Community Action Plan Knockbain Area  -  'Place Standard Survey' Report

The full report on the results of the 'community action plan survey' for the Knockbain area. Report summary 


Community Action Plan Survey (CAP)

We are working with other community gorups in our area to develop a Community Action Plan, hopefully by the end of 2021. When we can we will organise events for people to come together, discuss ideas and have a say about what goes in the plan. We can't do that now, but while we wait we would like as many people as possible to complete a Place Standard survey. 

Click on the image below or on the link here to complete the survey by 27th March 2021 

The survey will help us to know what is important about our place, and what local priorities are for the next few years. Doing it now will also help us to respond to the Local Development Plan consultaion. You can complete it as houesholds or individuals and there is no age limit. 

The 'Reason to Complete' box can be left blank and you can say as much or as little as you wish on all the other questions. The 'group' for this survey is anyone who lives in the Knockbain Community Council area. Please select your sub group area (North Kessock or Munlochy) and aswer as many of the questions as you can. 

There are some general prompts for each question which we have not been able to edit. Most will be helpful but please answer them in whatever way you feel is most relevant for you / your area.


The community council is looking at developing a Community Action Plan (CAP) for our villages. The CAP will help us to identify community priorities and a five-year action plan for things to be taken forward. Future actions might be carried out by a wide range of groups and organisations. 

A small project group set up by the community council met a couple of times to start things off, with a view to a more formal steering group.

A meeting was held with a key local groups and organisations at the end of February 2020 to 'test' the idea out and see if there was support to take things forward. We're pleased to report that initail feedback was very positive. (Click these links to see the introductory presentation and summary of the feedback from this meeting). 

With this initial support from key stakeholders we aim to get a more formal steering group set up to take the planning activities forward. Progress since we met with local groups last year has unfortunatley been delayed - largely whilst we all adpated to dealing with the immediate impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic. A year later (Feb '21) - we are now starting to look ahead again and hope to form a small steering group soon to start to plan activities and next steps.

The current group members include community council members Sylvia Bertram and Jackie Patience, along with representatives from several local groups (including RANK, NKTOP, Transition Black Isle and the Community Pier group). Local resident Helen Barton has some work experience in this area and is currently helping the community council to co-ordinate the project group on a voluntary basis. 

One of the early pieces of community consultation we are doing is a community Place Standard survey.  This will give us an initial idea of what is important for people across the community and what people would like to see happen over the next few years. Once we have some initial ideas we will be consulting again to identify top priorities and start to develop a plan for what gets taken forward, how, and by who. How that happens is still to be decided by the steering group. Further details and updates will be posetd here when and as available.



If you would like to be involved in any way, please get in touch. No previous experience is needed and whilst we need a few folk who can attend occasional online meetings over the rest of the year for a steering group, there are lots of ways you can also be involved on an occasional basis too. Examples of the sort of help we will need include: 

- Being a steering group member, to work with others to plan activities, lead engagement activties, collect and analyse community feedback, produce reports, develop action plans, produce news updates and produce a final plan/s. 

- Be a community ambassador - to help as many members of the community as possible to take part in consultations and have their voice heard. This might include helping people to complete surveys, contacting other groups to provide information, running drop-in sessions etc. Anyone who likes spending time with others and who has good listening skills can be part of a wee team for this. Initially this will largely be online or by email / telephone contact, but we hope it will be possible for at least small groups to meet together to discuss emerging ideas later in the year.

- Be an occasional helper. From time to time we will need people with a variety skills, and would be very grateful for anyone able to share their time and expertise. If you have any of the following skills or others that you think might be useful,do let us know.

- write newsletter articles / social media updates

- fundraising / grant applications

- organising events

- facilitation or enagagement skills

- anlysing data / producing reports 

- arists / photographers / graphic designers / musicians- to run creative activities / capture ideas / make our events more fun and our reports look great

- bakers, soup makers, sandwich makers, tea brewers, table setters, clearing uppers - we always need you!

