Laurieston Village Initiative

Laurieston Community Survey

The Group
Laurieston Village Initiative was formed in 2003 to promote the economic, environmental and cultural regeneration of the Laurieston area, located near Castle Douglas in Dumfries & Galloway.

What were they trying to achieve?
The aim was to gain a better understanding of the community and the issues related to rural isolation, the economy, disadvantage, the environment, culture, transport and service provision.

How did they go about it?
A quesionnaire was distributed by hand to all members of the community: 102 of 180 were returned.

What did they learn?
The tranquility and neighbourliness were key factors in the decision to live in Laurieston. Residents found public transport poor which affects work and social life.  There is a desire for more social events and facilities for young people.  The lack of a general store or post office to act as a focus.  There is a lack of affordable housing, which is of concern in a community with a high average age.  Traffic, particularly forestry lorries were another concern.  The report concluded that one option was to establish a Development Trust to take forward potential projects such as a village shop or a forest walks network, sheltered housing or childcare facilities.

What difference did it make?
The report was passed to the local authority and the community council and presented to a public meeting.