Update on Tullymurdoch Wind-farm

During March, Wood Group plc will be bringing through Alyth the major components for the seven wind-turbines they are building up at Tullymurdoch.

The turbine blades and support towers are very large items, so there will be temporary traffic and parking restrictions along both sides of the B952 Airlie Street and Bamff Road from its junction with Isla Road to its junction with the Alyth Den Car Park entrance.

Wood Group says: “These restrictions will be in place from 1 March 2018 for a period of eight weeks. Pedestrian and emergency vehicular access to premises will be maintained throughout. We thank you for your patience over the last couple of months and apologise for any inconvenience caused.”

“Story of Place” workshops – getting the rural voice heard

Please see below email sent on behalf of Steven Stewart, Chair of Story of Place Board and Director of Communications at Stagecoach Group

Perth and the region place marketing – workshops

As I’m sure you’ll agree, economic success is good news for each and every business based in Perth and the region. A more successful economic area means more jobs, more visitors, increased investment, improved skills and more money in the local economy – which is something we’d all like to see.

We have a fantastic set of assets, but we believe that much more needs to be done to raise the profile and image of the place to make potential investors, workers and visitors aware of our offer, with a view to securing more investment, stimulating more visitor spending and attracting more talent to the area.

One of our priorities is to build on the success of previous work further with partner organisations and the business community to develop the ‘story’ for Perth and the region, identifying what makes us distinctive, and creating a competitive, coherent and compelling narrative and brand proposition that we can all use as ambassadors for the area.

We would very much welcome your insight and opinions in support of this piece of work to help us shape that story by attending an interactive workshop to collect your insight, thoughts and knowledge of Perth and the region.

We are holding three workshops during March, at different times of the day in different locations. We really hope that you will be able to attend one of the below workshops, and be involved in this exciting project.

6th March, 6 – 7.30pm – Birnam Arts Station Rd, Birnam, Dunkeld PH8 0DS

7th March, 8 – 9.30am – Perth Concert Hall, Mill Street, Perth PH1 5HZ

8th March, 8 – 9.30am – The Green Hotel, 2 The Muirs Kinross KY13 8AS

To register to attend please contact Jennifer McGregor on jennifermcgregor@pkc.gov.uk or 01738 475397.

We very much hope that you will be able to be involved in this exciting project. Please do not hesitate to forward this invitation on to other colleagues who may be interested or want to be involved.

Yours sincerely,

Steven Stewart
Chair of Story of Place Project Board
Partnership with Perth and Kinross Council

Defibrillator training session sold out

We’re pleased to report that all the tickets for our Defibrillator Training Session on 14 March have now been booked. Apologies to those who haven’t been able to book on this occasion, but we are planning further training sessions later in the year. If you’d like to be added to the list for those sessions, or in case there are any cancellations for 14 March, please message us through Facebook or email us on alythdevelopmenttrust@gmail.com

Sign up now for defibrillator training

Booking is now open for our Defibrillator Training Session, on 14 March at the Ogilvie Rooms, Commercial Street, Alyth, from 7.30pm until 9.30pm.

Trainer Martin Fagan from the Community Heartbeat Trust will take you through what to do in an emergency and how to use the new publicly-available defibrillator installed in the ‘squinty’ phonebook on Market Square.

Full details and online booking here:  https://www.facebook.com/events/538391419876601/

If you know someone who’d like to attend but doesn’t have internet access, there are paper booking forms in the Library, Alyth Hotel, Cafe in the Square and The Singing Kettle.  Or you can phone 01828 632816 to book a place.

Sharing Best Practice: Paths for All running “Dementia and the Outdoors” event

If you’re involved in building or maintaining paths in the outdoors, this could be for you.  Paths for All are running a half-day workshop looking at how we can make our path networks more accessible to people living with dementia.

Date: Thursday 1st March 2018
Time: 10:00 – 13:30
Venue: Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC), Oatridge Campus

Register here: http://pathsforall.cmail20.com/t/t-l-kuhhpy-ptyjihtlu-j/

Being active in the outdoors has many benefits for people living with dementia. It’s good for physical and mental health, can reduce social isolation and help maintain independence. However, there are still many barriers to people living with dementia being able to access the outdoors and greenspace in their day-to-day lives. This workshop will begin to explore some of the positive steps that we can make to involve people living with dementia in the design of our path networks.

There’ll be speakers from the Dementia Services Development Centre at the University of Stirling, DEEP (Dementia Engagement and Empowerment Project) and Paths for All’s Dementia Friendly Walking team.

Who should attend?

