A voice for the people of Leven

Leven Community Council members
Leven Community Council members

Just three years ago, it looked as if Leven’s local voice, its community council, would be shutting up shop.

But thanks to a small group of committed individuals, keen to see Leven promoted to its best, Leven Community Council (LCC) got its second wind, and is still going strong.

Right now Leven Community Council is looking ahead. We’ve had quite an active year, and we now have a few more members, which is great

Alistair Suttie

Now re-established with a host of new members after an administration blip at Christmas, LCC is keen to get the ball rolling for 2015, and has already celebrated its first successful event of the year, Promfest.

Held on Leven’s Promenade two weeks ago, the fun-packed event drew hundreds of locals and visitors alike down to the Prom - despite the distinctly blustery conditions!

That followed on from the prestigious Arnhem Memorial Day, held last September, which saw a brand new memorial - created by world-renowned artist and local boy David Mach - unveiled in the town’s festival gardens.

These types of events are something which LCC is keen to see replicated throughout the year.

Chairman Alistair Suttie told the Mail: “Right now Leven Community Council is looking ahead. We’ve had quite an active year, and we now have a few more members, which is great.

“Last year, we obviously held our Polish memorial project, which was a fantastic day and a brilliant success.

“We want to raise the profile of Leven and the more attractions we can create the better.”

Keen to reflect the agenda of locals, Alistair appealed to the wider community - including local businesses and charitable organisations - to keep them abreast of their wishes for the town.

“We can always use more support from the local community. We do what we can in the town, but people need to express their views. What do they want to see, what’s wrong with the town, what’s right with it. We can’t claim to know everything, so we need the local people of Leven to keep us informed.

“It would be great to have a bit more input from local businesses too, and what they would like to see. We try to consult with Fife Council on various improvements in the town, but local businesses could help us a lot.

“We are here to take on board ideas, so any clubs or organisations which need help with events or getting grants, I would urge them to get in touch.”

Two of the newest members are local business owners Michael and Ayshea Morris.

Ayshea explained: “We felt that for a long time, we moaned about things not happening in Leven - not just on the prom but in the town as well - and we both felt we had something to offer as not only do we have business on the prom and high street, we have children twho would benefit from a community which was more ‘together’. We helped out at the Arnhem celebrations and enjoyed being part of a team of volunteers who want Leven to be seen as the lovely wee town it is! When elections came around for new committee members we stepped forward to join straight away! We are excited about the plans for the future with numerous events being planned on the prom and in the town for Christmas.”

Leven Community Council meets on the last Thursday of each month at Scoonie Bowling Club, with the next meeting due to take place at 7.00 p.m. on May 28.