BACC Annual Report 2013-2014

Blackness and Area Community Council Annual Report October 2013- September 2014

This year has seen Blackness Area Community Council again engaging with the community and continuing to provide a platform where issues affecting the local area can be discussed. It is encouraging that in a small rural community like Blackness attendance of our routine meetings is continuing to improve.

The highlights of this year included the activities of Blackness is Beautiful (BiB), our new web site, the John Muir Way (JMW), the Commonwealth Baton and the success of our social and fundraising events.

Spear-headed by the indefatigable duo of Nan Wylie and Helena Paul and supported by many green-fingered assistants, BiB has had a very active year. Beautiful timber and china clay planters have appeared in the village and holdings. Programmes of bulb planting, flower bed creation, planter maintenance, watering and painting have fostered a great team spirit in our community and have generated many positive comments from visitors to our village and surroundings – people know we care about Blackness.

We are extremely grateful to Jonathan Avery for creating and continuing to monitor our brand new community web site. It really is a major community asset and one that all are encouraged to support.

After decades of effort by our community to improve the link to Carriden, the major local impact of the trans-Scotland JMW is the completion of a major upgrading of the path along the Forth from the village to Bo’ness. Again, many positive comments have been received from locals and villagers alike. One of the most pleasing results is the response of some of our older residents who can now access the path easily and enjoy the views and exercise. A local event to celebrate the opening of our stretch of the route will take place next spring.

24 June 2014 was a day to remember, when the Commonwealth Baton processed through the village, culminating in it being piped in to the Castle. A great turn out from many flag waving locals could be seen on the TV news on the day.

All of these events are helping to raise the profile of our community and to encourage visitors to our area, with the aim of generating enough activity to make a café, shop and/or pub a viable proposition.

Socially our local events continue on an upward trend. The Carol Service and Ceilidh were very well attended, both having a great mix of folk from the village, holdings and farms. The Christmas Fair was also packed out and raised a substantial sum towards seed corn funding for local projects.

In terms of Planning, the main event of the year was the DART Energy Planning Inquiry, where the Community Council participated as objectors as part of a larger group – Concerned Communities of Falkirk. The matter has now been called in by the Scottish Government for determination.

for a PDF of this report:  BACC Annual Report 2013-2014.pdf