Newmilns Regeneration Association
Newmilns Regeneration Association

COMMUNITY VIEWS

Over 642 responses were made by local residents in our Community Views Survey. The results help to inform this action plan. Here is what people said they like about the community now … and what they were not so keen on!

Survey - What You Dislike

64% DISLIKE

Declined and Run Down


59% DISLIKE

Community Safety/Anti-social behaviour


26% DISLIKE

Housing Policy and Ownership


21% DISLIKE 

Declining Local Economy


14% DISLIKE

Roads/Traffic/Parking/Pathways 


13% DISLIKE

Lack of Community Spirit/Pride 


13% DISLIKE

Lack of Community Facilities/Activities/Services


07% DISLIKE

Decline/Threat of Public Services


02% DISLIKE

Nothing


What people said:

  • Main route through Newmilns is very tired and run down, not a good first impression when people first enter the village 
  • The state of main street with empty shop units 
  • Brown Street with derelict factories and the disgrace of the buildings in Loudoun Road and Gilfoot making the entire place an eyesore and not a place people want to bring up a family 
  • Too much litter, dog waste, dogs off leads, drug usage... 
  • Not feeling safe going up the street Friday and Saturday nights to the shops... 
  • Drug addiction seems to be very high in the area • Landlord owned properties allowing property in a poor state of repair. No enforcement of keeping property or gardens in a decent state 
  • Private landlords do not care who they put in and do not look after their properties 
  • Feel we are a dumping ground for EAC in terms of housing etc 
  • Everything shuts on a Saturday afternoon making it difficult to support local business 
  • Most of the factories have closed down resulting in high unemployment 
  • Not enough businesses working in Newmilns 
  • The road surface is a hotch potch of repairs and potholes over many decades and bounces the traveller the length of the town 
  • Pavements in places have remained unfinished over many years 
  • Heavy use by HGVs, narrow footpaths through shops, limited parking 
  • Community isn’t alive like it used to be ten to fifteen years ago 
  • No heart no centre no community focal point 
  • The lack of premises fit for purpose to hold proper events 
  • The lack of a central meeting place i.e. youth centre for young people 
  • Poor land maintenance by the council e.g. grass cutting or lack of it, seems to be the forgotten town 
  • Lack of infrastructure to cope with increase in people with social problems