CAP Update

One of the key aims of the CAP is to bring the community together by sharing whats happening – the Community Groups in town do some absolutely amazing things. It’s impossible to share everything but every month, we share CAP related updates in the Community Council meeting. Here’s the update shared in last nights meeting:

CAP Update Event:

The Community Action Plan launched nearly two years ago and thanks to the efforts of the community, there has been amazing progress towards the vision pulled together from the consultation.

Everyone is welcomed to join us for a CAP update on the 28th of April. 10am-4pm Aytoun Hall. There will be the opportunity to enjoy a cuppa and cake whilst learning about what’s been happening. It will be an all-day drop in event with entertainment from Adventure Circus shows and workshops.

Whilst reflecting on the progress to date, we’ve also been looking forward and planning which priorities we’d like to see progressed – We’d really like your feedback around this too, so please do come along to the event on the 28th or indeed any of the CAP meetings advertised on the Website or FB page.

Charitable Status:

We continue to make good progress towards CAP charitable status, a step that will enable us to apply for fundraising to support the CAP priorities. Whilst this process is underway, we remain very grateful to ACSR for their support in this area. ACSR and CAP worked in partnership to apply for funding from FOSM and CLLD for the continuation of the community connector role until end of July and were pleased to have been successful. 

Theme Updates:

Healthy and Connected Community

  • Cosy Spaces Sessions continue to run well, providing a welcome opportunity for a sociable bowl of soup, and have also proven a successful signposting option, directly people to the advice hub at the Health Centre, enabling people to find out more about support available.

Traffic Parking and Transport:

  • Community Rural Futures visited the library yesterday to hear local views. The conversations resulted in lots more ideas than might come from a survey so if you’d like to share your thoughts about this matter, drop in on the 22nd of March. The online survey remains open until end of March too.
  • Participatory Budgeting: PKC want to hear how the local community would like to see funds spent and have invited local projects to be involved in Participatory Budgeting: PB hasn’t run since 2017 and is a great way for community to share their voice, Please do get involved, as well as voting for the bus, you’re demonstrating that the community want to have a say in spending decisions.
  • Voting closes tomorrow.

Environment and a greener community: 

  • The first Auchterarder and Aberuthven Climate Café will be held on the 19th of March in the Aytoun Hall.
  • Remake will be running creative reuse community sessions too, in partnership with the Creative Hub at the Cinema. Dates TBC.
  • As part of the upcoming Keep Scotland Beautiful Campaign, we’re holding a Community Clean up between the 20th and 28th of April. It’s a collaboration between CAP, ACSR Green Spaces and ACSR Core Paths. We’re encouraging people to take care of the space around them and also be involved with the Path tidy’s happening during the campaign too. We’re also going to encourage the clean up of the tree protectors which have been left around the long established tree areas by Caslteon and the School.
  • The path plans for between the Muir development and the School estate have been agreed and work will commence over the Easter Holidays.

High Street and Local Economy:

  • The High street business group has grown to 26 and is proving to be a good forum. All high street businesses are welcome to attend. Topics centre around how to promote the town, parking and community.
  • In the last meeting there was a discussion about anti-social behaviour in the town and around the School grounds. They asked if I’d bring this to CC. 
  • CHAS Hairy Coo Trail: In June, CHAS will launch their summer fundraiser – a sculpture trail of 30 colourful highland coos located all around Perthshire, It will have lots of people exploring all over the region to log seeing all the cows during the 10 week period.
  • Auchterarder will be hosting a Coo thanks to the generous support from 20 local business owners. At present, they’re looking to decide the art work for the sculpture. Look out for news and updates about this and please share them – in the CAP, it was clear how valued out local high street is so a bit of extra footfall from visitors is a great thing!