Whitecross future is £25k brighter

050801  Whitecross action group at the pheonix.
050801 Whitecross action group at the pheonix.
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Whitecross has the chance to shape its future with £25,000 funding from a community programme.

The village is one of five former mining areas chosen to take part in the Coalfields Community Futures programme, which helps locals draw up a five-year action plan with £25,000 to get projects off the ground. It is run by the Coalfields Regeneration Trust.

In response, businesses and residents have formed the Whitecross Community Action Group, who are planning to survey every household at the end of August, and the results will form a plan of action for the village.

Mandy Lang, chairwoman of the Action Group, said: “We will be producing a community action plan based on local views – that will set out local priorities for Whitecross over the next five years.

‘‘Our aim will be to use the plan in negotiations with developers, and when we are seeking funding for community projects – it will be important that as many people as possible take part to give the plan some weight.”

Vice-chairman Iain Waters added that locals were enthusiastic about how the money could be invested in the 
village.

Nicky Wilson, Scottish trustee of the Coalfields Regeneration Trust, said: “We believe the Coalfields Community Futures programme is local democracy at its very best.

“We are delighted to welcome Whitecross to the Coalfields Communities Futures Programme. Local people will have a real say in what they would like to see happen to make their area a better place to live, work and visit and we will help them make their vision a reality. “

The initiative is also supported by Falkirk Council, and Whitecross councillor Gordon Hughes said: “Involvement in the Community Futures programme is a wonderful opportunity to create a new vision for Whitecross. The development of local decision making through this project will ensure that the community’s voice will be heard.”