PEOPLE in Fife are being given the chance to have their say on Fife Council’s draft budget proposals before final decisions are made next year.
Councillors are asking locals for their opinions so they can help influence decisions as the local authority faces cuts of up to £66 million over the next three years.
Now meetings have been organised across the Kingdom to give communities the chance to speak to councillors face to face about the priorities most important to them and to join in discussions about where it makes sense to save money.
The Kirkcaldy meeting will be held in St Bryce Kirk (next to Adam Smith College) on Thursday, December 13 from 6.00 - 8.00 p.m. If you would like to come along to this event, please register your interest by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by contacting the Kirkcaldy locality support team on 08451 555 555 ext 471751 and a place will be reserved. However, it’s not compulsory to register in advance as everyone will be welcome on the night.
Councillor Neil Crooks, chairman of Kirkcaldy Area Committee, told The Press why it is so important for people to come along and have their say.
He said: “I know the people of Kirkcaldy want to see continued investment in jobs to give young people a real chance in life - they are our future. Access to sport and leisure is also a priority for the area and the opening of our brand new swimming pool and sports hall next summer is something I’m already looking forward to.
“I hope that everyone living or working in Kirkcaldy will take this opportunity to let us know what they think of the draft budget.
“By registering for the event in St Bryce Kirk people can get directly involved and talk to us about what they think. We’ll be in a better, more informed position for the budget decisions in February through this type of public participation and in the future, we would like local communities to take even greater ownership of new projects and initiatives in their area.”
The budget proposals include investing: £3 million in social work services, £2.5 million in education services,
£1 million in Dunfermline town centre, £1 million to support more training and apprenticeship places within the Council and £12 million funded through capital expenditure to help improve community facilities.
Savings proposals include: Reducing the amount of investment in parks and open spaces and looking again at contract arrangements for local bus services.
People can also make their views known online at www.fifedirect.org.uk/budget or they can fill in one of the questionnaires available in all libraries and local offices.