METHIL played host to the first in a series of Fife Council-staged budget consultation events.
The authority knows it needs to save well over £60m over the coming three years but has asked the public to have its say on how budget savings should be met.
Further meetings will be held across the Kingdom in the coming days at major towns and villages, where Fifers can meet with councillors and council officials.
Council leader Alex Rowley thanked people who took the time to attend the Methil session.
He said: “It’s a cold and busy time of year, so we really appreciate the effort that people have gone to, to come along and talk to us about budget issues.
“Although only small numbers were able to attend, we talked about local issues that are important to people, and got some good-quality feedback about the budget process.
“I hope more residents will be able to get involved in the rest of the face to face discussions between now and Christmas.”
Levenmouth councillors including David Graham, Charles Haffey, David Alexander, Jim Young and Tom Adams were among those in attendance at Methil to hear peoples’ views.
Cllr Rowley added: “As well as attending these meetings, I would also encourage people to get involved by going online and telling us what they think.
“I’d like to thank everyone who’s already been sharing their views through Fifedirect or returned a paper survey.
“We’re starting to see some good activity so, if you haven’t already, please do take a look at our budget proposals and let us know what you think.”
A questionnaire about the draft budget proposals is available from local offices and libraries and the online at www.fifedirect.org.uk/budget where nearly 90 ideas and over 270 comments have been posted.