Call to local groups to help shape the future of Cupar

The former ATS garage site in Cupar.
The former ATS garage site in Cupar.

Community groups in Cupar are being urged to have their say in helping to boost the image and prosperity of the town.

The call follows a meeting hosted by Cupar and North Fife Preservation Society at which several community organisations contributed to a ‘health check’ of the town.

Based on its findings, a report is being prepared by the Built Environment Forum Scotland, a ‘go-between’ organisation that mediates on issues and policies affecting the built environment.

BEFS’ chairman, Professor Cliff Hague, attended the meeting in Cupar’s County Hall, along with representatives from Cupar Community Council, Cupar Heritage, Cupar in Bloom, Sustainable Cupar and Cupar Probus.

Also present were Councillor Margaret Kennedy and Fife Council officials.

“Those present were invited to complete a ‘Health Check’ questionnaire which will help BEFS to produce a report which, it is hoped, will point to issues which may be addressed to improve the built environment and economic prosperity of the town,” explained the preservation society’s chairman Des Montgomery.

“Their report will be made public when it is completed and will provide an opportunity for further discussion with community organisations.

“The significance of the event was that provided local community groups came together to discuss areas of mutual interest, such as the planned expansion of Cupar; traffic and the need - or not - for a relief road and the need to find solutions for the Bonnygate gap site and the vacated site of former ATS.

“Unfortunately there was not enough time to discuss all these matters but it was unanimously agreed that the gathering of community organisations was beneficial and that a further meeting should be arranged in the near future particularly as the Fife Local Plan will published shortly and will require a community reaction.”

Groups or societies interested in taking part should contact Kate Hughes, area service manager, or Fiona Mitchell, locality support team leader, who are both based at Fife Council’s offices in the County Buildings.