You can tell us more aboout what you would like by contacting us here for more information. YOUNG PEOPLE or anyone else looking for skills for a college or job applications - this could be a great opportunity to help your comunity and get great experience back. 

Meanwhile you can find out more by scrolling down to our 'Frequently Asked Questions' (FAQ) section below the photo gallery on this page. If you have other questions you can also contact us here to find out more. 


What is a Community Action Plan? 

A Community Action Plan is based directly on local needs and ambitions. It provides a chance for everybody in the community to say what is important to them, and to decide together what needs to happen to make sure the communities are better places to live for eveyone. It involves the community deciding and leading on actions developed in the plan. 

How long does it take to produce? 

There is no set timeframe or deadlines, and it will depend a lot on how many people become involved to help out. Everything so far is being done by volunteer input - so the more we have, the more we can do. Experience from other areas suggests the whole process from begining to have local consultation to producing an agreed written plan can take several months. We think it will take us until around the end of this calendar year. We will review this as we go along and provide updates as and when we are able to. 

Will everybody get a say about what's important? 


We will make sure that everybody who wants to is able to have a say about what they think is important for the future of our community. How this happens is yet to be decided, but we expect it to include the following: 

- Individual surveys (written or online)

- Focus group discussions with key groups (school pupils, parents, older people for example) and local organisations

- Drop-in sessions with local groups

- Individual conversations

- Newsletter / social media updates

- At least one big community event to provide feedback on surveys and start to discuss local priorities for action

- An event to discuss / launch the final results and action plan/s

How do we know all the actions decided will get done? 

The succes of any action plan will come later - from the action rather than the plan. Plans usually cover a period of years and things will change in that time. Some things that are in the plan might not be acheived, and other actions that were unplanned will come forward. Much will depend on resouces available, whether local people and groups take on responsibility for actions and stay involved. 

But to help keep track of what is being acheived (or isn't), the plan with include clear outcomes with allocated actions, reposibilities and timescales for carrying them out. The community council will hold regular meetings with others to monitor whether things are going to plan, and if not what can be done about it.  

What Happens Next

The first step will be to find out the priorities of people living in our commuities - by this we mean what people value, and what things they would like to change or happen over the next few years. 

To do this, a Steering Group will lead on engagement with eveyone who wants to give their view. This will include surveys and community activieis and events when we are able to hold them. The Steering Group will first have to puit together an engagement plan, thinking about what questions need to be asked and how to do it. 

Some of the information we need will already exist, such as information on local services, facilities and statistical data on the profile of the community. This will be pulled together whilst the community research is being carried out. 

Once all this research has been done, the information that comes from it will be analysed to to pull out main trends and themes so that the community can work together to decide their main priorities and next steps.

How can I get involved?

We would like eveybody to have the chance be involved if they want to. A relatively small group will be needed to take forward the planning and organising. We will also need people to help on an occasional basis with surveys and engagement activities. And of course we ant as many people in the community as possible to take part in surveys and tell us what you think is important about our place. 

We are looking for steering group members, community ambasaors and occasional helpers. We want to involve all ages and sections of the community - those who have lived here for decades and those who are newly arrived. You can be involved as much or as little as you like. See the form here for further details and to let us know what you can do.

And if you don't want to be involved at all that is OK - you can still have your say in surveys and consultation events throughout the year.

Are there other examples we can look at? 

Yes, lots! Community plans have been developed in places all across Scotland. Some, like us, are just starting. Others are on their second or third version, and have been able to track progress from one to another. We have provided links below to a few that we have come across that we feel we can learn from - but there are lots of others to explore. All of them are a bit different, depending on what each community needs. Ours may be similar to one of these or completrely different - it will deped on who gets involved, the feedback we get and what our communities want. 

We hope these examples give you some food for thought - and maybe some ideas for the future.


Fort Augustus 

Strathard (Loch Lomond) 


Shetland 'Our Place' report

Applecoss Land Use Plan

Useful information on how to develop a community-led plan is also available in toolkits produced by Cairngorm National Park and by Argyll and Bute Council








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