Future looks bright for Whitecross

Residents in Whitecross want to see improvements to their village
Residents in Whitecross want to see improvements to their village

Hundreds of villagers turned out to get a glimpse of what their community will look like in the future when plans were unveiled last weekend.

The results of the Whitecross Community Action Group’s household survey were revealed at an open day with bringing the community centre back into use a top priority.

Residents also want to see the village’s general appearance improved, better play areas for children and new paths introduced for better access to the Union Canal and 

People also want better transport to health services and improved public transport to neighbouring towns and villages.

The wish list is part of a five-year plan which was given £25,000 from the Coalfields Regeneration Trust to get it off the ground.

Chairperson of the action group Mandy Lang said: “There was a fantastic turnout at the open day and I was delighted to see so many people taking such an interest in the survey findings. The steering group will pull together the survey conclusions and the comments from the open day to form the basis of our five-year community action plan.

“We are also inviting local organisations to come forward with proposals and bid for a share of the £25,000.”

Nicky Walker from the Coalfields trust said: “The fact that 200 people gave up their Sunday to take part in the open day confirms that the Futures programme has been taken to heart by Whitecross.”

Falkirk Council has a participation strategy for residents to help improve communities. A spokeswoman said: “We have been supporting a number of communities consult with residents to come up with ideas on how they would like to see their town or village 


Whitecross is one of five former mining communities selected by the Coalfields Regeneration Trust to receive £25,000 from its ‘Community Futures’ programme.

Applications for funding from the trust’s participatory budget can be made by communities and must be submitted by mid-January. Visit www.coalfields-regen.org.uk for information.

The trust is the leading regeneration organisation working to improve life for residents of former mining communities.