Newmilns Regeneration Association

ACTION

A guide to the first steps to be taken over the next 12 months. Newmilns Regeneration Association (NRA) will liaise with various organisations to progress the following themes and priorities.

Theme 3: Local Economy, Heritage and Tourism


PRIORITY 1

Attract more business to Newmilns
  • Look into setting up a Newmilns Business Association to help our businesses work together for promotion
  • Encourage local people to use local shops
  • Encourage shops to stay open longer hours
  • Use new website to promote Newmilns as a good place for business

NRA will liaise with:

Local Businesses, Community Council, Loudoun Valley Trust, Local voluntary groups


PRIORITY 2

Make use of empty premises for businesses
  • Find out how other communities have gone about providing business start up units e.g. Benarty Regeneration Action Group in Fife
  • Contact Co-op to see if they would lease/sell building to the community

NRA will liaise with:

Local Businesses, Community Council, Loudoun Valley Trust, Local voluntary groups


PRIORITY 3

Develop & promote heritage
  • Start a local project to research, gather and document the lace-making history of Newmilns
  • This could include community events to raise local awareness and interest in our heritage
  • Link with Environment Group to create a map of Newmilns showing paths, recreation areas and historic buildings (see Theme 2)
  • Fully explore the potential for a heritage museum and visitor centre, bringing a historic building into use (ref: HLF Heritage Enterprise programme)

NRA will liaise with:

Loudoun Valley Trust, Burns club, Local Businesses, Local voluntary groups