Wigtown & bladnoch community initiative

 

Membership

MEMBERSHIP

Ordinary Membership is open to individuals aged 16 and over who:

  1. are resident in the Community; and
  2. are entitled to vote at a local government election in a polling district that includes the Community or part of it; and
  3. who support the Purposes;

Anyone who wants to become a member just needs to complete an application form and will be accepted as a member as long as they meet the membership criteria.

ASSOCIATE MEMBERSHIP

is open to those individuals and organisations who:

  1. are not ordinarily resident in the Community
  2. are not entitled to vote at a local government election in a polling district that includes the Community or part of it
  3. and support the Purposes.

Associate Members are not eligible to stand for election to the Board or to vote at any General Meeting.

Polling District Area

The map below sets out the residential area included for Membership of the Initiative:

W&BCI boundary map

Click on the map image to view full size.

Additionally, here are a list of post codes covered for membership:

Wigtown Settlement
DG8 9DS DG8 9DT DG8 9DU DG8 9DX DG8 9DY
DG8 9DZ DG8 9ED DG8 9EE DG8 9EF DG8 9EG
DG8 9EH DG8 9EJ DG8 9EL DG8 9EN DG8 9EP
DG8 9EQ DG8 9ER DG8 9ES DG8 9ET DG8 9EU
DG8 9EW DG8 9HG DG8 9HH DG8 9HJ DG8 9HL
DG8 9HN DG8 9HP DG8 9HQ DG8 9HR DG8 9HS
DG8 9HT DG8 9HU DG8 9HW DG8 9HX DG8 9HY
DG8 9HZ DG8 9JA DG8 9JB DG8 9JD DG8 9JE
DG8 9JF DG8 9JG DG8 9JH DG8 9JJ DG8 9JL
DG8 9JN DG8 9JP DG8 9JQ DG8 9JS

Surrounding Area
DG8 9AA DG8 9DQ DG8 9TF DG8 9AB DG8 9TA
DG8 9TJ DG8 9BT DG8 9TB DG8 9DH DG8 9TD
DG8 9DL DG8 9TE

 

 

Current Projects

Wigtown & Bladnoch Community Initiative has a registered Community interest in 21 North Main Street, Wigtown – the former Bank of Scotland building.

What is proposed for the building?

After public meetings, and work with a range of groups and organisations in the area, run by W&BCI with expertise from Community Enterprise, the favoured proposals for the building are:

Affordable flats – convert upstairs into a family size affordable flat; and convert the back part of the ground floor into a fully accessible one bedroom affordable pensioner flat.  These tenancies would be for people with local connection; our research has shown that there are lots of people struggling to find good affordable accommodation in the town, so this would help.

Bunkhouse and community space – convert the main “retail” area of the bank that opens off the square into a bunkhouse for visitors with an internet hub.  Similar to the bunkhouse idea at the Barholm Arms in Creetown, affordable holiday accommodation for pilgrimage, walkers, cyclists and so on is lacking in Wigtown. And at busy times, there is just not enough holiday accommodation in the area.  Offering maybe 8 bunkhouse beds would mean that more people can stay in the town, and they’d shop and eat and drink at local businesses as they appreciate our wonderful town and the surrounding Machars countryside.  Also, we hope we might be able to get some community banking into the internet hub part time, because a lot of people have told us that some sort of banking would be a real bonus for the town, as well as being a link back to what the building has been used for, for decades.

These ideas come from the local community.  The bunkhouse idea is different from what other businesses and organisations do in Wigtown and Bladnoch.  There would need to be work done on the building whatever is decided, but for these proposals it looks like there could be several sources of funding to get the work done.  And once it’s up and running, there will be some income which means we should be able to create some employment such as helping to manage and clean the bunkhouse.

Please help us Let Wigtown Flourish.  Can Wigtown bank on your support?

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, have a planning application for 43 houses (of various sizes) for the old showfield.  For the present, therefore, we are waiting to see what the Council decides about their application.