About LCDT

Lochwinnoch Community Development Trust (LCDT) is a non-profit making company limited by guarantee (SC445206), which was originally formed as Lochwinnoch Community Development Company in 2013.  It has recently changed its name and constitution to include ‘Trust’ in order to broaden its remit and is now a member of the Development Trusts Association of Scotland (DTAS).

The company currently has eight directors and over 60 members. The inaugural general meeting of LCDT was held on December 5th 2018.

Lochwinnoch is a village nestled between Clyde Muirsheil Regional park and Semple Loch, in Renfrewshire, with around 2600 residents. Lochwinnoch has numerous community assets which  LCDT could support, maintain and even potentially develop into enterprises with social and environmental purposes. Lochwinnoch is a historical village, with a variety of local interest groups, sites of scientific interest, on the edge of a regional park, hosting a bird sanctuary, with many young families, older residents and everyone in between. In addition, we have a host of natural resources which, we believe, if put to good use, could financially enrich the community of the village as well as lead us, collectively,  towards a more ethical and sustainable future.

An example of one of our resources is the water aquifer, currently situated under the old Struthers lemonade factory. LCDC previously commissioned geological and legal studies (2018) which have shown that the aquifer is substantial and lies under both private and council-owned land. LCDT hopes that this resource could soon come into community ownership and could generate substantial income (£tens of thousands, at least!) every year, for community projects. See our Water Project for more information.

In 2017 LCDC were awarded free consultancy support for the water project under the Enterprise Accelerator Programme.  Community Enterprise provided some consultation on how to fund such a project, legal structures and website recommendations. We have taken this advice on board and have redone our website. We are now considering our options for project fundraising.

In the meantime, LCDT has been awarded a small grant from Renfrewshire Council Empowerment Fund to progress the development of LCDT. As part of this development process, we have commissioned a feasibility study for LCDT, including a community consultation in the village.   We hope this analysis will be accessible, inclusive and representative of a variety of views and opinions in the community. Ultimately the study will inform the work of LCDT now and in the future.  The consultation process started in March 2019.

Our Directors

Bill Wright

Bill is a lecturer in Drama at The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. He has been involved in the arts as a practitioner and teacher for about 35 years. He has served on the board of several organisations and has experience in management and project coordination. Bill moved to the village in 2018 and plays badminton and football. Bill also performs with his band, Jericho Hill, a tribute to Johnny Cash.

Paul Harris

I was brought up in the village where my father farmed at High Linthills from the late 1950s. Joining IBM in the early 80s I spent nearly forty years working in IT, laterally as IT Director with Firstgroup Rail Division in London. I retired in 2015 and now lead strategy at a UK based software business. I also act as Trustee/Treasurer of a community charity contracted with Camden Council to deliver services at Highgate Library. Our most recent fundraising project has brought together artists and pupils from local schools to produce a series of four permanent art works for installation in the Library. Most of my family live locally and although my wife and I live in London, we maintain close ties with the village and I am passionate to see it thrive as a strong, safe community, helped by funds raised through LCDT projects.

Martin Mansell

Martin is a chartered civil engineer who, until he retired in July 2012, was teaching Water Engineering at the University of the West of Scotland in Paisley and has lived in Lochwinnoch since 1992. He has had a long interest in water and renewable energy and was one of the founder members of the Local Energy Action Plan (LEAP) in 2010 from which LCDC has developed.

Jim McHale

Duncan Adam

Duncan, a retired architect, has 40 years’ experience in the design and construction of a wide range of building types and sizes. Since 1992 he has specialised in project management, including project evaluation, design and design development, contract administration, settlement of claims, quality standards and inspections on both large and smaller projects. He has also been involved in the preparation of technical reports on contractual failures and liabilities, building failures and recommendations and supervision of remedial works. He has acted both as team leader and as part of a multi-disciplinary design team on projects. He was a Partner then Director of a major national architectural firm in the UK.

Becky Duncan

Becky is a professional photographer, filmaker and participatory facilitator. Becky runs Open Aye, a community interest company which specialises in collaborative communications for Scotland's third sector. Becky helps to create visual images and participatory experiences, for positive social change. Becky has lived in Lochwinnoch since summer 2017 with her young family and old cat. She became involved in LCDT in Dec 2018, with a particular interest in the future community collaboration possibilities for LCDT!

Sheila Briggs

Dave Mellor