Steinmeyer Legacy Funding Proposals – Community Vote
Votes were cast by 517 people, which is over 1 in four of the village winter time population. Of those, over 72% were aged 65 and over, and most of the others were aged 50 to 64.
The five projects with the highest votes were for spending on: First Response; the Co-Co Bus; St Kessog’s Square; the White Church; and the Rural Hall.
The village showed its huge appreciation of the volunteers providing the First Response, and its emergency assistance before the arrival of professional paramedics. Local people also clearly value the Comrie Community Bus (the Co-Co Bus). This is the village’s long standing answer to assisting with rural transport needs in the community. Through the community survey earlier this year, many older people had looked for help to get down to the village, and this wish has now been repeated. St Kessog’s Square is an area of land saved from commercial development, and now owned by the local parish church.
There are plans to create a mixed use area suitable for all within the area and visitors alike. The village has now voted for legacy funding to help ensure that the Square becomes a focal part of the community at the heart of the village. Local people have also chosen to invest in improvements to their village halls. They have voted to fund loop systems in the White Church Community Centre to assist those with hearing impairments. The village has also voted to contribute towards the redevelopment of the Rural Hall and the plans to bring this much used hall up to modern standards
The whole exercise has been a huge team effort with the CDT office printing, 23 people delivering letters and voting forms, and 11 people involved in the count over several hours yesterday.
The group yesterday also conducted the votes for membership of the elected Legacy Committee. The 10 people elected were Gillian Brock, Joyce Carnegie, Joan Carmichael, Lynne Douglas, Mary Gavin, Ken Heiser, Gordon McCartney, Andrew Reid, Barbara Stewart, and Dr. Philip Tipping.