Encouraging new allotments – Scottish Government consultation

The Scottish Government is running a consultation on new laws to encourage and support the development of allotments around Scotland. Did you know that there have been community allotments in Scotland for more than 150 years, with around 70,000 individual plots by 1950? In recent years, however, more and more plots have been lost to housing and other developments, so the Government wants to encourage local authorities to support allotments more effectively. The Scottish Community Alliance is encouraging groups and individuals to get involved and make their views known: http://www.scottishcommunityalliance.org.uk/articles/2790/ You can read the Scottish Government consultation documents here:  Allotments – Further Guidance for Local Authorities

Join us and help make Alyth even better!

Membership is voluntary and free of charge. It entitles members to attend ADT’s Annual General Meetings and to take part in decisions taken by the ADT membership. However, there is no obligation to attend or participate in ADT meetings or activities. Membership of ADT is a way of strengthening ADT’s relationships within our community and helps us to obtain grant funding for projects to improve our town.

Download the Membership application form 2018 today.

Annual General Meeting 2018 – book your place now!

We’re delighted to announce the Annual General Meeting of Alyth Development Trust on Wednesday 13 June 2018, starting at 7.30 pm, at the Community Wing, Alyth.

The AGM is a highpoint of our year, at which our Members have the chance to hear the latest on what ADT has achieved and what its plans are for the future.  Please do put the date in your diary as soon as possible, and the Directors very much look forward to seeing you at the AGM and hearing what you think.

The meeting will, as usual, consider the accounts and Directors’ reports for the year ended 31 March 2018, and also make retrials, appointments and re-appointments of Directors of the Company under Articles 67-72 of our Memorandum and Articles of Association (MAA) – the legal document that governs our activities.

We will circulate the Agenda and other AGM papers at the end of this month, but there is an important matter to discuss and approve and we wanted to give you plenty of time to consider it before the meeting.

We are making changes in the MAA for three important reasons:

  1. To comply with our new charitable status, which was conferred by the Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator on 26 July 2017.
  2. To enable our registration with the Scottish Government under the Community Right to Buy legislation (Part 2 of the Land Reform (Scotland) Act 2003) which allows communities to register an interest in land and the opportunity to buy that land when it comes up for sale.
  3. To amend errors in the numbering system of the articles.

The details of these changes can be viewed by clicking on “About Alyth Development Trust” at the top of this page and scrolling down to “Legal documents”.

If you require a proxy vote, please visit the “AGM 2018” page and download the form, which must be returned by 7.30pm on Wednesday 13 June 2018 to the above address, or handed into the AGM prior to the start. Please note that Associate Members and non-Members cannot vote or be considered for election as a Director.

If you are interested in becoming a Director of Alyth Development Trust, please email Marian Bruce, Acting Chair of Alyth Development Trust on AlythDevelopmentTrust@gmail.com or call her on 01828 632816. Completed application forms should be returned to the registered office by Friday 8th June 2018.

Please note that a list of applications received for the position of Director will be posted on the ADT Facebook page by Monday 11 June 2018 and announced at the AGM.

We look forward to seeing you on Wednesday 13 June 2018, 7.30 pm, Community Wing of Alyth Primary School, Alyth.  There’s a limit on how many people we can host so please book your ticket now on our Facebook page.

Your chance to comment on the Market Square plans


Perth & Kinross Council have organised a public “drop-in” event for Alyth residents to comment on the latest designs for the Market Square regeneration project.

Come along to the to the Ogilvie Rooms, Commercial Street, Alyth on Thursday 3rd May 2018 between 4pm and 7pm, to view and ask questions about the revised designs for improving Alyth Town Centre at a drop in session as part of the Placecheck initiative 

All welcome! 

You can download a large-scale pdf of the plans here: Alyth Square revised sketch proposals 2018 03 29

Support for growing social enterprises

A programme offering funding and business support to new and growing social enterprises is open for applications.

The Bank of Scotland Social Entrepreneurs Trade Up Programme is run in partnership with the School for Social Entrepreneurs and jointly funded by Big Lottery Fund Scotland.

The Trade Up Programme is open to Scotland-based organisations generating at least £15,000 a year and looking to grow their income.

Click on the image for more details.

Scottish Parliament investigating bank closures – have your say

The closure of more than a third of Scotland’s banks since 2010 is set to come under the microscope, as the Scottish Parliament’s Economy, Jobs and Fair Work Committeecalls on local businesses and consumers to ‘speak out’ on the impact on local communities and economic growth.

Convener of the Economy, Jobs and Fair Work Committee, Gordon Lindhurst MSP said:

“For Scotland to lose more than a third of its banks in just 7 years seems a staggering statistic. This inquiry will work to respond to significant public concern that the impact of closures is felt most in places where no viable alternative exists.

“We are calling on small businesses and consumers to speak out on vital questions, such as: Will closures of local banks have an impact on your business? What is the impact of local ATMs closing or imposing charges for transactions? And how do bank closures impact on your local high street?

“The committee wants to know what can be done to help remedy a seemingly relentless decline in Scotland’s banks. Crucially, what are the alternatives that can help support local businesses and communities, and enable them to thrive for the benefit of all?”

A copy of the Committee’s survey can be found here. It will run until Friday 23 March 2018. The call for written views can be found below; these should be sent to the Committee by Friday 13 April 2018.

Read the full press release here: http://www.parliament.scot/newsandmediacentre/107982.aspx

Successful first defibrillator training session

Almost 40 Alyth folk braved the cold last night (14 March) to turn out for the first of what we hope will be a series of Defibrillator Training Sessions this year.  Martin Hagan from the Community Heartbeat Trust (CHT) travelled all the way from Rutland to deliver the session with style and humour.  He explained how the human heart works and what could make it stop, and set out clearly and simply what to do if someone collapses, with handy hints and memory aids on how to administer effective CPR.  He also demonstrated the hi-tech defibrillator that CHT has now installed in the squinty phonebox on Market Square, with generous funding from The Collective UK.  We’re now waiting to hear about funding to install two further defibrillators locally – one in New Alyth and one in the Alyth Den carpark.  Get in touch if you’d like to be kept informed about further training sessions or if you’d like to join our list of volunteers to help check our defibrillators weekly and make sure they stay in tip-top life-saving condition.