Fa’side Area Partnership invites local residents to its third Annual Public Meeting (APM), to be held on Tuesday 7 November at 6.30pm at Ross High School, Tranent.

The APM provides an opportunity for all who live in East Lothian’s Fa’side area to find out more about their Area Partnership, who its members are, what the partnership has achieved so far, and its future plans to improve the area. Fa’side includes the towns and villages of Tranent, Elphinstone, Ormiston, Pencaitland, Macmerry, Meadowmill, New Winton, Gladsmuir and Boggs Holdings.

Our public meeting is an opportunity for the wider Fa’side community to come together and share its views on how we can make things better in the area.

Liz Hutchison, Acting Chair of Fa’side Area Partnership

Members of the public will be given the opportunity to decide on the partnership’s projects and priorities for the year ahead, including having their say on how the partnership allocates its £300,000 of resources. Attendees will also hear from community groups and organisations who have previously benefited from Area Partnership support. A variety of displays will illustrate how this support has helped them achieve their goals and made a beneficial impact on the local area.

Community groups attending include:

  • Glenkinchie path – find out how the partnership has worked with Diageo to create a new, safe route to Glenkinchie Distillery
  • Summer Lunch Club – find out about how the AP worked with Sanderson’s Wynd Primary School, Fundamental Foods (part of The Pennypit Community Development Trust) and other community partners to deliver a lunch club teaching children and families how to prepare and cook healthy, nutritious foods
  • Fa’side Active Travel group – find out more about recent improvements to core paths including the installation of new signage and the group’s plans to install benches and bike racks in the local area
  • Recharge: Youth Reference Group / Healthy Eating Project – meet the young people who are forming a youth sub group of the partnership in order to deliver projects from the Area Plan, and find out more about the successful campaign to make Ross High ‘Fizz Free’

Other community groups attending are Centre Stage, Dementia Friendly Tranent, Support From The Start, Homestart East Lothian Big Hopes Big Futures, and members of the Children’s Parliament.

Liz Hutchison, Acting Chair of Fa’side Area Partnership, said:

“Fa’side Area Partnership is still young and we are working hard to deliver the priorities that have been identified for our area. We know that many residents in our communities don’t know who we are and what we do. Our public meeting is an opportunity for the wider Fa’side community to come together and share its views on how we can make things better in the area. It will give people the chance to find out first-hand from community groups who have benefitted from our support and the impact it has made to them and our communities. The kettle will be on, so please come and help us improve our area!”
Simon Davie, Fa’side Area Manager, added:

“Our Partnership has worked hard this year to improve the local area. It is important that the wider views of the residents of Fa’side are heard and are taken on board. There have been a range of priorities that local people said were important to them, such as the gateway signage leading into Tranent town and the villages, which included concerns about speeding. The partnership was responsible for funding and installing the new signs, including the speed reactive signs and nearby planting. If you have an idea for your community, or would like to share your views on how we could improve our area, this is a great way to have your say and influence our plans for the future.” 
For more information on the Fa’side Area Partnership call 01620 827822 or email Faside-AP@eastlothian.gov.uk.

Published: Tuesday, 31st October 2017