Making Falkland and Newton’s Future Community Links: Event on 15 November

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Making Falkland and Newton's Future Community Links: Event on 15 November


Falkland and Newton of Falkland Community Council are holding a Co-Design Studio as part of the Making Falkland and Newton’s Future Community Links project on Thursday 15th November 2018. There will be workshops to discuss, sketch and test ideas and everyone with an interest in both villages is very welcome. The workshops will be an opportunity to share your ideas on improving walking and cycling routes, and key streets and spaces, within both villages.

At the successful Launch Event on 6th October, the following recurring issues were identified and these will be explored further on 15th November:

  • Vehicle parking making pavements inaccessible
  • Speeding vehicles through villages
  • Difficulty for mobility scooters to move around villages
  • Difficulty in accessing bus stops
  • Problems with visibility at certain road junctions

A workshop held in Falkland Primary School on 30th October, explained the project to schoolchildren, and the resulting thoughts from them included:

  • The importance of being able to access the local woods and hills to play in
  • Problems of cars parking where they shouldn’t be parked
  • Problems of cars speeding through the village
  • Difficulties for cyclists on some of the roads

Falkland and Newton of Falkland Community Council (FNFCC) secured funding from the Scottish Government through Sustrans Scotland’s Community Links programme to develop plans to improve key streets and paths in both villages.  The project will encourage local residents and the business community to share their ideas to improve walking and cycling routes, connections to public transport, traffic management, parking and traffic speeds.

FNFCC have appointed a team comprising Austin-Smith:Lord (landscape architects, architects, conservation architects), Transport Planning Ltd, WAVEparticle (community facilitators, public arts), Baker Hicks (engineers), Neilson Partnership (cost consultants) and Icosse (heritage researchers) to work with the local community and key stakeholders to prepare plans for both villages.

The events planned for 15th November will be used to discuss, sketch and test ideas for the Community Links project and the programme for the day includes:

Programme of Events in Falkland Community Hall – 12pm to 8.30pm

12.00pm to 3.00pm                 Co-Design Studio

3.00pm to 4.00pm                   Show & Tell – Work in Progress Review

4.30pm to 7.00pm                   Co-Design Studio

7.00pm to 8.00pm                   Show & Tell – Work in Progress Review

Programme of Events in Newton of Falkland Village Hall – 4.30pm to 6.30pm

4.30pm to 6.00pm                   Co-Design Studio

6.00pm to 6.30pm                   Show & Tell – Work in Progress Review





About Sustrans:
Sustrans is the charity making it easier for people to walk and cycle. We connect people and places, create liveable neighbourhoods, transform the school run and deliver a happier, healthier commute.

Making Falkland + Newton’s Community Links has been funded by the Scottish Government, through Sustrans Scotland’s Community Links programme.

About Sustrans Scotland’s Community Links Programme:
Community Links is funded by Scottish Government and delivered by Sustrans Scotland in partnership with local authorities, statutory bodies and educational institutions for the creation of walking and cycling infrastructure for everyday journeys.  Since 2010 the programme has funded more than 500 projects across Scotland.

 About Making Falkland’s and Newton’s Future charrette:
The charrette was carried out in March and April of 2018 which was an intensive and collaborative plan-making process over several days.  The charrette was facilitated by a multi-disciplinary design team in collaboration with Falkland and Newton of Falkland’s Community Council.  The charrette was funded by Scottish Government’s Making Places Initiative Programme for community led design charrettes.