Robertson Trust and Voluntary Action Fund. Fiona can be contacted between 10 – 4, Monday to Friday within the Rosewell Resource Centre, 85 Carnethie Street.

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What We Do

Our community engagement projects involve the development and creation of groups, workshops and training that community members and volunteers can access to either socialise with others in the community, learn new skills through our voluntary and training opportunities, access CV and career guidance and encourage our children and young people to take an active role in learning and planning for their future as well as being involved in community events.

We aim to create a much needed hub in the centre of the village to improve social interaction which has decreased considerably in the past couple of decades. We need a place for people to meet casually, and a village centre, in order to revive and secure a sense of community.
Rosewell Development Trust works in partnership with many local and national partners including Rosewell and District Community Council, Midlothian Council, Castle Rock Edinvar, Zenith SAS, Pendrich and the local Primary and Secondary Schools. We work closely with The Crown Estate through the development of our woodland projects and also our Community Hub project. Through this partnership working we successfully negotiated with The Crown Estate the transfer of the derelict Rosewell Mains Steading site to RDT.

Our aim is to obtain funding to develop this site and build a community hub taking into account the community’s needs, where locals and visitors can meet, with a good quality cafĂ©/restaurant, arts and crafts, local produce markets, and fit for purpose activity space.

With tailored support from Development Trusts Association Scotland (DTAS), our Community Consultation took place in April/May 2013. In total, the return rate of 171 (over 22.5% - our initial target was 10%) questionnaires was and is very encouraging, this more than doubles the number of local people who engaged in previous Rosewell consultations and underlines the significant progress we have made to date. This consultation is now being used as part of a strategy to develop the Rosewell Neighbourhood Plan. Midlothian Council, RDT, Rosewell & District Community Council and the Rosewell Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group are working together to represent and further consult the community on local matters.

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Our Future Plans

Way back in 2010, when we set up RDT, one of the first tasks we set ourselves was to create a fit for purpose Community Hub for all our residents so they could benefit from and enjoy all the facilities a Hub could offer. What we didn’t know then was how challenging a task this would be to deliver!
Six years later, we continue to strive to reach our dream. It may not look like it but over these past six years we have achieved a lot.

It took three years of hard negotiations with The Crown Estate but eventually they agreed to gift us the old Steading sit in the heart of the village, the ideal location on which to develop our new Hub.
This was a major achievement as this was the first time ever in Scotland the Crown had agreed to such a deal. Since gaining the land we have carried out all the necessary surveys required, gained outline planning permission for the site, carried out a feasibility study for the build, prepared a cost analysis for the building and are now in the process of applying for the £2.1m funding we require to build our Community Hub.

It has been a long and often difficult process which, without the help of our many Advisors, we would not have been able to reach the stage we are at, so, a big THANKYOU to them for their support.
We are edging ever close, so stick with us and together we will deliver our dream of a new Community Hub for the people of Rosewell.

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Contact Details

Fiona Inglis
Community Engagement Manager

0131 629 9398
info [at] rdtrosewell [dot] org [dot] uk

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Last Updated: Tue, 21/02/2017 - 15:20