Coldstream plans for a bright future

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Coldstream now has a town action plan outlining what local residents want it to look like in the short, medium and long term.

Residents, businesses, visitors and organisations in the town were all asked to share their vision for the town and their responses have formed the basis of the plan’s 15 key action points which will be the focus of future projects.

The town’s community council and community trust worked on the action plan with consultants Creetown and they presented the plan at a town forum meeting in Coldstream Community Centre.

At the meeting Coldstream & District Community Council chairman, Martin Brims said “We needed a coherent plan that ties things together.

“The new plan needed to: be community driven; able to boost the local economy; increase community capacity; be ambitious; and be flexible.

“Grant funders and agencies such as Scottish Borders Council require evidence of community support and this action plan brings together the various strands.”

Coldstream Community Trust chairman, Rannoch Daly, outlined the action points identified in the plan, explaining that the first three were about taking the various projects forward - deciding which body would lead on delivering the plan (Coldstream Community Trust Development Committee), appointment of a development officer to work on deliver, and outlining the vision.

Top of the list of priorities to improve the town was increased parking, followed by better public toilets, a community gym and a caravan and camp site for the town.

Creation of a Business Improvement District will be looked into and developing themed festivals to bring visitors to the town will also be considered.

A new play park is on the wish list and the Coldstream Outdoor Play Project committee have this well in hand already, with support from Scottish Borders Council.

The final four points look at: mapping the valley (creating leaflets outlining walking and cycling routes with places to visit and information boards); better signage; affordable housing; a farmers market; and a range of projects to reduce isolation of elderly residents.