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Community Action Plan FAQs

This is a living document. It will be added to as questions are raised during the survey process and timescale.

WHAT IS A COMMUNITY ACTION PLAN?

A Community Action Plan is a plan which reflects the views of the community on how to improve the area. The existence of a Community Action Plan enables the Community Council, Darvel Improvement Group and other organisations within the town to have a better chance of getting access for grants to fund priorities and activities highlighted in the plan.

HOW WILL THE ACTION PLAN BE PRODUCED?

An Action Plan Steering Group made up of local residents will be undertaking this task. An extensive consultation will be carried out over the next few months so that everyone has the opportunity to have an input into the plan. The plan will be published in November.

WHY SHOULD I COMPLETE A QUESTIONNAIRE?

This will give you the chance to have a say in what improvements for Darvel and Priestland should be included in the 5 year plan. Social media has shown that there are lots of ideas that people of our area would like to see taken forward so here’s the opportunity to do this formally. If you fill in the questionnaire you will also be entered for the £100 prize draw.

THERE WAS A COMMUNITY ACTION PLAN FOR 2014-2019 – WHAT IMPROVEMENTS HAVE BEEN ACHIEVED IN THAT TIME?

We have seen improvements along the Main Street with the provision of planters, the forthcoming demolition of the derelict co-operative building and the planned replacement – Darvel’s Garden and Market. Improvements are ongoing in Hastings Square, and we have witnessed the renovation of the Rose Garden in Morton Park and the upgrading of the children’s play area in the park. A wide range of voluntary organisations have become established to offer all kinds of support to residents.

HOW WILL CONSULTATION BE DONE?

In preparing the next five-year plan for 2020-2025 the steering group will conduct a comprehensive consultation exercise with the community. The main elements of the consultation process will be a questionnaire which will be delivered to every household in Darvel and Priestland, an on-line version. In both of these, those who complete the survey will be entered into a prize draw for £100. There will be further activity to gather the views of the community – a survey of businesses in the town, questionnaires for school aged young people and small discussion groups or focus groups of residents.  There will also be a community conference on Saturday June 29th which will provide another opportunity for residents to comment on the priorities which need to be addressed. The questionnaires and the other forms of consultation will provide all residents of Darvel – young and old to tell us what the main priorities should be over the next five years.

WHAT IS THE TIMESCALE FOR SUBMITTING THE QUESTIONNAIRE?

The deadline for completing the questionnaire – either the household survey or the on-line version is 31 August 2019.

WHO ARE IN THE COMMUNITY ACTION PLAN STEERING GROUP?

The membership of the Action Planning Steering Group is Christine Campbell, Neil Dunipace, Frank Donnelly, Max Flemmich, George Gardner, Steve Gillies, Louise Hughes (Vibrant Communities), Les Pittams, Stephen Proctor, Jane Slider, Ucilla Wilson

The Action Planning Steering Group will have scope to second interested parties where an input is considered to appropriate.

CAN YOU GIVE SOME SPECIFIC EXAMPLES OF WHAT IMPROVEMENTS I MIGHT WANT TO THINK ABOUT?

Yes, we can. Here are some examples you might want to consider when you are completing the questionnaire:

Continue to improve the appearance of the town centre – tackle the next eyesore which is the Turf Hotel; upgrade the Sir Alexander Fleming Memorial in Hastings Square; look at possibility of gable end murals.

  • Look at ways in which open spaces/derelict land could be better used – demolition of the factory in Jamieson Road and identify alternative use; identify other sites which could be improved by some community landscaping
  • Make Darvel’s Garden and Market a success – ways in which this community space can be used; ensuring the security of the facility; encouraging the community to assist in the ongoing maintenance such as cleaning, weeding and planting
  • Improve Darvel’s riverbank along the Irvine – tidy up the waterlip walk; develop the riverbank in Morton Park as a haven for wildlife
  • Review public transport requirements – a more regular service from Priestland to Kilmarnock; challenge Stagecoach on their bus charges; introduce a public transport link to Strathaven
  • Making Darvel an attractive place to visit – continue to promote the attractions of the town – its heritage; access to the countryside; improving the paths network; supporting the role of Darvel as a music town
  • Tackling antisocial behaviour – ensuring continued high visibility of police in the town; continued attention given to dog fouling and littering; support for the wide range of activities offered by Darvel Sports for young people; more facilities for young people
  • Supporting vulnerable groups – continuing the good work of voluntary organisation in supporting the elderly vulnerable groups; a focus on the mental health of residents of the town
  • Addressing the issues of speeding – propose further speed restrictions in the town; identify areas where further traffic calming measures could be introduced; raise concerns about the amount of heavy traffic using the A 71
  • Improving the quality of services in the area – Are there areas where some improvements could be made – the school and nursery facilities; access to health care and support; supporting Darvel Library to ensure its continued existence in the town; future use of the town hall and how it can be maintained
  • Supporting the local businesses and cottage industries – ways in which the town and East Ayrshire Council can continue to encourage local people to “start-up” their own businesses; forming a local business association.

  • IS THIS A COMPLETE LIST OF POSSIBLE IMPROVEMENTS?

    No, it is not. These are a range of issues or improvements you might want to think about when you are completing the questionnaire – either on line or the paper household version – but this is not a complete list. There may be other issues or areas for improvement that you would want to include when you complete the questionnaire. Please feel free to do so.

    WHAT HAPPENS AFTER THE CONSULTATION PERIOD COMES TO AN END?

    Over the next 6 months the Steering Group will be busy in taking forward both the review of the 2014-2019 Community Action Plan and the preparation of the Plan for 2020-2025. A formal launch of the new plan will take place in October or November. Before that the community will have the chance to vote on the wide range of issues which the consultation will produce so that the key priorities for improving the town can be identified. After the voting has taken place a draft Community Action Plan will be prepared.

    WHEN WILL THE £100 PRIZE BE AWARDED AND HOW WILL IT BE SELECTED?

    The prize will be awarded at as the survey results are published. We anticipate September 2019. The prize will be randomly selected from the names of everyone who submitted a survey response online or by completing the paper form.

    WHAT IS THE FULL TIMETABLE FOR THE CONSULTATION AND PUBLICATION OF THE ACTION PLAN?

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