The results are in…

Over 400 people in Wallacetown have shared their views in a community survey aiming to help shape the future of the area.

With a number of key themes identified work is now ongoing to address priorities from drug dealing to dog fouling but also to build on the positives including those who spoke of great neighbours and the sense of community in parts of Wallacetown. 

Everyone from teachers and fire officers to youth workers and police officers hit the streets in the summer to complete the surveys and this week they are joined by a number of local residents to share the results in the community.

A ‘Wallacetown Update’ flyer will be delivered to every household and includes information on the key findings, an update on the work undertaken to date and an invite for people to head to a Community Fun Day [Saturday 16th October, 12 midday to 3pm at Newton Primary School) to continue the conversation and share their views.

The survey and feedback document were coordinated by the Scottish Violence Reduction Unit, who work to create healthier and safer communities around the country.

Inspector Jason Peter, project lead with the Scottish Violence Reduction Unit, who is based in the area said “these results now give us the opportunity to formulate a clear plan which is based directly on the views of residents.

“We would like to thank everyone who took the time to speak with us – it is vital that residents and service providers work together if we are to make lasting positive change in Wallacetown. 

“I would encourage anyone keen to find out more or wishing get involved to come along to the fun day or get in touch directly.”

The ‘Wallacetown Update’ and a more in-depth key findings document are available to download here and here respectively.

Niven Rennie


Telephone: 01786 896785          Email:

Niven has more than 30 years of operational policing experience in the United Kingdom. He joined Strathclyde Police in 1985 serving throughout the west of Scotland in a variety of ranks and positions before progressing to the rank of Chief Superintendent. Niven previously held the role of President of the Association of Scottish Police Superintendents where he represented the interests of the operational leaders of policing in Scotland.

On leaving Police Scotland in 2016 Niven took up the position of Chief Executive Officer of South Ayrshire Escape from Homelessness (SeAscape).

Niven was appointed director of the Scottish Violence Reduction Unit in July 2018.