In 2016 the three Community Councils of Keir, Penpont and Tynron came together to find a way to make best use of the small amount of windfarm money that comes into the area annually, as a result the Keir, Penpont and Tynron Joint Community Benefit fund was formed, their main aim, to distribute these windfarm funds.
In 2017 the JCBF, funded by CARES, the Scottish Government’s Community and Renewable Energy Scheme, conducted a full-scale study of the three communities; the overpowering result of this consultation was that a separate organisation be set up to take forward the key projects (and others) identified from the study.
KPT Development Trust was duly set up and became incorporated at Company House, Edinburgh on 28 March 2018.
Run by volunteers, we work to developed and improved our area by focused projects: (1) Connecting Our Communities – core paths & natural environment; (2) Renewables – sustainable and renewable environmental projects; (3) Community Communications – problem of low service areas and poor Wi-Fi; (4) Community Hub & Village Halls – workshops & groups for all ages; (5) Community Transport – convenient and cost effective travel; and (6) Affordable Housing – building of new affordable homes.
Since November 2018, through the acquisition of further funding we have been able to employ a Development Officer to help us progress our project areas.