Around 30 representatives of communities from the East Neuk and Landward area gathered in Anstruther last week to share their views on a proposed initiative to create an East Neuk Community Action Plan (ENCAP).
Funding from LEADER in Fife, and Fife Council, has enabled the ENCAP group to appoint consultants to design a programme and toolkit enabling each area to prepare its own five-year community action plans and develop an integrated long-term vision for the whole East Neuk area.
On the whole, there is enthusiasm for the proposals – community groups feel it would be good to develop a common vision for the future, with well-informed action plans. However, it may also require a lot of volunteer effort – so it’s there will be support and resources to help carry out the work.
Toby Anstruther, ENCAP steering group chairman and owner of Balcaskie Estate, said: “I and The East Neuk Estates group are firmly behind the proposed programme, hoping it will contribute to social and economic vibrancy in the East Neuk and ensure communities were at the heart of decision making.”