Newlands Community Transport is a community led initiative to promote sustainable and affordable transport options for our Community.
The Newlands Community Transport project will deliver a 13-seat zero-emmissions, fully electric minibus in late 2021 plus install 22Kw EV chargepoints at our two premises in Romanno Bridge.
The Newlands Community Transport project will deliver low cost and environmentally friendly transportation options for users of Newlands Activity Centre and Newlands Memorial Hall.
The Newlands Community Transport project will work with LNK Community Council, Scottish Borders Council, West Linton Health Centre plus the Newlands Activity Centre Manager and User Groups to trial and deliver new and innovative transport options in our Community.
Newlands Community Development Trust received grant funding through the Scottish Governments ‘Community Climate Action Fund‘ to enable the Trust to purchase a 13-Seat Electric (EV) minibus.
The EV minibus is based on an LDV EV80 chassis with custom coachwork by Minibus World.
The EV Minibus project will provide Driver Volunteering and Training opportunities with all Volunteer drivers being offered Free MiDAS training and PVG registration.
Newlands Community Development Trust received grant funding through the Scottish Governments ‘Work Place Charging Scheme‘ in 2021 to enable the Trust to install 22Kw EV Chargepoints at Newlands Activity Centre and Newlands Memorial Hall.
The Chargepoints are available through the VendElectric App to all members of NCDT and users of Newlands Activity Centre.
Newlands EV Meetup is a new initiative to bring EV owners and anyone in our Community Interested in EV ownership together to share knowledge and experiences of owning and running an EV vehicle in our rural Community.
The EV Meetup will hold a monthly ‘Meet’ at Newlands Activity Centre.
The first meeting of is on Sunday 31st October 2021 to coincide with our COP26 Climate Fringe Event.
E-bikes open up a whole new world of on-road and off-road experiences for many in our Community.
Join our E-Bike Club to gain knowledge of owning, servicing, converting and riding an E-bike on and off road in the Scottish Borders.
Community Climate Action Fund
Newlands Community Development Trust received grant funding through the Scottish Governments ‘Community Climate Action Fund‘ to enable the Trust to purchase a 13-Seat electric (EV) minibus.
The Total cost of the EV minibus is just over £89,000 with £71,864 being provided by way of the Grant.
The EV Minibus will provide Driver Volunteering and training opportunities with all Volunteer drivers being offered Free MiDAS training and PVG registration.
Find out more about the Community Climate Action Fund via their website.
Work Place Charging Scheme
Newlands Community Development Trust worked with the Energy Saving Trust to enable NCDT to install 22Kw EV Chargepoints at Newlands Activity Centre and Newlands Memorial Hall.
Our Chargepoints are now up and running – you can find them using Zap-Map on your computer, tablet or mobile phone.
The total cost of the project was a little over £16k split 50/50 between NCDT and the EST.
Community Transport Association
Newlands Community Transport are members of the CTA (Community Transport Association) and attend monthly meetings, discussion panels and training events organised by the CTA.
We hope to learn from and share our experiences with established and new Community Transport projects across Scotland and the UK.
We are also active contributors to the Development Trust Association Scotland Community Transport providers group.
Find out more on the CTA website.
MiDAS Driver Training
Get in Touch. Get Involved.
If you have any ideas, questions or suggestions around any of the NCDT projects, would like to join the NCDT Board or contribute your time and expertise to one of our Projects please contact us via email or telephone.
Newlands Activity Centre, Romanno Bridge, Peeblesshire, EH46 7BZ
07831 595 828
Do you or your company share our vision? We are looking to form long term partnerships with sponsors and companies who share our community vision. Please contact us to discuss sponsorship and partnership opportunities we can provide.
Between February 28 and March 2 we ran four public meetings at Newlands Centre, Dolphinton Hall, the Graham Institute, and Lamancha Hub. Seb Rose gave a short presentation, supported by Debbie Davy of Glasgow University at Newlands and Dolphinton. After the presentation, the floor was opened to discussion.
In all, about 75 people attended over the four nights, despite the wet and windy weather. Forty of those attending registered their support for pursuing the idea of a community farm. Speaking to experts in community projects, this is apparently an extremely high level of support.
A number of suggestions were made by those attending:
Find a more appropriate name for the project.
Our response: we have subsequently renamed the project Newlands Community Farm
Be open to all possible locations for the project
Our response: we will continue to explore any suitable land or farms that may become available
Engage more widely with the community.
Our response: we had an information stall at West Linton market in March and will engage with local primary schools
Form a group of supporters to coordinate the project.
Our response: an invite will go out to all supporters shortly
There was opposition to the project. The main points were:
Experienced farmers are the best people to manage farmland
Our response: there are different ways to manage agricultural land effectively. It’s also highly likely that agricultural land will be purchased by commercial foresters and used for carbon credits
Moving from intensive livestock production would reduce our food security and negatively impact prices for consumers
Our response: local food security can be enhanced by growing vegetables and fruit. Local produce would reduce transportation costs and cut out the middle-men in the supply chain
It will be hard to find and keep volunteers engaged in running the project
Our response: we intend to produce a business plan that is fully funded without day-to-day dependence on volunteers - although help from time to time will always be welcome
There’s a world class agricultural training and research centre at the Bush, so there’s no need for research in Tweedale
Our response: there are many academic establishments all over the UK, and several have already indicated that additional sites in this area are particularly valuable from a research perspective
Schools don’t have the budget to take their pupils on educational outings
Our response: educational resources are scarce, but a community farm could have access to funding sources that would make visits more affordable
Pastures, hay, and silage all capture more carbon than forests or woodland
Our response: permanent pasture can capture carbon effectively, but most pasture in the Borders is not permanent. Hay and silage can capture lots of carbon, but since they are used as feed, that carbon is released back into the atmosphere very quickly
The Community Right To Buy scheme would result in the seller losing money
Our response: we have undertaken not to use Community Right To Buy
WEST LINTON MARKET
We ran an information stall at West Linton market on Saturday, March 4th. It was a cold but bright day, but Gilbert Cameron brought a marquee just in case of rain. Seb Rose, Debbie Davy, and Naomi Roberts were on hand to answer questions - and at times all three of us were busy talking to people.
Again, the response was overwhelmingly positive and we collected more supporters. Others took away our leaflet and promised to add their support online at https://bit.ly/ncdt-west-mains
If you'd like to register your support for the project, please fill in a short form (taking less than 2 minutes). You are making NO commitment at all by filling in the form.