Alyth Community Council has organised a workshop to begin looking at the possibility of setting up a community development trust for the town.
The move has come about as a result of the group’s frustration with a number of issues relating to the state of the town centre, including privately-owned derelict sites and the lack of grounds maintenance by Perth and Kinross Council (PKC).
The community council also wants to look at the possibility of refurbishing the town centre area with the support of money that has been ring-fenced within the local authority’s budget.
A recent Alyth Community Council meeting heard discussions are under way with some private landowners regarding their plans for the sites in question and the possibility of finding interim solutions to tidy them up.
The workshop, which takes place on Saturday, September 21, will take into consideration the results of a ‘place check’ event, run by PKC, which asks residents for their views on how the town centre could be refurbished.
Local councillor Ian Miller confirmed although PKC has allocated some budget – understood to be £250,000 – for the refurbishment of the town centre, and had approached other agencies in an effort to secure additional funding, that had been unsuccessful and the project could not go ahead without extra money.
A decision on what steps should be taken next in order to establish a community development trust for the town will be made after the workshop.