Thinking big for Creative Place awards

Villagers are having another crack at proving they live in the most creative place in Scotland.

Last year the entry by Rosneath Peninsula West Community Development Trust reached the last six in the event run by Creative Scotland, just missing out to Pathhead (Midlothian) in the final of the under-1,500 population category.

And now an entry for the entire peninsula is being organised for a different section – with a bigger prize fund.

Trust convener Murdo MacDonald told Cove and Kilcreggan community councillors last night (Tuesday) that they had ‘hit the post’ in the 2013 final.

“For 2014 we thought we would try for the next population step up – 2,500 to 10,000,” he added.

“To that end we joined with Garelochhead Community Council and Rosneath and Clynder, and that has got our population up to 4,500.”

He said work on the application was well ahead, ready for the deadline of August 19.

First prize is £100,000 which would be spent on artistic activities in the area –  this could be partly used for signage marking the 150th anniversary of the burgh of Cove and Kilcreggan in 2015.

Other options include an architectural trail  of the peninsula, highlighting its Victorian buildings.