All play and good fun thanks to new funds

Playpark at Broom estate, Leven, behind Balmaise Neighbourhood Centre
Playpark at Broom estate, Leven, behind Balmaise Neighbourhood Centre

Local youngsters are set to benefit from £110,000 worth of funding into the local area’s playpark provision.

Councillors at the recent Levenmouth area committee approved the cash, which will see improvements made to two parks in Leven and Methil and a whole new park created in East Wemyss.

Councillors were asked to approve funding of £40,000 to install an entirely new play park facility at The Barony in East Wemyss after research conducted by Fife Council found that there was a distinct lack of facilities in the east end of the village compared to the west end.

At the Broom in Leven, a total spend of £99,000 - £30,000 from the local area budget, £65,000 from the Parks Development budget and £4,000 from Glen Housing Association - will be made to complete the second phase of the playpark development.

The first phase was completed last year following extensive consultation with local young people who helped to pick the equipment which was eventually installed.

And at Taylor Street in Methil, councillors were asked to approve funding of £40,000, complemented by £10,000 from the Parks Development fund, to install equipment for older children.

It is hoped that all three projects will be completed within the 2014/15 financial year.

Councillor Tom Adams, chairman of the committee, said: “I’m delighted to see this investment in providing fun places for children to get outside and play. It is vital for their health and development.”