‘Foundations for a Brighter Future’ outlines project deliverables and highlights future opportunities for Falkirk’s canal-side communities.
The Falkirk Canal Connections project ended at the end of September 2022. A collaborative regeneration project that ran from January to September, its aim was to create a brighter, fairer and greener future for Falkirk’s canal-side communities. Funded by the UK Government’s UK Community Renewal Fund, it focused on the areas of Camelon and Tamfourhill.
The ambitious project brought together 10 partners to work together on 18 different initiatives. The programme had an incredible scope of works, covering some of the most iconic sites in central Scotland. These included the Falkirk Wheel, the Kelpies and the communities that live between them. The ’Foundations for a Brighter Future’ report shows what was achieved by each of the different initiatives that took place under four key themes:
- Healthier Connections
- Environment Connections
- Business and Employment Connections
- Community Connections
Celebrating Falkirk Canal Connections successes
Falkirk Canal Connections has helped people get active, enjoy the canals on their doorstep and learn new skills to support them into education and employment. The ‘Foundations for a Brighter Future’ report outlines key achievements, including:
- A new community-focused Repair Shed
- Initiatives to make the canal-side more accessible
- The many employability opportunities delivered, including new qualifications, Climate Emergency and Activity Leader training, and Falkirk Canal College
- Canal-side art installations and activities
Promoting plans for the future
As well as delivering benefits for local communities, the project identified many opportunities for future investment and improvement. Community engagement led to a wealth of innovative ideas to improve the environment for residents, businesses and visitors. The ideas of local residents helped create detailed plans to regenerate key areas in the Camelon and Tamfourhill area, including:
- Easter Carmuirs Park Masterplan
- Proposed improvements to Camelon Juniors FC car park area
- Redevelopment of Brown Street Car Park
- Opportunities to improve canal-side safety and accessibility
- Exciting low-carbon business opportunities for Lock 16 and the Falkirk Wheel
Additional funding is now needed to take all these plans forward. It’s hoped that the Falkirk Canal Connections project will act as a springboard to the funding and implementation of the plans.
Take a look at the report to find out what the project achieved in 2022 and how it has benefited people in the community. Plus, see the NEXT STEPS and funding requirements to create a lasting legacy for Falkirk Canal Connections – and the communities it supported. You can find the full ‘Foundations for a Brighter Future’ report here.