Story Box treasure trove moves to Library

The treasure trove of stories about Alyth through the centuries currently housed in the “Story Box”, an old red phone box on Market Square, was transferred to Alyth Museum in April as the project comes to an end. The public WiFi hub in the box will continue to be available until the current BT broadband contract expires in December.

Since the Story Box was opened in 2017, visitors have been able to listen to any of more than 150 recordings from around Alyth simply by lifting the receiver in the phone box. The phone box is now closed, but the electronic innards which store and play the recordings have been moved to Alyth Museum and will still be accessible when the Museum reopens in May. The recordings have also been archived in the AK Bell Library in Perth.

Sound artists worked with locals to record stories and sounds from the present, oral histories from within living memory, and recreated stories and sounds from the distant past. Former residents with a keen interest in supporting the project also recorded and sent stories from as far away as Canada. The recordings include tales of the Picts from pre-history and the monks of Alyth’s 5th-century Church; the legends and myths from the area, farming life, the people, industry and shops of this historic market town.

The stories also paint an audio portrait of the present-day people and how the remarkable community spirit of this town helped it survive the devastating flash flood of July 2015. The future of Alyth is told through imagined stories and songs written by the young people of the town recorded during digital and sound technology workshops run by the project in Alyth Primary School and Alyth Youth Partnership.

The Story Box was part of the 2017 launch programme for the Cateran’s Common Wealth initiative (www.commonculture.org.uk) which was supported through significant in-kind donations from individuals and businesses in Alyth and funded by Alyth Community Council, Creative Scotland, The Drumderg Windfarm Community Fund, The Gannochy Trust, The Heritage Lottery Fund, The People’s Postcode Lottery Fund, Rural Perth & Kinross LEADER programme, Perth & Kinross Council, Scotmid Community Fund and the St James Place Foundation.

Story Box Project creator, director and Alyth resident Marian Bruce said “It has been a pleasure to work with the people in my own community to create this audio archive of our town. I would like to thank everyone who has contributed to the project. These stories are the soul of Alyth and are now saved for future generations. Some will also have another life as part of the recordings for the new Cateran Ecomuseum, which celebrates the cultural and natural heritage of our home.”

Community Projects Fund now open for applications

Here to help you help our community!
Our new Alyth Community Projects Fund (ACPF) is now open for the first round of applications. Alyth Development Trust (ADT) has an agreement with Tullymurdoch Ltd, who operate the new windfarm just northeast of Alyth, to distribute the community benefit funds they are donating to the community of Alyth.  We’re allocating 35% of the money each year to individuals and organisations in our community through the ACPF.  Find out more and download the application form from our Projects page

Strathmore Cycle Network – leaflet and map now available

The map shows various routes between Alyth and Rattray, including the newly-built stretch of multi-user path (in red)

The three local development trusts creating the Strathmore Cycle Network have published a leaflet describing the first phase of the £1.6-million project. The leaflet includes a specially-commissioned map showing the newly-built multi-user path opened late last year, together with the “green routes” – walking and cycling friendly country lanes – recently designated by Perth & Kinross Council. The leaflet also includes useful information about the Network and background on the organisations behind it. The leaflet is being made available in various locations around the district, or you can download a pdf from here. And find out more about the Strathmore Cycle Network on our Projects page.

Strathmore Cycle Network officially opens

 

Local schoolchildren have formally opened the first phase of a new £1.6million network of cycling and walking routes in eastern Perthshire.

The 2.5km (1.5 miles) first phase is a specially constructed path linking country lanes between Alyth and Rattray.

The new path is the first section of what will be known as the Strathmore Cycle Network, connecting Alyth, Blairgowrie/Rattray and Coupar Angus.  

The development trusts in the three towns set up a Steering Group to create the Strathmore Cycle Network, which has already raised more than £250,000 towards the total cost.

Find out more on our Projects page.

