Auchtermuchty
Community Trust

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Finding out what members of the community think about the way ahead for our community's halls.

Background

Auchtermuchty has a number of venues for events and activities. Three of these: the Community Centre, the Town Hall and the Victoria Hall, are owned and managed by Fife Council.

Auchtermuchty Town Hall is a B listed building dominating the central market place of the town, dating from 1728. The Victoria Hall is a C listed building, dating from 1865 and was previously the United Associate Chapel. The Community Centre is relatively modern. All three buildings lie in the Auchtermuchty Conservation Area. You only need to look at these halls to know they need attention and due to the current economic climate, Fife Council cannot afford to maintain them.

Lots of events take place in these halls – that’s obvious from the community calendar. As one of the Trust's members said at the AGM, “ It is worth remembering that without our halls the community of Auchtermuchty would die. It would be a huge loss if they were closed. ” But it’s up to the community to decide what facilities it wants.

Community survey

The Trust engaged Kinbank Consulting (an independent researcher) to design a community survey to help its members and the community decide a way ahead for the town’s community halls. The survey took place in the autumn of 2013 and was conducted by volunteers drawn from the community who spoke to nearly 10% of the town’s residents, ranging in age from 12 to 75+. Other residents were able to complete the survey on line via the Trust website. The results of the community survey then formed a key part in the Trust’s next project, the options appraisal.

The Trust has put together an overview of the main findings of the community survey. The full results of the survey are in the appendix to the options appraisal.

Facilities survey

The Trust also carried out a survey of other facilities in Auchtermuchty at the end of 2013, to ensure that any improved venues that it provides do not replicate the others. The results are also in the appendix to the options appraisal.

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