Making the Most of Aden Country Park The “Making the Most of Aden Country Park” project’s main aim is to make full use of Aden Country Park's rich cultural and environmental resources to improve, regenerate, and sustain the Park for future generations.
Development Worker, Neil Shirran, having developed the Aden Country Park strategic plan is now implementing and delivering on this ambitious plan by encouraging internal and external partners to work together to promote, regenerate, and increase participation and public access to the Aden Country Park and all its amenities.
The success of this project is being measured in numerous ways including a large increase in visitor numbers, an increase in community involvement in the park, and by being recognized as a park of real quality by receiving the prestigious Green Flag Award for the fourth year running.
New Pitsligo Bakery Plans for a New Pitsligo Bakery to become a Social Firm moved a step forward with the news that Fraserburgh Development Trust has been awarded a Development Funding grant by the Big Lottery towards the project.
Buchan Development partnership is assisting with this work engaging the Community Council, local school, young people, workers and village residents .
It has involved circulating questionnaires, setting up a bakery Face book page, a survey monkey and organizing a series of events where villagers in New Pitsligo had the opportunity to discuss the project and put forward their views.
The project would safeguard around 28 jobs locally, as well as see a new-build factory and training facility constructed on the outskirts of the village.
Village Halls and Community Facilities The partnership has worked with a number of villages on capital projects to improve an existing facility that meets an identified need in the community. Groups have been supported to ensure they are appropriately set up and are in a position to attract funding and offering hands on help.
During the year, BDP worked with several halls and community facilities, including
St Combs, St John’s, St Fergus, Ritchie Hall, Rora Hall, Buchanhaven Hall and Boddam Hall.
MACBI Mintlaw and Central Buchan Initiative was established to address the lack of sport, recreational and leisure facilities in the Central Buchan area as identified by a Planning for Real exercise and Community Planning. The project was to build a multi purpose centre, with sport as its key focus, to service the communities of Central Buchan. The long awaited building was opened to the public in March 2014.
BDP worked with the group since the early stages, once the building became operational our role was a supporting and enabling one, providing support to the management team and volunteers. We continued to work with the board to enable them to identify and access funding to progress the facility and furbish the interior, gym, cafe, soft play area and outdoor area.