Wigtown & bladnoch community initiative

 

Can you take a few minutes to complete a housing survey?

Dumfries & Galloway Small Communities Housing Trust are working with us to understand housing needs and demands in the Wigtown & Bladnoch area. Have your say by completing the short survey online:

https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/WBCI18

A hard copy of the survey is available from Machars Action

 

Welcome to the Wigtown & Bladnoch Community Initiative

The Wigtown & Bladnoch Community Initiative is a company registered in Scotland, established in 2016 to further the achievement of sustainable development in Wigtown.

The company’s purposes are:

  • to provide or advance the accessibility of recreational, facilities, and/or organising recreational activities, which will be available to members of the Community and public at large with the object of improving the conditions of life of the Community.
  • advancement of citizenship or Community development, including rural or urban regeneration.
  • to advance the provisions for educational opportunities in the Community relating to environment, culture, heritage and/or history
  • to advance environmental protection or improvement including preservation, sustainable development and conservation of the natural environment, the maintenance, improvement or provision of environmental amenities for the Community and/or the preservation of buildings or sites of architectural, historic or other importance to the Community;

 

Current Projects

Wigtown & Bladnoch Community Initiative is proposing to register a Community interest in 21 North Main Street, Wigtown

After the Bank of Scotland’s decision to close its Wigtown branch, Wigtown & Bladnoch Community Initiative (WCBI) is proposing to apply to register Community Interest in 21 North Main Street, under the Community Right to Buy legislation. This would give the community first option to purchase the property when it is put on the market.

Currently there are 160 projects in Scotland, where communities such as our own are taking control of land and buildings where they live. Examples of this in Dumfries and Galloway are the Mull of Galloway Trust and The Portpatrick Harbour Community Benefit Society. The Scottish Land Fund may provide up to 95% of the value, with other sources making up the balance.

Initial WCBI ideas for the future use of the building include affordable housing, a credit union and community use of space provided.

The Old Showfield on Southfield Lane has stood empty and neglected for nine years. Wigtown & Bladnoch Community Initiative has been formed to regain community ownership of the Showfield. We feel that it would greatly enhance Wigtown.

Initial ideas for the future use of the Showfield have included affordable housing and business units, an area for outdoor events with space for a marquee and parking, a community orchard and various projects.

Using Community Right to Buy legislation, the Scottish Government has given us the right to buy the land if the current owners put it on the market.  If that happens, we would apply to the Scottish Land Fund for a grant towards the cost.  Unfortunately the owners, 3b construction, intends to lodge a planning application for 43 houses (of various sizes) for the old showfield.  For the present, therefore, we are waiting to see what their application contains, when it becomes public.