A PROPOSAL for a community pub in Muthill was just one of the items arising at the recent Community Futures meeting in Muthill.
Proponents of such a scheme would like to see some sort of social hub for the village in the form of a cafe or pub that would be run by the community.
“We decided to bill it as a community pub in order to catch people’s attention and it certainly did that,” volunteer Claire Mullen told the Herald. “At the moment, it is very much an ideas gathering exercise and an attempt to clarify what people meant by their desire for a social hub as Muthill already has a pub, The Commercial Hotel.
“Ultimately it is a big project so we need to build as much support as we can before we attempt to take it to the next stage.
“Helen Harkin from the Commercial came along to the meeting and we will all be working together as the Action Plan also expresses a desire to ‘Support... existing facilities’.”
Also on the agenda and a bit further along in the planning stages is the Renewable Energy Project.
The potential for a community owned and operated renewable energy system is currently being investigated.
There is an increasing move in small and large communities across the country to become active in this field, and it is believed such a project could earn money which could be used to support Muthill’s development
The next stage of the renewable energy scheme is to secure grant funding to allow a detailed feasibility study to be carried out.
Claire explained: “This is an opportunity which has the potential to generate income for the village which will enable us to fund the other projects in the Action Plan.
The ambitious Community Futures project is seeing Muthill residents play an active role in deciding the future of their village.
Priority actions also include the development of a safe cycleway to Crieff, the reduction of the impacts of traffic and improvements to the physical environment of the village.
The project is being run by a steering group representing organisations from across the community, such as the Public Hall Committee, Muthill Community Development Association and the community council.
Five teams are working on the Action Plan in the areas of Community Facilities and Activities; Local Economy, Housing and Renewable Energy; Roads, Traffic and Infrastructure; Village Environment and Outdoor Recreation, and Public Transport Cycle Routes and Path Networks.
Claire added: “We are very much on the starting blocks at the moment, exploring how we all work together, where to go from here, how we engage with other bodies in the village etc. Jacqueline Walsh from PKC is helping us with this and we are considering an application to ACE which is a support programme for groups such as ours, funded by the National Lottery.”
All the teams could do with more help and volunteers are being sought to make the whole project as inclusive as possibly.
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