Fintry Community Council, supported by Stirling Council, embarked on the pioneering project in response to a history of disruption in the village during extreme weather events.
Located in a remote area of Stirling and accessed by high-lying roads, Fintry has experienced frequent flooding, heavy snowfall, lengthy power cuts and landslips over recent years.
At times, this had led to residents being cut off, such as when the ‘Beast from the East’ struck in 2018, with Arctic conditions preventing access to the village for five days.
The fully-functioning facility, based in the north of the village at Knockraich Farm, provides warmth and shelter for locals and is fitted with essential equipment such as a generator, defibrillator and cooker.
Along with financial support, the Council supported the community on the project in a number of ways, including writing a resilience plan, assisting in funding applications to utility companies and providing a stock of equipment for use in an emergency situation.
Help safeguard local people during emergencies
Alanna Sloan, Risk and Resilience Team Leader at Stirling Council, said: “We are not aware of any other place in Scotland that has created this kind of resilience centre, and we were thrilled to support the community in Fintry in this pioneering project, which will help safeguard local people during emergencies.
“We hope that others will follow in Fintry’s footsteps and seize the opportunity to become involved in resilience planning to make help their communities become safer places to live and work.”
The local community secured funding for the initiative from the Council (£3,000), Awards for All (£5,000) and the Scottish Southern Electrical Networks Resilient Fund (£10,000).
Provide for all of the community
Fintry Community Council Chairman Ken Smith, said: “We are extremely grateful to Stirling Council for assisting with the creation of this facility.
“The new resilience centre based at Knockraich Farm will allow the community to care for the elderly and housebound, as well as those with young families isolated from the village during adverse weather.
“It will also help provide for all of the community at any time of the year when we are isolated for extended periods.”
To further boost their resilience capacity, the Community Council are now applying for funding for a second hub to serve the other end of the village, which is more densely populated. This will be located at Menzies Hall.
Officers have also been working with residents and the Scottish Flood Forum to understand local concerns over flooding and to consider preventative measures to put in place.
Other measures put in place by the community include establishing a point of contact with the Council to provide relevant updates during bad weather and setting up a Facebook page – Fintry Buddies (https://www.facebook.com/groups/188442977969982/) – to call on volunteers in times of adversity.
Picture in front of the Resilience Centre shows pupils from Fintry Primary School along with the owners of Knockraich Farm, villagers and representatives from Stirling Council, Scottish & Southern Electrical Networks, Trossachs Search & Rescue and the Community Council.
Picture with the new generator shows Russell Cameron from Scottish & Southern Electrical Networks showing some pupils from Fintry Primary with the the new Generator
Picture with the with the new defibrillator at the Resilience Centre shows Stuart Ballantyne, Chair of Trossachs Search & Rescue showing some pupils from Fintry Primary School.