Unanimous approval for Kinneil proposals

Roman Week is just one great attraction at Kinneil Estate.
Roman Week is just one great attraction at Kinneil Estate.

People in Bo’ness helped lay the foundations for the masterplan for Kinneil Estate – following a month-long consultation.

Now Falkirk Community Trust – which has responsibility for the running and development of the estate – will examine all the responses before drawing up a plan which will steer development of the estate for the next decade.

Lesley O’Hare, speaking to the Journal and Gazette on behalf of the trust this week, said that local residents had a special place in their hearts for the estate, which became even more apparent as the consultation progressed.

She added: “The thorough, month-long public consultation on a masterplan for the estate has now finished and we would like to thank partners, stakeholders and interested individuals who made time to take part.”

The general approval for the master-planning approach and its content is highly encouraging to Falkirk Community Trust, with 100 per cent of online respondents agreeing with its themes, principles, vision and objectives.

There were 573 online visits to the consultation web page during the consultation period.

And more than 50 people contributed – either by attending one of five staffed drop-in events, a public meeting, or responding via online consultation or by email.

Falkirk Community Trust added that it was grateful to Jura Consultants – engaged to consider options for Kinneil House – which gave a presentation at a public meeting in Bo’ness Town Hall on its feasibility study for Kinneil House.

“This work contributed greatly to the overall master- plan and generated a good deal of discussion,” added Lesley.

The Trust will now analyse all the responses carefully before preparing a final draft of the masterplan which will steer short, medium and long-term activity in the estate and inform funding bids and development over the next 10 years.

Falkirk Community Trust is a not-for-profit charitable body which is charged with the management and operation of a wide range of facilities covering sport, leisure and culture across Falkirk District.

Its remit includes the Hippodrome Cinema and Kinneil Estate Museum in Bo’ness, as well as exhibitions, library services, sports centres, country parks, golf courses, outdoor activities, the Polmonthill artificial ski slope and the countryside ranger service.

Support and funding is provided by Falkirk District Council.