Dumbarton & Vale of Leven Communities Team identify Castlehill area as priority are of focus whilst still delivering a YC & Capacity Building service to other areas in Dumbarton and Vale of Leven Community, such as Alexandria, Dalmonach and Westbridgend. There has also been engagement work undertaken with residents in Westcliff but no focused engagement work with residents from Brucehill.
After Various engagements / identifying issues of concern / partnership working / it has remained an issue trying to identify local key residents to encourage the involvement of local people in any sustainable community group to drive forward future improvements or work the development of any locality place plan.
However development of a Partners Forum presence of organisations such as Corra Foundation and Rock Community Church will provide a basis for Key Anchor organisations to assist local people in future (this is already evidenced by improved relationships, opportunities for volunteering, improved service provision for families and young people, recent Asset Transfer of Phoenix Community Centre and access to funding for future regeneration of projects).
planned Your Community Celebration Event - this will provide local people an opportunity to engage with local organisations, celebrate the newly upgraded park developments and identify if any local people are interested in forming a local action group to consider developing a locality place plan or community voice such as Community Council. If such a group emerges, this will be supported by WDC Communities team or Corra Foundation.
Aug 19 – Should there be an appetite to form a local group they will be supported however developing a locality place plan would involve considerable extra time and input and a review of resources would need to be done to establish if this is possible. If there is little interest from residents to form any groups or get further involved then a final report will be published on the outcomes of the Celebration event and It is intended by September that a new Neighbourhood area will be identified by DVOL team.
WDC 5 Strategic priorities. Focus on need to improve better outcomes for residents by focusing and delivering on the Community Empowerment Act (Scotland) 2015. The Scottish Government is focused on community’s being empowered and involved in decision making through community assets of land and buildings, participation request, and being involved in planning processes. A strategic priority within the LOPIP is Our Residents are Empowered. WDC Housing & Delivery Plan for 2018 / 19 Priority 3 : Meaningful community engagement with active empowered and informed citizens who feel safe and engaged.
Surveys, Door to Door conversations, Foot patrols of area, Environmental Visual Audits, Meetings, Picnic in Park Public event, Walkabout, Celebration Event, Partnership Working, information surgeries, use of information Flyers, Your Community Workshops & consultation meetings in Schools with pupil councils
New housing, bin plinths, new shop, reopening of Phoenix Community Centre, Centre by Rock, Community Church via Asset Transfer from WDC. Growth of Corra Foundation in establishing local networks, community groups & regular community events. Project Working Work in Dalreoch School with Corra, Possibility of community garden, Castlehill Event July – being planned by Communities Team but supported by involvement of DW partners.
Recent YC surveys confirmed these are still the same issues for Castlehill residents
Partnership working with Key Anchor Organisations
There were 4 phases of Community Budgeting and Dumbarton West projects were awarded a total of £25,959. Brucehill Nursery - £10,000 ; DACA (Dumbarton Area Council Alcohol) - £3,479; Westbridgend Hall Development Assoc - £2,480 and Dalreoch Primary School - Parent Council £10,000 (in the heart of Castlehill).