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High street take-over: Dumfries aims to be the first community to buy back its town centre

Posted on: Tuesday 17th April, 2018

A community arts and development organisation in Dumfries is making a bid to take back control of its neglected town centre and become the first in Scotland to buy back its high street. It hopes to transform the down-at-heel centre into a bustling hub full of urban homes, social enterprises and local small businesses.

To read this article in full, please click here to be taken to The Glasgow Herald's website.

February 2018: e-bulletin No.56

Posted on: Friday 23rd March, 2018

February 2018: e-bulletin No.56

Justin Kenrick: Community Planning is a great idea - but it's a difficult balancing act

Posted on: Monday 05th March, 2018

A page on the Scottish ­Government website claims, boldly, to describe How Community Planning Works.Cynics might answer: “It’s complicated.” They might be right.

While community planning has been around since the 2003 Local Government Act, the big shift ­underway is making sure it’s not just token consultation, but genuine ­community participation in ­planning our futures. This is what the 2015 Community Empowerment Act envisaged, and it is a big change.

To read Justin's article as it appeared in The Scotsman on 28th February, please click here.

I Am One Of The Six Residents Of The Isle Of Ulva. Please Help Us Retain Control Of Our Home

Posted on: Monday 22nd January, 2018

Since it was announced in October that residents of the Isle of Ulva, along with those on neighbouring Mull, would be given the opportunity to attempt a community buyout of the island, there has been a great deal of interest from all over the globe. Articles have featured in newspapers and online in the likes of Australia, France, Singapore and the UAE. There has been great support for the project, but also a certain amount of criticism - land reform can be a divisive topic.

To read this article in full, please see The Huffington Post website.

Local People Leading: 10 January 18

Posted on: Wednesday 10th January, 2018

At this time of year, loneliness, that scourge of the modern era, tends to attract more attention than usual. Latest research suggests nine million people in the UK feel lonely most of the time and while older people are most vulnerable, this is something that can beset anyone at any age. And it carries a serious health warning. Loneliness kills. The fact that it has reached such epidemic proportions suggests that its root causes are now systemic, reflecting some deep-seated malaise within society. Scottish Government is committed to take action - a national strategy on loneliness is expected soon.

To read Angus's bulletin in full, or sign up to receive the Local People Leading fortnightly bulletin, see the Scottish Community Alliance website

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