Cash will help get Denny community projects moving

Primary school pupils offered their input on how the town centre could be developed at the Denny Charette in May
Primary school pupils offered their input on how the town centre could be developed at the Denny Charette in May
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Denny and Dunipace residents are needed to help kick-start a range of community projects - with £10,000 of funding up for grabs.

Applications must be received by next Friday so interested parties are asked to get in touch with ideas quickly.

Having worked in Denny and district for nearly two years now, we have witnessed an enormous amount of positive change

Hannah Brackston

The funding will be used to help realise several of the ideas discussed at the Denny Charette in May, and could include a regular outdoor market in the town, the opening of a community arts hub or a new museum.

The three-day Charette - a community workshop - was organised by Glasgow-based Icecream Architecture and invited residents of all ages to take part.

The firm was hired by Falkirk Council in 2013 to work with local residents and consider their views on the on-going regeneration of Denny town centre.

Following “a busy and energetic three days”, several project plans were developed up by residents.

The longer term plans collectively form the basis for an outline business case for a ‘community hub’ to be run and used by residents.

This, if approved, could be built as part of the third phase of the regeneration project on a site in Duke Street, where the temporary shop units currently sit.

Icecream was not involved in the design of the building currently being built in Stirling Street, by Denny Cross, but were instead briefed to help come up with ideas for a potential new town square and other civic improvements.

Lead artist Hannah 
Brackston said: “Having worked in Denny and district for nearly two years now, we have witnessed an enormous amount of positive change.

“From the physical demolition of Church Walk blocks and moving forward of the regeneration project, to a wave of exciting local activism within the community - demonstrated by the resurrection of a brilliant Gala day.

“We feel there is a huge potential for the area because of the care and passion people have for it and the inspiration we have seen emerging around local aspirations for its future.

“We really encourage people to grab that and to be part of driving the local project ideas and vision.”

Any Denny and Dunipace resident can apply, with application forms and full details available from {http://icecreamarchitecture.com/denny-charrette/|Ice Cream’s website.

The deadline is next Friday, July 31 at 5pm.

Organisers added that a brief outline and statement of interest on the application form is all that is required at this stage.