Bo’ness: Funding for a 20-minute city project prioritizing people over vehicles

Residents of Bo’ness are set to find out after Forth Valley-based charity Forth Environment Link received funding from the Scottish Government’s Community Investment Fund to carry out a project in the city to develop a community climate action plan for the city.

Working with community groups, Falkirk Council and residents, he seeks to better understand how living locally can improve people’s lives and enable communities to thrive.

The concept of 20-minute neighborhoods has steadily gained traction in recent years in cities such as Barcelona, ​​Melbourne and London, but little research has been conducted in smaller, semi-rural locations.

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Stuart Guzinski and Jules Ryan of Forth Environment Link, who run the charity’s 20 Minute Neighborhood Project (Picture: Paul Saunders)

Bo’ness already has many of the features associated with 20 Minute Cities – and this pilot could help shape communities as they adjust to life after lockdown.

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Jules Ryan, project coordinator, said: “As terrible as the pandemic has been, it has also been a catalyst for thinking about and reimagining the spaces and places in which we live, work and play. We want to find out if the 20 Minute Neighborhood Model can help make communities like Bo’ness happier and healthier for people and the planet”

She highlighted more time spent at home and in the community, rediscovering our parks and landscapes, and local shopping among the positives of the past two years.

Bo’ness Mining Memorial

Jules added: “The project will give the people of Bo’ness the opportunity to shape the future of their city, so that they can meet more of their daily needs locally and live more sustainably.

“The potential benefits for the local economy, health, well-being and climate are limitless.

“Bo’ness already has many of the characteristics of a 20 minute neighborhood and has bags of community spirit.

Sunset over Kinneil Woods, Bo’ness

With continued community input, we believe we can help people meet more of their daily needs just steps from home. »

Once completed, the results of the pilot project will be shared with the Town’s Community Council, Falkirk Council and local organisations, to help inform future planning and developments.

Ettie Shattock, Senior Project Officer at The Conservation Volunteers (TCV), which has delivered youth engagement in the city, said: “Creating well-connected neighborhoods that promote active travel and maximize people’s engagement with nature is extremely valuable in the context of a green environment recovery and mitigation of climate change.

Residents were also invited to get involved in the project.

Steve McQueen, Director of Sustainable Thinking Scotland, a local social enterprise designed to tackle food poverty, climate change and reducing landfill use, added: “We encourage anyone with ideas about what they would love to see Bo’ness perform. come forward.

“The pilot project is an opportunity to have your thoughts on improving the city taken seriously and potentially funded. Conversations around the benefits of a 20-minute neighborhood and what Bo’ness might look like certainly seem like a good place to start.”

To get started, please complete the community survey

You can also get a hard copy from the Bo’ness Library.

All participants who complete it before it closes on February 28 will be entered into a draw.

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