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Craft Centre in Letham Glen reopened.
Craft Centre in Letham Glen reopened.
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A cautious and thoughtful approach to spending helped Fife Council deliver a handful of projects which have made a difference in Levenmouth communities.

A review of the Local Community Planning Budget for Levenmouth in 2013-14 pointed to several schemes involving major expenditure in which the local outcome was key.

The new play area in Taylor Street, Aberhill

The new play area in Taylor Street, Aberhill

A meeting of the Levenmouth area committee also heard there was was an underspend of over £12,700 in last year’s budget, a proportion of which was being used in the current financial year.

One example of an initiative with benefits was the Taylor Street play area in Aberhill, which, said a report, had enhanced a site in “one of the most challenged parts of Levenmouth”.

Digital provision was upgraded across a number of Levenmouth primary schools, enabling pupils to benefit from new technology in a learning environment.

The Summer In Levenmouth scheme ensured a range of events and activities was available to young people throughout the summer while, after a long wait, new heating and entry doors were installed at the Methilhill OAP Recreational Centre, making the facility much more welcoming and widely used.

Local area services mangedr Dave Paterson said: “Sometimes it’s an innovative approach that’s required.”