Detailed planning permission sought for Glenisla Golf Course development

This is the revised masterplan for the major development being proposed for the former Glenisla Golf Course site. The developers have lodged this along with their application for detailed planning permission for the first phase – the 60-bed care home/dementia care unit and 20 new houses outlined in red at the top left of the plan. The first phase of works would also include a biomass boiler, a pumping station and two entrance buildings as well as a new access road from Meethill Road (seen at the top of the plan), and three commercial units in what is currently the Pitcrocknie Restaurant carpark at the right of the plan above.

Future phases of development would see around 180 further houses built across the site, with new roads and landscaping throughout. The developers say that a children’s nursery and possibly shops could be included in future phases, and land immediately to the west of the site (ie, towards Alyth itself) could be available for ‘community-based projects’. The developers claim that around 130 permanent jobs would be created for the town of Alyth alone when the development is mature, generating £3.5m for the local economy.

Perth & Kinross Council are now considering the application and are due to decide in the next couple of months on whether to grant detailed planning permission.

This is an artist’s impression of what the care home might look like, and below is a detailed plan of the first phase featuring the care home and 20 houses.
See full details of the application on the PKC planning website: http://bit.ly/2MaROOq

Government urged to take key actions on the future of Scotland’s rural economy presented to Government

A report highlighting ten key outcomes to ensure a sustainable future for the rural economy in Scotland has been presented to the Scottish Government following one of the biggest consultations in recent years.

The consultation, which was coordinated by the National Council of Rural Advisers (NCRA), an independent body providing advice and recommendations on rural policy to the Scottish Government, took place earlier this year.

130 responses and comments were received in response to an initial discussion document that was drawn up by the NCRA following a series of workshops and events across the country.

The recommendations made in the report, which is described as a blueprint for Scotland’s rural economy, include recognition of the strategic importance of the rural economy and ensuring that it is included within all policy and decision-making processes.

The report also recommends developing an interim rural economic framework to provide a structure for the development and implementation of a new approach to rural policy, development support and investment.

The creation of a rural economy action group to ensure that the recommendations of the report are set in place and that those involved are held to account is also called for in the report.

The report features Alyth’s very own Piotr Gudan (pictured above) who runs his adventure company Outdoor Explore from The Barony on Commercial Street.

Links to the full press release, the report and consultation responses can be viewed online at www.ncra.scot

Strathmore Cycle Network makes more progress

Two key parts of the Strathmore Cycle Network will soon be in place following Perth & Kinross Council’s approval of several new ‘Green Routes’ across the county.  

Green Routes are country lanes normally narrower than 4m, where 40 mph speed limits are imposed making them friendlier for walkers and cyclists.  There are already 19 such routes in Perth & Kinross, and the Council has now approved five new ones, two of which are key components of the Strathmore Cycle Network. 

One of these includes the minor roads from Bothrie to Burnhead, and from Blacklaw to the bridge over the River Isla at Boat of Bardmony.  This will connect New Alyth with the eastern end of the new multi-user path that has just been constructed by the Strathmore Cycle Network and local landowners, connecting Blacklaw with Ashgrove Road in Rattray.

The other new Green Route is the network of lanes southeast of Blairgowrie linking Rosemount, Parkhead, Myreriggs, Coupar Grange and Bendochy.  This will link to the proposed new multi-user path coming out of Coupar Angus and over the Couttie Bridge, completing the Blairgowrie-Coupar Angus section of there Strathmore Cycle Network.

The other three Green Routes that have been approved are at Muthill, Longforgan, and Aberargie.  The Council says that discussions with elected members, local communities and cycling groups indicate that the Green Routes are very popular with road users, and they’re sure that the new routes will be no different.

The Council’s formal approval of the new routes will allow traffic regulation orders to be prepared and advertised, with any objections being considered by a Council committee.  All being well, the new Green Routes should be a reality by next Spring. 

The Strathmore Cycle Network is an ambitious plan to create a £1.6-million network of cycling and walking routes designed to connect Alyth. Blairgowrie/Rattray and Coupar Angus, improving road safety and helping to cut carbon emissions and pollution.

The development trusts in the three town have already raised more than £250,000 towards the total, which is being invested in the new path between Alyth and Rattray as well as the design of the new path from Coupar Angus to Bendochy.

See all the new Green Routes on this PKC document: New Green Routes