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Linwood Community Development Trust is on the brink of obtaining land from Renfrewshire Council to build much needed community facilities for Linwood.

Renfrewshire Council has now appointed a contractor to carry out a site investigation at Mossedge Playing fields (rear of Clippens School) and this work will be completed by the beginning of August. A full analytical report will be received by September 2013 and if Linwood CDT is happy with the results, we will proceed with a full asset transfer of the land.

With future funding support, the land will be used to develop a 3G/4G football pitch with changing facilities and a community wellbeing centre for Linwood. This reflects what the people of Linwood want to see happening in their town following results outlined in the 'Linwood Community Action Plan'. It is hoped people will be inspired to help 'Build Linwood from the Inside out' in order to make it a more attractive, happier and healthier place to live.

 

 

Linwood Community Development Trust, in partnership with Linwood Community Council, is also delighted to announce that we have received £4,000 for our 'Linwood in Bloom' Project and £10,000 for the 'Light up linwood' Project (Christmas Lights) through 'Local Area Committee' funding.

Together we CAN make a difference! After all, this is Our Community, Our Future and who best knows what our community needs than the community itself?

Why Land Matters

Why Land Matters to Linwood

After 4 years of perseverance, the voices of a group of volunteers, known as the Linwood Community Development Trust, have finally been heard and they are now in the process of acquiring a 2.4 hectare piece of land from their local authority to build much needed facilities for their community as the group is determined to create positive changes to regenerate Linwood.

Kirsty Flannigan, Board member said: “Our journey began in 2009 and the past 4 years have been like rolling jelly up a hill. We campaigned on behalf of our community to ensure our voices were heard during major regeneration programmes such as a £24m Sports Facility and a new Tesco development. Our campaigns were for Linwood to receive a proportion of ‘our regeneration’ funding or to have a voice during the process to ensure facilities were built that met the needs of the Linwood community. We did not want the failures of the past, such as the car factory and the shopping centre to be repeated. However, at the time we were ignored, disempowered and on many occasions made to feel inferior by those in power but we agreed to persevere until we would eventually wake someone up!”

Linwood Community Development Trust decided to carry out their own community consultation which resulted in the production of a Community Action Plan that reflected what the people in Linwood wanted to see happening in their town.

Kirsty continued: “We are so glad that we decided to persevere with our campaign as our voices were finally heard last year by the new Leader of Renfrewshire Council and one of our local councillors, who agreed to support us 100% with our aspirations for Linwood. This support has now led to the Council agreeing this week to work with us - through their Asset Transfer policy - so we can obtain a 2.4 hectare piece of land, which is an amazing achievement for our group!

Our initial plan for the land is to build a football facility with changing facilities and later extend this by building a community wellbeing centre that will address many issues outlined in the Community Action Plan. We believe this land will help build Linwood from the inside out as it will provide more-than-profit projects that will bring added value by supporting the real future regeneration that our community needs.”

Mark Macmillan, Leader of Renfrewshire Council commented: “This transfer of land to the Linwood Community Development Trust is a real expression of this community’s determination to build a better future for its residents. This is exactly the sort of programme that I’m keen to encourage throughout Renfrewshire; empowering local people and supporting their ambitions. I congratulate LCDT on its vision and determination and will continue to work with the group to deliver on this project and the community’s plan and aspirations.”

Cllr. Stuart Clark added: “I have been delighted to support the Linwood Community Development Trust since my election last year. They are a forward looking, energetic group of volunteers working extremely hard for their local community. I'm pleased that solid progress is being made and I will continue to do whatever I can to help in the future.”

LCDT have also been supported by organisations such as Development Trust Association Scotland; Foundation Scotland through its ‘Our Community, Our Future’ programme; and Oxfam Scotland who is now supporting LCDT through the development of GrowTrust. This newly established organisation will bring Oxfam’s experience of development with the legal, financial, business, environmental and marketing expertise to benefit community development. Jim Boyle from Grow Trust stated: “There’s no such word as can’t in Linwood. The Development Trust, with the support of the Linwood community, has brought their vision for community facilities within touching distance. The Linwood experience is an example to other communities, that no permission is required to create change.”

