‘It’s only a ghost town when you look up’: How Dumfries town centre could thrive through re-population
Dumfries town centre was once a major source of housing: now just one man lives on the high street. But community activists have a plan to change that.
IN 2016, ITV ran a piece on Dumfries, situated on the south-west of Scotland close to the border, titled “Dumfries ‘close to becoming a ghost town’”.
CS Special Week of Coverage on Scotland's Towns & Places
CommonSpace will be travelling to Dumfries, Motherwell and Ayr as part of a special week of coverage on Scotland’s towns and places
SCOTLAND’S towns are facing the double whammy of austerity and the rise of internet and out-of-town shopping.
Local authorities across Scotland are currently passing budgets with severe cuts to local services, including key aspects of community life: swimming pools, libraries and community centres.
Community-franchise bank branches could be on the horizon for rural Scotland
‘Community Junction’ will seek to pilot 12 community hub-based bank branches within 18 months
THE OUTLOOK for rural communities in the face of a slew of bank branch closures just got a little brighter, if the ambitious plans of retired accountant Jeff Payne are anything to go by.
Don’t mourn the loss of high street shops – replace them with something better, community ownership advocates say
CommonSpace spoke to leading voices in community regeneration to find solutions to ‘high street decline’
COMMUNITIES are already working together to create vibrant town centres and more should follow suit, community ownership and regeneration organisations have argued, responding to concerns around ‘high street decline’.
Figures published last week by consultants PwC indicated that 290 high street shops in Scotland closed in 2017, leading to concerns for what lies ahead for Scotland’s town centres.
Glasgow community 'devastated' after funding blow for Govanhill Baths
One of Glasgow's most treasured community hubs is facing a fresh funding crisis
CAMPAIGNERS supporting one of Glasgow's most treasured community hubs have hit out after discovering that a bid for Scottish Government funding to aid in the regeneration of Govanhill Baths had been rejected for a second year.
‘Delight’ as community set to buy land from estate that carried out Highland Clearances
Renewable funds success boost Sutherland community land buyout plans
A THEE-THOUSAND ACRE community buyout plan on the east coast of Sutherland has now secured a double victory in locating financial support for the purchase from the Sutherland private estate.
Garbh Allt Community Initiative, for the townships of Marrel, West Helmsdale, Gartymore and Portgower, have achieved substantial progress towards a buyout of land surrounding Helmsdale.
Report: Mapping economic potential in North East Glasgow
40 derelict sites identified for ‘asset based community development’ regeneration strategy
AHEAD of the Scottish local elections next week, a new report by Common Weal has highlighted how the north-east of Glasgow could be transformed if derelict sites were used by the community to rebuild the local economy.
Reversing the clearances: Helmsdale backs Sutherland community land buyout
Overwhelming support for community land buyout on Sutherland coast
VILLAGE RESIDENTS IN EAST SUTHERLAND have overwhelming backed a plan to take ownership of its surrounding land.
The Garbh Allt Community Initiative for the townships of Marrel, West Helmsdale, Gartymore and Portgower, on the East Sutherland coast, returned a 96 per cent Yes vote in a public ballot on a community land buyout of land surrounding Helmsdale from the private Sutherland Estate.
How community activists hope to buyout the village of Wanlockhead
CommonSpace speak to Lincoln Richford about how his village can own its land
HISTORIAN JIM HUNTER calls it a “revolution”. Across Scotland over half a million acres of land is now owned by the community that lives there. Mostly confined to the Highlands and Islands, the movement for community land ownership is now spreading across the rest of the country.
Wanlockhead could become a key test case for the south of Scotland. For months, villagers have prepared a campaign to buy their land from the country’s largest private landowner - the Duke of Buccleuch.