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PH8 Community Action Plan Launches

Alistair Smith speaks to Stuart Paton of the PH8 Community Matters team; Lucy Espeland from Development Trusts Association Scotland; Alastair Wylie, Secretary of the Dunkeld and Birnam Leisure Group; and Local Councillor Grant Laing.

The PH8 Community Action Plan was launched on Saturday the 5th of March at Birnam Arts at 2 pm. This laid out a vision for the community for the next five years and highlighted the priorities brought forward by the residents and businesses for the future.

A large, enthusiastic group of residents, interested parties, and local politicians gathered to hear what the local community had fed back to the PH8 Community Matters team over the last year. Broadcaster and writer Fiona Ritchie welcomed everyone to the event, complimented the work of the group in bringing the project together, and launching the Action Plan.

The PH8 Community Matters team then spoke about the work that had gone on to bring the Action Plan together, and thanked the local community for their support. The community completed and returned over 400 surveys, while 45 businesses filled in the separated feedback form for the commercial sector. Several stakeholder interviews and feedback sessions were held.

The plan has six specific strategic themes, with priorities for action within each section. They are: Safe and active travel; Housing for all; Connectivity; accessibility and care; Environment and greener future; Community and Culture; A thriving local community. To take the project to the next level, a possible next step may be forming a Development Trust, and Lucy Espeland from The Development Trusts Association Scotland gave a presentation on how this could be set up should the Action Plan team decide to take that route.

You can see the full Action Plan here.

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