Have your say on budget

A public consultation meeting will take place at Parkhill Primary School
A public consultation meeting will take place at Parkhill Primary School

Residents in Levenmouth are being encouraged to take part in the consultation for Fife Council’s draft budget proposals at a series of events this month.

Speaking at the recent Leven Community Group meeting, David Paterson, area services manager for Levenmouth, told members the Council was keen to find out what people’s priorities were and where they think savings should be made.

The Labour-led Fife Council launched its draft budget proposals late last month as it endeavours to make savings of £77 million over the next three years.

The public consultation period launched on Monday and will run until January 13, 2015, with the budget expected to be announced in February.

As part of the public consultation, a number of events have been organised throughout Levenmouth to give locals the chance to provide their comments on the proposals, which include a possible revision in class sizes, carrying out less road safety work throughout the Kingdom, an increase of 50p in the concessionary rail travel scheme and an increase in the price of a school meal by 20p.

The first in a series of drop-in events takes place this evening (Wednesday) at Methil Library between 4.00 - 6.00 p.m. where Councillor David Graham will be on hand to discuss any issues you may have.

This is followed by a similar drop in at Sainsbury’s Leven tomorrow (Thursday), from 4.00 - 6.00p.m., where Councillor Tom Adams will be available to discuss the proposals.

Two further, more in-depth, events will take place next week. On December 9, at 6.30 p.m., a public meeting will be held at Parkhill Primary School, with particular focus on issues surrounding investment in the town centre area.

And on December 16, also at 6.30 p.m., a meeting will be held at the FRIC in Methil, where issues pertaining to transportation will be discussed.

Mr Paterson said: “We want people to understand the draft budget and understand how it will affect their community, and then comment accordingly.

“We would also encourage people to go online at www.fifedirect.org.uk/letstalkbudget.”