Late last year, Reinstate Bonnybridge Railway Station, received a grant from the National Lottery Awards For All. This grant was given with the main goal of providing a report to look at the public opinion on transport links and the proposal for a station within Bonnybridge.
Since receiving this fund, the group have been in contact with various consultancy groups to find the correct group to help achieve this target. After a lot of phone calls and emails with agencies we are delighted to have found an organisation that aligns itself with the community aspect of our group.
Bryan Deakin the Convener of Reinstate Bonnybridge Railway Station states “It took a lot of research and after discussion with Robin at the Scottish Community Development Centre we feel SCDC are best placed to assist. SCDC’s core vision is for an active, inclusive and just Scotland where our communities are strong, equitable and sustainable. So we are thrilled to be working with them. With the council starting the pre-appraisal soon for the needed Scottish Transport Appraisal Guidance (STAG) Report we are hoping our data will help the council in the process.”
SCDC will help Reinstate Bonnybridge Railway Station in a consultancy role, providing the training, skills and knowledge to help the group gather and collate the information needed, also making sure all the information and final report is done in an unbiased and professional manner.
Robin Jamieson, Development Manager at Scottish Community Development Centre, adds:
“We’re really looking forward to working with Reinstate Bonnybridge Railway Station to help develop their community consultation activity, using community engagement best practice to support community voices, increase participation and build local capacity.
“The group already have a great depth of skills, knowledge and experience, with our role being to build on these attributes and provide an independent voice and view on the process as it develops.”
Re-instate Bonnybridge Railway Station is aiming to survey households in Bonnybridge in late August to get people’s opinions on the matter and to raise awareness of the benefits of a station in the town.
Bryan Deakin adds “We are looking for volunteers for during the day and evenings for the week beginning 20th August for 3 weeks, and encourage people to get in touch with their availability over these weeks so we can get a rota set up to join our teams on the street.”
If interested people can get in touch with the group, through our Facebook page and website
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