Slamannan has five-year plan

Kids in Slamannan Youngsters' Focus Group held an event last week to get ideas on what the village needs. Picture: Alan Murray

Kids in Slamannan Youngsters' Focus Group held an event last week to get ideas on what the village needs. Picture: Alan Murray

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Residents of a rural village say more shops are needed to help make it a ‘good place to live’ in the future as part of a five-year plan.

A consultation with people living in Slamannan has been launched to highlight what local families believe the community needs to thrive.

The aim is to find out what aspirations people have for the village to get them involved in the decision-making when it comes to delivering services for the likes of activities, facilities and health provision.

Falkirk Council staff are working with Slamannan Community Centre’s volunteer Community Education Association (CEA), a group of volunteer residents who want to bring more facilities and services into the village.

Secretary Debbie McLuckie (35), who has lived in the village all her life, said: “There’s no problem with community spirit here in Slamannan. There’s a lot of people who work hard to make sure there’s loads of groups and things to do for young people.

“One problem is that during the summer holidays there’s not enough activities because the groups have all finished so we want to keep them going all year round.

“A lot of shops have also closed down and there’s a few empty buildings. There’s talk of the post office closing as well so that will be another empty building. We need to get more businesses into the shops to stop it from looking empty and save people from travelling out of the village to get what they need.”

Children have been getting involved and set up a group called Slamannan Youngster’s Youth Focus Group and hosted an open day last Saturday to get suggestions from kids on what facilities they need in the community.

A community survey is being done around all the households at the moment and once responses have been analysed a report will be published pinpointing the needs of the community.

Council community learning and development worker for the area Joanne Ellis said: “The main aim of community engagement is to improve the planning and delivery of services by making them more responsive to the needs and aspirations of communities.

“A report will be published and distributed to the participants and this will be the action plan to be addressed for the next five years.”