A PROJECT to regenerate the River Leven valley looks set to land a funding package of nearly £300,000.
The windfall, which was kickstarted by £175,000 from the Big Lottery’s Coastal Communities Fund, will see up to 16 jobs created over the next two years.
Last week councillors also approved £25,000 from the local area budget and additional match funding to the value of £95,000 is currently being negotiated.
Chair of the Levenmouth area committee Councillor Tom Adams said: “I can’t praise the team that put the bid together for this project highly enough.
“To be able to employ up to 16 people for two years and get proper management on both sides of the river should bring environmental benefit and a lot of pleasure to people for many years to come.”
Paid training posts will be created in woodland management and other land-based skills over a two year period for up to 16 people.
In addition a new social enterprise will be created to sustain training opportunities in the long term.
The project will be delivered by a partnership including Fife Council, Living Solutions, local colleges and the Leven Valley Development Trust.
Work has already been carried out in the River Leven valley to make it a more usable and attractive place to visit.
Moves to control the American mink population in the area were carried out recently and a walk down to the river from the Bawbee Bridge has been created.
A Fife Council spokesperson said: “This project will continue these improvements whilst providing new skills and training opportunities for local people.”
“By enhancing the environment around the River Leven valley, it is hoped that more use will be made of the area by families, dog walkers and the local fishing club.
“This increase in use will assist in reducing instances of anti-social behaviour, notably illegal dumping.
“Alongside the promotion of leisure use, the undeveloped nature of the woodland area provides potential for the managed removal of timber, through a woodland management plan, to take advantage of markets in the green and renewable sectors. “A strong link into these markets will help ensure the sustainability of the approach in this area.”