Forth’s future will take shape at open day

Ann Anderson...hoping people will come along to open day
Ann Anderson...hoping people will come along to open day

FORTH residents have a golden opportunity to shape their area’s future when the results of the Coalfields Community Futures household survey are unveiled at an Open Day in the Sports and Community Centre this Sunday (January 18) from noon to 3pm.

“We hope as many local people as possible will drop in to have their say on how Forth shapes up over

the next five years,” said Steering Group member Ann Anderson.

“The key issues from the surveys, like Community Facilities, the Village Environment, Cultural Heritage and Sports and Recreation all came up with

proposals for some really interesting projects in each category.

“There was also quite a lot of interest in the White House, which is a landmark building in the village, but is badly in need of renovation.”

Steering Group members will use the public reaction to the survey findings to help them pull together a 5-Year Community Action Plan for Forth and those attending Sunday’s meeting can also vote on which proposals should share the Coalfields Regeneration Trust’s £20,000 participatory budget to get priority projects off the ground.

Entertainment on the day will include music from the Gentle Giants Festival Musicians and displays from the Lynne Hamilton Dance School.

Local organisation who have taken tables or stalls include: the Community Resource Centre, Forth Gala Day Committee, Forth Initiative, Braehead

Village Trust, Forth Wanderers FC, the Churches’ Planet Earth Project, the Bowling Club, the BB and girls organisations, Forth Sports Centre, the Parent Teacher Council and the Forestry Commission.

Ann Anderson said: “We’ve a very small steering group and I would like to pay tribute to my fellow members who have worked really hard to get to this point”.

Nicky Wilson, Scottish Trustee of the Coalfields Regeneration Trust said: “I am delighted to see a small tight-knit community like Forth taking on board the spirit and the opportunities of our Community Futures programme and I wish them every success.”