New funding stream for Alyth – make your voice heard

Alyth could soon be profiting from the nearby Welton of Creuchies Windfarm, via the 15% stake held by the Airlie Street Hall Development Trust (ASHDT).  

ASDHT – established in 2017 as a community benefit fund under the Scottish Government’s Energy Strategy – is holding a public consultation to help decide how best to use the new income from the windfarm.  Based on what the community of Alyth says during the consultation, ASHDT will manage and invest the income from its stake in the windfarm to help the community realise its ambitions.

ASHDT has asked Scene, an Edinburgh-based community energy consultancy, to carry out the consultation, and two events have been organised in April so that local people can make their voices heard and raise issues and priorities that the investment plan could tackle.

Both events are scheduled for 22 April, starting with a drop-in session from 2pm to 6pm, followed by a community investment planning workshop from 7pm till 8pm.  Both events will be in the Airlie Street Hall.  There will also be an online community feedback meeting later on a date to be confirmed.

As well as the events, ASHDT and Scene have also set up an online survey here:  https://bit.ly/3wGD5kb where you can contribute your ideas and sign up to be kept informed.

If you’d like to know more about how community benefit funds work and what the good practice principles are, the Scottish Government has published a webpage with much more detail:  https://www.gov.scot/publications/scottish-government-good-practice-principles-community-benefits-onshore-renewable-energy-developments/

Community Action Plan gets back on track

The Community Action Plan launch event that had to be cancelled in December due to covid restrictions is now firmly back on the schedule for Saturday 26 March. Join the team for tea and cakes between 2pm and 4pm in the Airlie Street Hall to find out more about what the Plan proposes, and especially to see how you could get involved and turn it into reality! There’s lots of detail and ideas to explore on the new dedicated CAP website at https://alyth.online/cap/

Save the date in your diaries now, and we look forward to seeing you on 26 March!

What’s next for the CAP – events upcoming

Unfortunately, the Community Action Plan (CAP) launch event scheduled for 18 December had to be cancelled due to the stricter pandemic rules.  Undaunted by this temporary setback, the CAP Steering Group is delighted to announce that it’s all systems go again to get the CAP up and running, with an online event planned for 18 February and an in-person event on 26 March in the Airlie Street Hall.  Look out for more details of these over the coming weeks.

Over the past 10 months, Alyth residents really came forward to be heard and we had an inspiring response to our Community Action Planning surveys and activities.  The events coming up in February and March are being designed to give the whole community the chance to learn more about what came out of those surveys and activities, and to get involved in turning the many wonderful ideas into reality.

In the previous post, below, you will find the poster that summarises all the great ideas and suggestions that you put forward.  Scan the QR code on the poster with your phone or search alyth.online in your browser to find out more on our new website.  You can get in touch by emailing cap@alyth.online and let us know which of the proposed projects interests you.  And keep an eye out for the posters that tell the story of our action plan as they go up around the town.

CAP Launch and Christmas Market postponed

As a result of the new covid guidelines and restrictions announced yesterday, we’ve regretfully decided to postpone the CAP Launch and Christmas Market planned for this Saturday, 18 December. It’s sad news, but we want to play our part in keeping everyone as safe as possible. Keep an eye open for a rescheduled date in the New Year.

Successful AGM

We had a great AGM last night, with attendees from all across Alyth. If you weren’t able to join us, don’t worry – you can still download the AGM papers here: https://lovealyth.org.uk/about-alyth-development-trust/annual-general-meeting-2021/, including the minutes of the 2020 AGM, the 2020/21 annual accounts, and a review of the year’s activities. We hope you enjoy it!

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