Comrie Development Trust
COMMUNITY • ENVIRONMENT • RESILIENCE • HERITAGE
Comrie is a village of some 2,500 people in the heart of rural Perthshire. Comrie Development Trust (CDT) is owned and managed by local people living within the boundary defined by the area of responsibility of Comrie Community Council. The Board consists of up to 12 positions elected by and from the membership, with up to three co-opted positions to attract particular skills on to our board.
Our members are the lifeblood of our Trust and support us in all sorts of ways – we currently have over 800 members. Your support would be very much welcomed so please become a member – it’s free.
Our Trust was registered at Companies House in July 2006, and was granted charitable status by the Office for Scottish Charity Regulator on 24th August 2007.
Please visit the CDT website for the full scope of the Trust's work.
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In March 2005, 40 local people attended an inspirational presentation from the Westray Development Trust. At the end of the meeting, everyone agreed that a similar approach should be explored for Comrie – The Comrie Development Group was formed. 200 members of our community came together in October 2005 to set priorities for action and agreed to establish a Development Trust for Comrie.
Development Trust was officially launched in July 2006 at the village festival ‘Comrie Alive‘
which was attended by over a quarter of the village. Membership of the Trust
has since grown to over 700 members making us one of the best represented
Development Trusts in the UK.
Following overwhelming support at a community ballot for the idea of the Trust buying Cultybraggan Army camp on behalf of the community, the Trust began the process to secure the site for the village. The community ballot had a turnout of 72% and a majority in favour of 97% – this result was the most conclusive community ballot at the time, under the Land Reform (Scotland) Act 2003.
The purchase process took many hours of volunteer time, those involved were motivated by the end goal of the community owning 90 acres of land by September 2007 – as long the Trust could raise the purchase cost and the community were happy with the plans. Funding for the £350,000 purchase price was obtained from the charitable foundation, the Tudor Trust, with the Big Lottery fund via HIE and Scottish Enterprise having supported business planning for the deal.
On Friday 6th July 2007 the Trust signed the legal documentation to purchase Cultybraggan Army Camp from the MOD for the benefit of the community. This historic and major community buyout of 90 acres of land was effected under the Land Reform legislation. The keys to Cultybraggan Camp were handed over to CDT on 20th September 2007.
In January 2008 nearly 400 people took part in the “Big Design Day for Cultybraggan” highlighting the local enthusiasm to look at the future of the camp. And as they say…….. the rest is history – or as we like to think – history in the making.
To enable and assist individuals and groups in Comrie to make their dreams come true in Sports and Entertainment, Rural Arts and Crafts, Business Marketing and Manufacture and to make the purchased land resources of the village available, accessible and useable to this end.
Our principles are to:
Work closely with local people, groups and businesses
Capture and build community passion, enthusiasm, ideas and skills
Promote quality in everything that we do
Keep our £ local
Ensure every aspect of our work is financially and environmentally sustainable
Keep our eye on the future whilst learning from the past
William Levack (Vice-Chair)
Jeremy Spurway (Chair)
Colin Crawford (Finance Officer)
Susan Holoran (Visitor Experience Officer)
Lynn Manderson (Office Manager)
The Trust establishes 'working groups' of volunteers in response to priorities, local interests and to take advantage of opportunities as they arise. These are the current groups:
The Renewables Working Group has not met for some time, but recent developments (2022) with climate change and the cost of electricity, have altered the dynamics. Some of the projects we have looked at in the past include solar panels (Solar PV has been installed on the roof of Building 109), hydropower and the Biomass District Heating system that is now operational at the camp. New ideas and old ideas may re-emerge to be part of a new approach for a new group.
The Community Land Group's current projects include supporting the campaign for a community-led affordable housing scheme in Comrie.
The Woodland Group are developing a new native broadleaf Community Woodland on the hillground to the south of the camp.
The Orchard Working Group planted and maintain the Community Orchard at the camp.
We continue to be very grateful to all those that are, and have been, involved in the many projects of the Comrie Development Trust and appreciate the belief they have shown in us and our community.
We are proud to have been a Flagship project for the Scottish Government’s Climate Challenge Fund
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