The core of the Coalfields Regeneration Trust (CRT) Strategy is to build on our success by encouraging use
of local resources in a way that enhances economic opportunities while improving social conditions in a
sustainable way. Our overarching priority is to develop community capacity; everything that we do is about
supporting coalfield communities.

CRT was set up as a vehicle to enable community-led regeneration, recognising that strong engaged and
empowered communities are vital to the future of fragile coalfield areas. We have shown consistently over
many years that when given encouragement and equipped with the right skills, practical tools and small
amounts of money, that local people can find appropriate
solutions to local problems.

The closure of Longannet Power Station will have significant impact on the communities of West Fife and Clackmannanshire and it is important that we work with the community organisations locally to rebuild community and capacity following the closure of Longannet and build on the work already undertaken through the Coalfields Community Futures programme.

The intention is to build on our success by encouraging use of local resources in a way that enhances economic opportunities while improving social conditions in a sustainable way. Our priority is to develop community capacity and create a platform for community engagement.

We will support local people and communities to identify for themselves the issues and opportunities in coalfield areas, deciding what to do about them, and being responsible for delivering the action that will make a difference.

The role of the Coalfields Regeneration Trust is to:

  • Be the „Community Builder‟
  • Involve residents, community groups, local business and statutory agencies
  • Develop communication channels to ensure communication across communities – Facebook, newsletters, website, community notice board

Form a working group - a wider Development Trust to lead on community activity and lobby partners
and agencies, particularly in relation to:

  • Developing renewable energy projects
  • Transport initiatives
  • Power Station demolition
  • Form a Youth Action Team to encourage young people to take part
  • Prepare and deliver the Longannet Communities Action Plan with working group

For further details about the vision for Longannet, please click on the PDF image below.