The vision for Eyemouth’s regeneration is clear. Townsfolk know what they want, and a team of dedicated residents are now making it happen.
Eyemouth & District Community Trust is now a SCIO (Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation) and their planning is now well on track to deliver some of the bigger projects for the town - a multi-million pound innovation centre, and a community space (Chill Space) at the old fish market.
For two years information about what Eyemouth folk would like to see in the town has been gathered and six main areas identified: a first port of call from land and sea; a centre of marine excellence; and an eco town that is healthy, beautiful and friendly.
The hard work has started and the first visible signs of Eyemouth’s ‘vision’ becoming a reality are starting to be seen. Work continues behind the scenes on community projects and now the “vision” of businesses needs addressed.
With the professional help of project manager, Heather Gordon, the Chill Space, rented from Eyemouth Harbour Trust, should soon be up and running. The trustees see the final plans today (Thursday), a project officer is about to be appointed, funding has been sought and the community space will be used for fruit/veg markets, craft markets, as a music venue, performing space to name just a few ideas so far.
An open day will be held in the coming weeks for local people to meet the new project officer and it should be up and running by October/November.
“The idea is to invite the community to see the plans, invite groups along who can use the space and show people how it could be used,” said Anne McNeil. “The community has a vital role and it’s important for everyone to be involved.”
An options appraisal for where an innovative eco centre for the town should be sited produced a number of options - the disused town hall the preferred option - and trustees are currently applying for funding to bring on board architects and a project officer to draw up a business plan for Eyemouth’s latest visionary development.
six strands for a plan of action for Eyemouth were identified:
1 A first port of call from land and sea
2 A centre of marine excellence
3 An eco town
4 A healthy town
5 A friendly town
6 A beautiful town