Apply now for community projects funding

photo of sunrise from Alyth Hill

One week to go till the next deadline for applications to our Community Projects Fund, distributing the community benefit funds Alyth receives from the operators of the Tullymurdoch Windfarm. If you have a big project for making Alyth even better, there could be a grant of up to £2000 waiting for you to help make it happen. Fill in the application form here: https://lovealyth.org.uk/…/alyth-community-projects-fund by next Monday (15 January) and we’ll do the rest. Applications are judged by an independent panel drawn from across the community, and they’re looking for more members now. You’ll be expected to read and consider applications to the Fund and discuss/approve them at quarterly meetings. For more info, email treasurer@lovealyth.org.uk

Happy New Year – hoping to see you in 2023!

Happy New Year to all our members and to the whole community of Alyth! We’ve got an exciting 2023 ahead of us with several projects on course to make big strides forward. Why not find out more and get involved? Our next board meeting is scheduled for this coming Monday, 9 January, via Zoom and starting at 7.00pm. Send us a message and we’ll send you the login details – you would be very welcome!

Alyth skateboarders to get their own park

Skateboarders in Alyth can look forward to an exciting 2023 now that a working group set up by Alyth Development Trust has identified a suitable site for a brand-new skatepark in the town.

The working group has selected the unused site on the banks of the Alyth Burn behind the recycling point on Mill Street and is submitting a planning application to Perth & Kinross Council (PKC) this month.    

At the same time, the working group intends to start consultations with the community of Alyth on the detailed plans, aiming to order equipment and begin preparing the site for installation in the first part of 2023.

Total funding for this first phase is £40k for site preparation and purchase of equipment and installations.  Two thirds of the money is coming from the Scottish Government’s Community Led Local Development Fund and the remainder from Alyth Development Trust’s funding from Temporis Ltd, the operators of the Tullymurdoch Windfarm.

The Mill Street site has been lying derelict and unused for many years, but is thought to be ideal for the proposed skatepark, with plenty of room for a variety of equipment, good access and close to the centre of town.  Currently PKC-owned, the site is to be transferred to community ownership as part of the project.

Photo shows (l-r) Working Group members Grant Train (chair of Alyth Community Council), Laura Rodger (director of ADT) and Angus Gray, on the site of the proposed skatepark.

ADT director and leader of the working group Laura Rodger said:  “Alyth’s young people have wanted a skatepark for a long time, and our Community Action Plan last year reflected this by including it as a priority project.  We believe this site is ideal for a skatepark and we’re excited about securing planning approval and then working with the community, especially Alyth’s young people, on turning the dream into reality next year.”

Angus Gray, an experienced skater on the working group, commented:  “I joined the working group to help bring a skate park to Alyth as it adds something missing and helps encourage people, young and old, to try something new.  It also adds to Alyth’s wheeled sports facilities.  We have the downhill track for ‘off-road’, so why not have a place for more urban sports?”

George Annan of Alyth Youth Partnership said:  “It’s something young people have been asking for for a long time. I am personally delighted that the working group have taken it forward to make it happen.”

Early Christmas present for Alyth with new Jubilee Park funding

Alyth is celebrating an early Christmas present with almost £24,000 of extra funding now confirmed for the Jubilee Park, allowing new benches and play equipment to be installed in over the coming months.

The Jubilee Park Working Group has secured grants of £10,000 from SSEN Transmission’s Drumderg Windfarm, £8,000 from Perth & Kinross Council’s Community Investment Fund, and almost £5,000 from Alyth Development Trust. 

The funding comes on top of more than £50,000 already raised and invested in building the new multi-user path around the Park, which was opened earlier this year.

Two new benches have already been installed along the new path using the latest funding, and they will be joined soon by three wheelchair-friendly picnic benches.  A hammock-swing has also been ordered for installation early next year, and the Working Group are now investigating the purchase of outdoor gym equipment.

Working Group chair Steven Boath (pictured above with Group members on one of the newly-installed benches) commented:  “This is a massive boost to our plans to make the Jubilee Park an even a greater asset for the community.  

“Better facilities for everyone to enjoy the Park, and especially more attractions for children, were highlighted in both our community consultation on the Park and the Community Action Plan last year and it’s great to see things actually taking shape on the ground,” he added.

REMINDER: Our AGM is confirmed!

It’s at Alyth Town Hall on Thursday 17 November, starting at 7.00pm, open to anyone and everyone with an interest in making Alyth a better place to live and work. Come along on the night and find to what we’re doing, and maybe even join us in the exciting projects we have or are planning. Even better, join us as a member via the form at right – it’s completely free!

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