Tullibody Community Development Trust was constituted on the 12th of September 2017 at the Annual General Meeting of *Tullibody Action Group. Tullibody Action Group successfully campaigned to stop the development of a new school on the playing fields at Abercromby Place and later developed the campaign to protect the adjoining Civic (Community & Sports) Centre which was also under threat of closure for commercial development.
Tullibody’s population has grown rapidly in recent years. Once a village, it now has town status due to population of almost 10,000. Two smaller villages Cambus and Glenochil are also part of the community council ward which shares nursery and school facilities as well as the local GP practice. The Civic Centre is the only centrally situated facility providing sports, recreation, social and event space (inside / outside events due to the park on the south side of the building) and our local heritage centre, run by Tullibody History Centre.
Tullibody has expanded beyond recognition in the last decade. It has become the second biggest town in Clackmannanshire, after Alloa. The impact of losing our only substantial green space, play park and community facilities would have a dramatic impact on the local residents here in Tullibody, Cambus and Glenochil. With almost all open spaces being eradicated from our local map. The expansion of Tullibody has happened with no consideration of amenities, parkland or community. Formed after the successful campaign to stop the new Tullibody south school campus being built on the park, Tullibody CDT aim to have the public park put into trust and save the largest single area of green space (the only large green space) in our community from any future development.
In addition to that we need (and want) to extend that aim to protect and secure our Civic Centre and heritage centre; both of which sit alongside the park and are currently facing genuine risk of closure with the land being sold for possible housing and/or other development. We strongly feel we can only achieve this aim by taking these named facilities into community ownership to remove the operational cost from the council’s reduced budget – as other communities have successfully done so – We aim to meet the social, cultural, educational and health aspirations of our growing local community, whilst protecting and enhancing our natural environment . The park and Civic Centre are well used and loved by the whole community. Lets keep it that way.