The Carmuirs Development Project:
There has been ongoing community engagement work taking place at the Juniors Car Park site in Camelon and that has included several community events such as the Gather & Play event and the Fun for the Future Day, along with litter picks, pop up parks, Safer Streets Roadshows, environmental clear ups, and consultation workshops. This location has remained a community safety priority and along with the old Brown street park both these sites are now to be the focus of the Carmuirs Development Project. Through these previous events and activities several community priorities were identified for these particular locations, namely: Improved security, provision of safe play opportunities for children, young people and families, community growing projects and the creation of a community mural. The Carmuirs Development Project will now therefore concentrate on these themes and the wider environmental improvement of that neighbourhood, and this work will be carried out between July and September. The Project will be led by the Tidy, Clean and Green Community Group with support from the Our Place Project and through Community Renewal Funding we have commissioned The Conservation Volunteers and a consultation company called Rocket Science to carry out a programme of environmental improvement activities and evaluations. The Projects central aim is to support the local community to work on environmental improvements, and to confirm a detailed and costed plan for the long-term development of these two sites. The Programme which is scheduled to start in the next week will provide lots of opportunities for local people to have their say and take part in various environmental improvement activities, including: Pop-up Parks, litter picks, canal clear ups, growing and planting, outdoor learning, and conservation work. There will be a survey and Focus group work which will be linked to these activities and also to the Twilight Sports Programme which will be at the Juniors Car park on Friday evenings from 6pm-9pm on 15th, 22nd, 29th July and 5th August. Creativity is also going to be part of this Project and will be linked to the programme of activities currently being developed by the Local Environmental Artist who is working with Artlink Central which is similarly funded by the Community Renewal Fund.
Tree Planting at Brown Street Park:
I know there was a lot of local anger when the trees in this park were accidently cut down and destroyed, they had up until this incident thrived in the park and had been planted by different community groups and the local primary school. Falkirk Council have now provided replacement trees and an assurance that there will never be a repeat of this unfortunate circumstance and I am very pleased to report that these trees were replanted by the Primary 5/6 class form Carmuirs School on the 21st of June. My thanks to class teacher Ms Clubb, assistant Mr Bell, Chris from the Tidy, Clean and Green Group and Fraser from the Councils Grounds and Maintenance Team who all assisted the young people to replant the trees, it was a fantastic and enjoyable morning.
All Games Allowed:
On Friday 27th May community artist Mark Bleakley along with Camelon Arts Project, involved local young people with the creation of the All Game allowed installation beside the MUGA on Mariner Street. This was the cumulation of several months of creative engagement with young people who were devising different street games and sports with their own unique markings, rules, skills, and tactics. This was an interesting approach to improving public spaces and making them safer through games, sport and creativity and has greatly enhanced the visual appearance of this location. This arts project is well aligned to the community safety strategies key outcomes and in particular engaging young people at locations where they are at risk of ASB and other community safety concerns. I look forward to seeing local young people make use of this unique games court over the summer and taking part in games where the only limit to involvement is your own imagination.
Canal Clear up and Climate Change:
I have been working with pupils from Falkirk High School and we have been carrying our litter picks around the school and more recently on the canal between the Falkirk Wheel and Lock 16. Several pupils from the Schools Place Changers group have also been contributing to the work of the Community Climate Action Plan Core Group and this will be further progressed with several joint projects being developed with the school next term. It is really important that the High School are playing a significant role in the local community and making such an important contribution to our efforts and plans for dealing with climate change.
And finally, until August, please spare 5 minutes to provide some feedback and input to these two local community discussions:
The Easter Carmuirs Park improved Play proposals need your views and thoughts, please contribute to that at this link: https://opcamelontamfourhill.files.wordpress.com/2022/06/220613_ecp_play-in-the-park_feedback-form.pdf
And the Community Climate Action plan Core Group would appreciate if you could complete this very short climate change survey which you can find at: https://forms.office.com/r/rYN3MyW2Ea