New future planned for Braes village

Community councillor John Wotherspoon says plans for the future of Maddiston are "exciting". Picture: Lisa McPhillips (130533b)
Community councillor John Wotherspoon says plans for the future of Maddiston are "exciting". Picture: Lisa McPhillips (130533b)
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Community leaders in the Braes are urging residents
to drive forward plans to
reinvigorate the area.

Maddiston Community Council has completed a consultation with locals which has identified villagers’ likes, dislikes and aspirations as well as challenges the area faces due to lack of infrastructure and facilities.

The report was compiled jointly by the group, 
local councillors and Falkirk 
Council and its results are due to be published early in the new year.

The community council
is in the process of establishing a development trust, to allow it to seek finance for projects, with one idea being the opening of an ‘enterprise zone’.

It has been suggested it could be sited at the Scottish Fire and Rescue Services premises which are earmarked for closure.

If a trust is set up it could take it over using community right to buy legislation.

Community councillor John Wotherspoon said: “Given the current financial constraints on the council it is evident that to make progress we have to help ourselves, which we are very happy to do.

“We think this will help people in Maddiston and Rumford take pride in their community and that it is a challenging, but exciting prospect we are facing.

“If the fire control room is closed down we would like to acquire the building to form the basis of an enterprise zone where small business units could be established and community facilities introduced.

“The community council and our residents now have the major task of how we meet the aspirations of the village.

“Although we have the plans, the ambitions and support of the councillors and Falkirk Council, we cannot proceed unless we have the buy-in of our community and volunteers with the necessary skills coming forward to help take these plans forward.”