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Encyclopedia > Coalburn, South Lanarkshire

Coalburn is a village in South Lanarkshire, Scotland, UK. South Lanarkshire (Siorrachd Lannraig a Deas in Gaelic) is one of 32 unitary council regions in Scotland, covering the southern part of the traditional county of Lanarkshire. ... Motto: (Latin) No one provokes me with impunity(English) Wha daur meddle wi me? (Scots)[1] Anthem: Multiple unofficial anthems Capital Edinburgh Largest city Glasgow Official languages English, Gaelic, Scots[2] Government  - Queen Queen Elizabeth II  - Prime Minister Tony Blair MP  - First Minister Jack McConnell MSP Unification    - by Kenneth I...



Coalburn is a small isolated village that lies on the Coal Burn, a tributary of the Douglas Water, 3 miles (5 km) south of Lesmahagow. Coalburn developed from the 1850s as a railway settlement associated with local coal mines. With the closure of the last colliery in 1965 and the railway in 1971, the village population declined from a peak of nearly 2,300 to 1,000.[citation needed] Douglas Water is a small village in Lanarkshire, Scotland. ... Lesmahagow is a small town on the edge of moorland, near Lanark in the central belt of Scotland, and is also known as Abbey Green. ...

One Stop Shop

In order to provide a better quality of life the people of Coalburn have worked over the last few years to fund and renovate The Coalburn Miners Welfare by developing a modern One Stop Shop. The Coalburn One Stop Shop was opened just before Christmas 2003 and with the help of funding from Rural Challenge, Leader and many more. The One Stop Shop provides a number of community facilities under one roof. The aim was to help the community to develop IT skills, access training for jobs and improve the local childcare facilities. The One Stop Shop project has managed to maintain these aims and provide the community with various services of interest to young people and others, such as an IT suite, internet access, Cruets Cafe, a new childcare facilty, The Busy Bees, activity groups, various advice and employment services as well as an archive of local heritage for community use.

Village expansion

The village of Coalburn is about to undergo a massive expansion program with the erection of some 400+ new homes. The majority of the village-folk strongly believe that the village as it is cannot cope with such a major increase in population. Poor road system, lack of facilities, no local job prospects, already stretched medical and education facilities are only a few of the issues that are causing people in the village concern. This massive increase in population will change the village-like community spirit that coalburn has enjoyed for many years. The new development has only outlined provision for 1 family pub and 1 outdoor sporting area, which, to many, seems like far too little in the way of compensation for this massive change.

The village expansion also has provision for an ammenities area with a number of interested parties already engaged in discussion for shop space, two vastly improved full size football pitches with a landscaped veiwing embankment, an all weather 7 a side football pitch and not to mention the very probable installation of a gas pipeline into Coalburn as currently there is none.

The area of Coalburn that is to be developed is currently the site of a quarter of a million cubic metres of coal bing, left behind as a daily reminder of Coalburn's history. For over thirty years discussions have been taking place as to how best to remove this eyesore which would cost upwards of two million pounds to shift, not to mention where to put it, contaminated as it is with coal finings.

The village as it is, as mentioned above, has no job prospects for the young people who currently have to commute for employment. The construction of new homes over a period of between five to ten years will not only provide local employment but also potential training and long term prospects.

The majority of people in the village seem to think, not as stated above, that some change is neccesary to keep the villages prospects moving forward, providing meaningful employment over a number of years and providing a sustainable platform for the village to move forward into a new epoch.

All well and good if you like football of course! The young footballers of Coalburn and surrounding areas will be spoilt for choice! However, you have to ask what use this will be to the elderly of the village who are already too scared to open the front door of their homes after 5pm.

 Although this will provide Better prospects for council tenants of the village who are looking to buy new homes, You have to wonder what will happen to the council schemes in the village. 

External links

  • Coalburn IOR Pipe Band
  • Commodore Homes website on the development

Coordinates: 55°35′N 3°54′W Map of Earth showing lines of latitude (horizontally) and longitude (vertically), Eckert VI projection; large version (pdf, 1. ...



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