The Community Development Trust Steering Group came together in 2007. It developed a consensus that the town needs an organisation which takes a strategic view, identifies needs and takes on projects which no one else is pursuing. The trust aims to fill this gap. From the beginning, we have adopted a number of principles: - Reinforce success. Where something is going well, support it. - Look for partners and allies. Cooperate rather than criticise. - Find new talent. Try to draw in people with ideas and energy who were not inspired by any other local activities.
We recently completed a Town Centre Study to provide us with a Community Action Plan. This is being progressed alongside a community facility project and a component part of the wider restoration of Castlebank, a local park.