Linwood has a long history of industrial decline, which has left a legacy of poverty and unemployment and was also the recipient of the 2011 Carbuncle Award for being ‘The Most Dismal Town in Scotland’. However, Jeanette Anderson, Chairperson for LCDT said: “At long last we are starting to see a wave of change happening in Linwood and would urge communities who are facing the same hardships to never ever give up if you believe something is worth fighting for. After all, this is our community, our future, and who best knows what the community needs, than the community itself? It’s onwards and upwards from now on for Linwood!”

Land Update

Following the entry below that was posted on 26th July, LCDT has now received the report for the Mossedge Playing fields site which was extremely positive! We will be meeting with officers of Renfrewshire Council on 25th November to discuss a full asset transfer or long term lease of this land in order to develop a 3G/4G football pitch with changing facilities and a community wellbeing centre for Linwood.

Report below posted on 26th July 2013:

Linwood Community Development Trust is on the brink of obtaining land from Renfrewshire Council to build much needed community facilities for Linwood.

Renfrewshire Council has now appointed a contractor to carry out a site investigation at Mossedge Playing fields (rear of Clippens School) and this work will be completed by the beginning of August. A full analytical report will be received by September 2013 and if Linwood CDT is happy with the results, we will proceed with a full asset transfer of the land.

With future funding support, the land will be used to develop a 3G/4G football pitch with changing facilities and a community wellbeing centre for Linwood. This reflects what the people of Linwood want to see happening in their town following results outlined in the 'Linwood Community Action Plan'. It is hoped people will be inspired to help 'Build Linwood from the Inside out' in order to make it a more attractive, happier and healthier place to live.

Keep Up the Good Work!

The head of one of Scotlands biggest charities has hailed the work of a local community group.

Judith Robertson, head of Oxfam Scotland, has mentioned the Linwood Community Development Trust in her New Year Message.

She praised them as a terrific example to those in power about how to properly consult with local people and get them motivated to create change for the better in their communities. (read more here).

Land Update

Following the entry below that was posted on 26th July, LCDT has now received the report for the Mossedge Playing fields which was extremely positive. We will be meeting with officers of Renfrewshire Council on 25th November to discuss a full asset transfer or long term lease of this land in order to develop a 3G/4G football pitch with changing facilities and a community wellbeing centre for Linwood.

 

Report below posted on 26th July 2013:

Linwood Community Development Trust is on the brink of obtaining land from Renfrewshire Council to build much needed community facilities for Linwood.

Renfrewshire Council has now appointed a contractor to carry out a site investigation at Mossedge Playing fields (rear of Clippens School) and this work will be completed by the beginning of August. A full analytical report will be received by September 2013 and if Linwood CDT is happy with the results, we will proceed with a full asset transfer of the land.

With future funding support, the land will be used to develop a 3G/4G football pitch with changing facilities and a community wellbeing centre for Linwood. This reflects what the people of Linwood want to see happening in their town following results outlined in the 'Linwood Community Action Plan'. It is hoped people will be inspired to help 'Build Linwood from the Inside out' in order to make it a more attractive, happier and healthier place to live.

Christmas Light Switch On Event - Friday 29th November 2013

LCDT has been working in partnership with Linwood Community Council as part of our 'Light Up Linwood' Campaign following the launch of our Linwood Community Action Plan.

We are delighted to announce that it was agreed at a meeting this evening that Linwood Community Council will lead on organising this year's 'Christmas Switch on Event' on 29th November 2013 with support from other groups in the community.

This is a great result for Linwood and a big thank you to all the volunteers who will make this year and future years 'Switch On' event a great success!

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