For at least ten years, Scotland has been championing a community empowerment agenda with the Community Empowerment Act (2015), the Land Reform Act (2016), and the emerging Local Democracy Bill. The increasing creativity demonstrated by communities all across Scotland in embracing this agenda is evidenced by their actions. These include the acquisition and refurbishment of harbours, the purchase and operation of local shops, pubs and post offices, the creation of community energy companies, the building of local schools and even the takeover and management of a ferry service and a caravan park. One example is the community bond offer for the Linlith-Go-Solar rugby club project. Linlithgow has more than 1299 hours of sunshine per year – higher than the Scottish average. In order to realise community benefits from this natural asset, Linlithgow Community Development Trust(LCDT), is working with the local rugby club to cover its roof with solar panels. Not only is this more environmentally friendly, but it will reduce the club’s energy costs. LCDT will make any surplus available to other Linlithgow clubs and societies.
Scotsman 21st Nov 2018 read more »