Kinross-shire Almond and Earn Community

Almond and Earn

Almond and Earn contains a number of small communities which follow the course of the River Almond and the lower course of the River Earn. The main settlements are close to Perth City. The area is mostly rural, containing many farms and hamlets. The various settlements tend to look to Perth for services rather than links between each other or Kinross. There are three Community Councils in Almond & Earn Ward.

Bridge of Earn (population 2,709), known locally as ‘Brig,’ lies where the River Earn joins the Tay Estuary. There has been a bridge in the town crossing the Earn for 700 years. In recent years, the town has seen extensive new housing developments. Many of the people living in Bridge of Earn commute to Perth, Dundee or Edinburgh for employment.

Forgandenny (population 627) sits 20 minutes by bus to the South of Perth. The village is home to Strathallan School as well as its own village primary.

Almondbank (population 1,094) is a village on the western edge of Perth City. The expansion of Perth has meant that Almondbank now sits very close to the edge of the city. The village still retains its own identity due to a strong community desire to do so.

Methven is village of 1,094 people with a strong sense of community spirit. The residents have made a difference to their local area by securing funding to improve the community centre and local park. Friends of Methven Park are active in enhancing the local environment.

Abernethy (population 1,429) is a small village downstream from Bridge of Earn and eight miles South-East of Perth. The village is visited by a mobile library, bank and post office. Village Crier’ is the local newsletter published on a quarterly basis.

Oudenarde is a new settlement, which is 1 mile from Bridge of Earn. It was planned to have around 1,200 new homes but only 124 were built and there are no immediate plans for further development. Oudenarde does not have a school or shops or even bus stops leaving a small community of residents with no community facilities and amenities. There is a constituted Community Group who aim to establish the development of a community hub for the families in Oudenarde, part funding has been raised to achieve this.

Kinross-shire

The landscape of Kinross-shire is important to local identity, especially Loch Leven and the distinctive hills that surround it, which hKinrossas a
profound impact on the tourism and the local economy in the area. The main settlements are situated around Loch Leven, which is a popular tourist destination and place of great historical interest.

Kinross-shire is a historic county which became part of Perth & Kinross District Council in 1975. The area retains a distinct identity, reflected in the locally-run media, in the form of www.kinross.cc and a monthly magazine.

Kinross is the largest settlement in the locality, with 4,891 people living in the town in 2011. The town has a rural market town atmosphere, despite its proximity to the M90 motorway. The motorway has made the area a popular place to live for commuters working in Edinburgh. The main community facilities in the town are located at Loch Leven Community Campus, which is home to Kinross High School, a library and a Live Active Leisure facility.

Milnathort (population 1,890) is located on the northern edge of Kinross. It originally developed as a market town, known for its many wool and linen weavers; flax was widely grown in the county. The town is enhanced by the dedicated work of the Milnathort in Bloom Group.

Kinnesswood is a small village of 482 people, nestled at the foot of Bishop hill in the Lomond. Kinnesswood is home to a small museum and walk in commemoration of Michael Bruce ‘Gentle Poet of Loch Leven’.

Glenfarg (population 639) boasts a number of community assets, such as a primary school and tennis and bowling clubs. The Village Hall is at the centre of community life; locals raised £350,000 to have the hall renovated in 2008. Today, the Village Hall hosts a number of social, recreational and learning opportunities. A community newsletter is published bi-monthly. The community undertook a survey in 2013 which identified 10 priorities for the area, including creating more opportunities for young people, improving transport links and maintaining the assets of the town.

Gypsy/Travellers. The area is home to a Gypsy/Traveller community with a mix of trailers and chalets in the locality to accommodate transient and permanent Gypsy/Travellers living in the area. Members of this community have often missed out on formal education, and most report experiences of discrimination and prejudice, both socially and in attempting to access services. The Perth and Kinross Gypsy/Traveller Strategy 2013-18 was developed in partnership with the Gypsy/Traveller community. The strategy sets out actions aimed at celebrating the area’s rich association which travelling communities, and supporting the Gypsy/Traveller community in accessing services

Community Assets

There are three Community Councils in Almond & Earn Ward: Methven, Abernethy and Earn.

The Bridge of Earn Institute is a community ran hall which host community groups.

(Glenfarq, Kinross, Portmoack, Cleish & Blairdam, Milnathort and Fossoway) and 240 clubs and organisations listed on www.kinross.cc.

The Kinross-shire Fund is a charity dedicated to helping make Kinross-shire a better place to live. Funds are raised from individuals, companies and groups, and used to make grants to local projects and voluntary organisations.

The Kinross-shire Partnership (established in 1998) is made up of a mix of businesses and local people. The principle aims of the Partnership are to identify, promote and encourage opportunities for economic development, tourism and environmental improvement.

Kinross-shire Community Learning and Development Group made up of public, private, voluntary and community sectors in Kinross-shire and part of Almond and Earn Ward. The group meets 6 times a year and is chaired by a Senior Community Capacity Builder from the Council. Its vision is

“ to work together to share information with individuals, groups and communities to inform services, identify and respond to needs improving the quality of life locally”

The Group’s remit is to:

Make better use of existing resources, knowledge and expertise to improve the range and quality of services.
Develop a local forum which draws on a wider pool of experience to improve services.
Share knowledge of the local communities needs and priorities.
Work jointly to identify opportunities and initiatives to address local needs.
Ensure up to date information and new developments of the group’s activity is available to the communities and individuals in the area.
Support Communities to celebrate achievements.
There are community themed sub-groups to identified key pieces of work to move forward. These sub-groups are: Well-being, Gypsy Travellers, Volunteer and Community Resources and Young People. The sub-groups attract people within the appropriate remits to work together more effectively and focus on areas of work relevant to them.