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Valley Renewables Group

Area of Operation:

Carron Valley Community Council Ward
Forth Valley (Stirling, Falkirk, Clacks)

Established:
2008
Population:
300 approx.

How We Started

The Valley Renewables Group is the Development Trust for the Carron Valley and District Community Council area of Stirling District' It was formally established 5 years ago after negotiations with a windfarm developer over community development funds. It is a charity (OSCR SCO 3944) and a company limited by guarantee (33821). Our Directors are drawn from the local community and include one appointed by the Community Council. We have just reviewed our past 5 year strategy and produced a development strategy for 2015-2018. Our commitment is to be inclusive, open, accountable and transparent in all our dealings and above all to ensure a lasting legacy of anny community benefit funds available to community.

What We Do

Our activities have included:

 

  • Small grant scheme to support installation of energy efficient and sustainable measures in households
  • Annual Open Days to bring community together and provide information and introduce local services
  • Extensive negotiations with existing and prospective windfarm developers over community benefits
  • Exploring feasibility of a community hub
  • Survey of all households to identify needs and priorities
  • Cost effective bulk oil buying scheme
  • Access to free energy audits by expert consultant
  • Identifying means for enhancing broadband coverage and speeds
  • Development of new website
  • Building partnership with Community Council

Our Assets

  • Community Benefit Fund from windfarm developer

Our Future Plans

Among our future priorities:

 

  • Expanding and diversifying small grant scheme
  • Fostering new community activities and groups
  • Supporting heritage and history society and sponsoring research in this field
  • Improving identification of historic sites and developing paths and signage
  • Supporting educational, sporting,and cultural involvement of community's young people.
  • promoting local businesses and producers
  • Encouraging volunteering in community
  • Reducing local carbon footprint

Contact Details

Barbara Wilson
Secretary

Tel:
01324822717
Email:
bwilsonscotland [at] yahoo [dot] com
Website:

Last Updated: Wed, 12/11/2014 - 16:13