Former mining community looks to the future

Pivot Centre - Moodiesburn'Open day'22nd October 2011'pic: Roberto Cavieres
Pivot Centre - Moodiesburn'Open day'22nd October 2011'pic: Roberto Cavieres

AMBITIOUS plans have been unveiled to breathe new life into a former mining community.

More than 350 residents had their say in shaping the future for Moodiesburn at a special open day recently.

The event was organised to draw up a five-year action plan for the village.

Locals found out more about the results of surveys carried out in the area over recent months and voted for their top priorities.

The votes will also help decide how a £30,000 funding package, put up by the Coalfields Regeneration Trust, will be used to kick-start the action plan.

Residents’ priorities include improved sports facilities, more shops and community resources such as parks and play areas for children, and better transport links.

Activities for young people, a more visible police presence and traffic calming measures were also high on the villagers’ wish list of priorities.

Willie Doolan, chairperson of the Moodiesburn Regeneration Group, which is spearheading the ambitious project, said: “It was a brilliant day and we can’t thank the people of the area enough for their interest and enthusiasm.

“The Coalfields Regeneration Trust has done a fantastic job by putting up the funds to help us get some of the best and most pressing ideas off the ground.”

He added: “There is a general feeling in Moodiesburn that we have wall to wall housing and very few of the amenities that would normally be found in a community of this size.

“We need to get the infrastructure right before we start building any more houses.”

The regeneration group will use the results of the surveys and public vote to draw up an action plan for Moodiesburn by the end of the year.

Nicky Wilson, Scottish trustee of the Coalfields Regeneration Trust, said: “We are absolutely delighted with the way the people of Moodiesburn have responded to our challenge to work together to plan for the future of the area.”

The open day, held in the village’s Pivot Centre, also included performances from a pipe band, Auchengeich Boxing Club, Tai Kwon Do and local dance groups, as well as activities for children.