Those working to support and improve access to outdoor environments and greenspace including outdoor access professionals and community path groups

If you have any questions, please email carl.greenwood@pathsforall.org.uk

Fascinating lesson plans based on Cateran ‘100 Objects’ project

There’s some fascinating stuff in a fabulous set of primary school lesson plans created recently by Alyth-based primary school teacher (and ADT director) Nicky Macfarlane out of the ‘A Story of the Cateran Trail in 100 Objects’ project run by Cateran’s Common Wealth.  You can scroll through them here:  http://commonculture.org.uk/lesson-plans/ 
Do have a browse through them – I guarantee you’ll learn something surprising that you didn’t know about Alyth and its environs.
Many thanks to Clare Cooper, co-producer of Cateran’s Common Wealth, for sharing them with us.

More on the new Market Square defibrillator

Update on the new defibrillator in the Market Square: we’re planning a community seminar and training session in March in association with the Community Heartbeat Trust on what to do in an emergency – watch this space for more details. In the meantime, the box is programmed to talk you through what needs to be done, and here’s a handy cribsheet on steps to take in an emergency. The important thing to do first is to phone 999 and the ambulance service will talk you through getting access to the box. If you don’t have a phone on you, the shops, cafe, hotel and even private houses nearby will help in an emergency.

Some have asked why we need a security access code.  We decided on a locked box to avoid vandalism as itis in such a public place and to ensure that the defib was available when needed.  Some boxes elsewhere are unlocked, but they are inside halls or other community facilities. In any emergency the first thing to do before you try to use any defib is to PHONE AN AMBULANCE (or get someone else to do this).

So if you don’t have phone you borrow one or go into a shop or the hotel or café – this is an emergency!
There are not many times in the town when a phone will not be available from someone to use. The ambulance service will give you the code help you with what to do if you are not first-aid trained.

We’re planning a community seminar about this in March in association with the Community Heartbeat Trust  to inform folk about cardiac arrest and what to do in such an emergency. However, even if you are not trained the box will guide you through what to do – it literally speaks to you and tells you how to use it.

You can also download the poster as a pdf if you prefer: DrsABCPoster

First Publicly Available Defibrillator Installed

We’ve just installed the first of three defibrillators to help save lives in and around Alyth.

Defibrillators are life-saving machines used to re-start someone’s heart if they have a heart attack. In a rural community like Alyth, fast access to an ambulance is not always possible, yet there is only a window of five minutes to re-start a stopped heart before fatal brain damage is done – so access to these machines needs to be fast.

J W Wheatley & Son installed the first defibrillator in the squinty phone box in the Market Square yesterday (18 January) and reconnected the electrical power supply which helps keep the equipment frost-free in the winter months. We’re now finalising the paperwork to enable the Scottish Ambulance Service to switch it on.

When it’s live, anyone needing to use it must phone 999 to get the security access code to open the box and access the defibrillator. The security access code means the life-saving equipment in the box is secure until it is needed, and we hope everyone in Alyth will help keep it safe from vandals and challenge anyone who is trying to damage it – your life could literally depend on it!

We are planning a community training session in the Spring on how to deal with a cardiac arrest emergency and how to use the defibrillator – details and date to follow soon. Don’t worry if you can’t get to this training session. In the event of someone having a heart attack and needing the defibrillator the equipment is designed to be used by any member of the public without any training. When you open the box the machine speaks to you and guides you through exactly what to do.

IMPORTANT – remember to always phone for an ambulance first before you try to use any defibrillator.

We’re immensely grateful to to The Collective Dairy (makers of amazingly tasty yoghurt – the one with the black lid and the cow’s head on) for funding the first of Alyth’s publicly accessible defibrillators in the Market Square. Their donation is in memory of Mike Hodgson, co-founder of The Collective UK, who tragically passed away in August 2015 after suffering a sudden cardiac arrest while riding his bike in the Lake District. We hope that their kind donation will be a life saver for anyone in Alyth in the unfortunate position of needing a defibrillator.

We’re also very thankful to the Drumderg Wind-Farm Community Fund for a micro-grant of £300 enabling us to reconnect the electrical power supply to the phone box.

We’ll be submitting a Drumderg application in early February to fund another two defibrillators, one for New Alyth and one for the Den Car Park.

PS: Just in case you think the defibrillator box looks a bit squint, it is actually level but the phone box itself is squint! We found out that it would cost about £2000 to get the phone box straight, so we hope most people will agree that this wouldn’t be best use of such a large amount of community funding.

Community Path Grants and training now available

Paths For All, the government-funded charity, have been in touch with ADT promoting their grants and training.  Small grants of up to £3000 are available to communities in Scotland to develop, deliver and promote their own community led active travel projects.  PFA is also running a range of training courses on how to design, build and maintain community paths.