Making Falkland and Newton's Future Community Links: Project Launch Events on 6 October
Falkland and Newton of Falkland Community Council are holding a series of interactive Launch Events for the Making Falkland and Newton’s Future Community Links project on Saturday 6th October 2018. Everyone with an interest in both villages is very welcome. The event marks and celebrates the securing of funding to progress ideas emerging from the Making Falkland and Newton’s Future design charrette.
Falkland and Newton of Falkland Community Council (FNFCC) have 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. Forthcoming events, starting on 6th October, 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.
Events will be held at Falkland Community Hall from 11am until 4pm and Newton of Falkland Village Hall from 12pm until 1.30pm. Weather permitting, there will also be an on-street stall, walking and talking tours and fun activities to help highlight the issues and develop solutions to improve walking and cycling links in both villages.
FNFCC have appointed a team comprising Austin-Smith:Lord along with, 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.
Further events are planned for October and November. These will help identify preferred options and finalise plans to seek funding to construct and implement changes.
Ken Laurie from Falkland and Newton of Falkland Community Council said: “This award will enable the community to translate their vision, voiced over many years, of an inclusive, vibrant and healthy community finally into a reality. All members of the community will be actively involved in all stages of the project to ensure that any changes we make improves the quality of life and well-being of all residents.”
Graham Ross of Austin-Smith:Lord commented, “Securing the Community Links funding from Scottish Government through Sustrans’ programme is great news for Falkland and Newton of Falkland. The recent Making Falkland and Newton’s Future design charrette confirmed a number of vital issues for each village; the need to proactively manage traffic and parking to ensure reduced traffic speeds and significant improvement in access for all. The Community Links programme will focus on projects to create attractive, safe routes and streets to encourage walking and cycling to key destinations including the school, local services, village centres and the countryside.”
Dave Keane, Community Links Manager for Sustrans Scotland said, “We are very pleased to have been able to fund the Community Links project for Falkland and Newton of Falkland. We would encourage anyone with an interest in encouraging walking and cycling in the villages to come along to these events.”
The events planned for 6th October will be used to gather ideas for the Community Links project and include:
Programme of Events in Falkland – 11am to 4pm
11am – 3pm High Street Stall
11am – 4pm Community Hall Drop In Studio
11am and 2.15pm Launch Presentation: 15 mins
11.15am and 2.30pm Transport Walk and Talk Session
Programme of Events in Newton of Falkland – 12 noon to 1.30pm
12 noon Launch Presentation: 15 mins
12.15pm Transport Walk and Talk Session
Sustrans is the charity making it easier for people to walk and cycle. They 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.