Auchterarder Community Facilities Fund supports public amenity improvements

A report to the next meeting of Perth & Kinross Council's Environment and Infrastructure Committee will highlight the use, to date, of developer contributions towards the improvement of public amenities in Auchterarder.

Councillors will hear on Wednesday 31 January 2018 that, in line with an agreed development framework for a major expansion of housing in the town, developers are contributing £1,000 per house being sold on the open market to the Council, up to a maximum of £600,000, towards an Auchterarder Community Facilities Fund. The aim of the Fund is to support the delivery of additional facilities for residents, reflecting that the consequent population growth will make further demands on existing provision.

In the first year of the Fund, £155,000 in contributions has been provided, with one funding application for £50,000 assessed and approved under delegated powers by the Executive Director (Environment), following consultation with Auchterarder Community Council, local elected members and the Committee Convener, in line with the fund's operating procedures. The £50,000 has provided support to a major project, identified and prioritised by the local core path working group, to upgrade the Provost's Walk path on the southern boundary of Auchterarder, to make it suitable for both walkers and cyclists. The funding has been transferred to Perth and Kinross Countryside Trust (PKCT) towards the delivery of the project, with financial support also provided by Sustrans, TACTRAN, LEADER, Auchterarder Common Good Fund, Auchterarder & District Community Trust, Auchterarder Community Sports Association and PKCT.

The Committee will be asked to agree that an annual report is produced covering contributions to and allocations from the Fund, and that any future funding applications with a value over £50,000 are brought forward for members to consider.

Environment and Infrastructure Convener, Councillor Colin Stewart commented: "I am pleased that the Auchterarder Community Facilities Fund is already helping to make a difference for the town through support for the Provost's Walk upgrade, which was identified as a priority for action by local residents.

The Fund is there to assist with improving public facilities, in light of the significant expansion of Auchterarder through new housing developments, and I hope this first application will encourage community groups and organisations in the town to come forward with further proposals for enhancing local amenity in the Lang Toon."