The Culbokie Community Trust (CCT) was established in June 2014 as a company limited by guarantee and achieved charitable status in July 2015.
The principle concern of CCT was to improve services in the village following a rapid increase in the number of houses over the past 40 years taking the population from around 80 in 1961 to over 800 in 2011. However, it does not have a recognisable centre and has a relatively poor provision of service compared to other villages in the area. In addition there are a further 130 more houses still in the planning pipeline.
In early 2015, CCT was successful in purchasing 0.5ha of land in the centre of the village under the Community Right to Buy Scheme with funding from the Scottish Land Fund. Plans for the site have been drawn up following extensive community consultation which include a village park, a café and health treatment rooms, an enterprise building and some small very accessible housing units for the elderly. A legal deal for the servicing of the site is currently being drawn up with Tulloch Homes who hope to develop neighbouring land for housing. In the meantime, the Trust runs the monthly Culbokie Community Market; researches and promotes the history of the village; is working to reinstate the orienteering course in Culbokie Woods; and organises volunteer work to keep he village clean and tidy and the woodland paths open.
The work to develop our community hub is ongoing. An outline planning application has been submitted. The orienteering course is now complete and ready for local use. We are organising regular orienteering events which are proving very popular.
Key contact: Penny Edwards