Eyemouth’s strong core of community groups have been working together on finding out what residents think needs to be done to ensure the town’s future.
A six strand plan has been drawn up by the Vision4Eyemouth group based on what local people told them and a recent successful application for a Scottish Borders Council quality of life grant will be used to get expert help in drawing up a comprehensive town plan along with a job description and grant funding for a town plan manager.
The six areas of focus are: Eyemouth being the first port of call from land and sea; a centre of excellence for the marine economy; a green eco town; a healthy town to live in; a beautiful town ; and a friendly town.
As the Vision group starts to work on projects covering the town and natural environment, tourism, employment, housing, retail, sustainability and community, it has become clear that communication between individual projects is essential, hence the need for a town plan manager to act as a link between the different lead groups, ensure that residents’ vision remains at the core and work on the gaps in the town plan that may otherwise be neglected.
Visible evidence of some of the projects can already be seen eg development of The Auld Merket at the harbour by Eyemouth & District Community Trust, and the Vision group is looking at ways of making sure similar projects are done within the town plan.
Quarterly informal networking events are being looked at when particular themes will be discussed, in the hope that people who don’t go to the regular Vision4Eyemouth meetings, or who feel on the fringes, remain engaged in the town plan.