The Friends of Kinneil is doing a study to see what people in the Deanfield area of Bo’ness think about Kinneil Estate and Foreshore.
The group hopes the information will generate greater awareness of the facilities and attractions at both sites – and even attract new money into future projects.
The group has appointed Graeme Kane (29) – pictured – to carry out the study. He will do doorstep surveys and also host drop in sessions at local venues, before writing up a report for the charity.
Graeme – whose parents and grandparents live in Bo’ness – said: “I’m honoured to be appointed.
“I currently live in Dunbar but I am a regular visitor to the estate and foreshore. I like the Roman history and my girlfriend is a keen wildlife photographer. I know how important the place to local people and The Friends of Kinneil and am pleased to be working with them.
“This consultation is an excellent opportunity for local people to get involved with The Friends of Kinneil and potentially help shape future projects in both the Estate and the Foreshore.”
The charity has already produced a newsletter which will be distributed in the Deanfield area, as part of the project.
Maria Ford, the chair of The Friends of Kinneil, said: “We advertised the role of project worker in the Journal and Gazette and on our website and were delighted with the response. We had some excellent applicants, but were particularly impressed by Graeme. We look forward to working with him.”
Funding for the project has been secured through the Growing Communities Fund, a small grants programme aimed at helping local groups and people in regeneration areas to become more involved in their communities. The fund also helps residents influence local services and improve their local areas.
The fund is managed locally by CVS Falkirk and District – using cash from the Scottish Government’s Fairer Scotland Fund.
Local CVS chief executive Kenny Murphy said: “The charity already runs well supported open days at Kinneil House and other activities to promote the Kinneil area. But we know they want to do more.
“Consultation activities like this can help groups build up a clear picture of local needs and help support future funding bids to make improvements. The project may also attract more volunteers to help The Friends of Kinneil. We hope the people of Deanfield will support the consultation process and get involved in some way.”