New plan must suit everyone

A green gym
A green gym

DEVELOPMENT of a Local Community Plan for the Kirkcaldy area is beginning to take shape.

Although still in its early stages councillors heard about the steps being taken to form the basis of the plan at a recent meeting of Kirkcaldy Area Committee.

Danny Cepok, Kirkcaldy area services manager explained that every area in Fife is looking to develop a local community plan to guide Council officers, services and partners on issues and priorities specific to that area.

He said the Kirkcaldy area is “in a bit of a unique situation” in that it has 74 Scottish Index of Multiple Deprivation (SIDM) zones, of which 21 fall into the 20 per cent most deprived in Scotland, but it also has some areas at the other end of the scale, and given this “mixed picture” forming the plan will be “challenging” to meet the needs of all communities.

Themes

Four themes have been identified to guide the development of a Kirkcaldy Area Local Community Plan: economy, employment and learning; neighbourhood pride and development areas; parenting, early years and young people; and health and well-being.

The next step of the process is going to be taking things theme by theme and holding some sort of event that brings together people with a particular interest in that theme, as well as services and partner agencies, to allow a discussion to take place on what the key issues are and how they can be tackled.

Mr Cepok added: “Inevitably we can identify things we might be able to deal with now, but we don’t want to get into the situation where we start something new and nothing happens for months.”

Priorities

He told councillors after such an event within communities, a report would be brought back to the area committee for members to be able to discuss the issues and priorities raised.

Among those priority activities already identified by the Local Community Planning Group and ready to be implemented are community work modern apprenticeships; roving health information points; a green gym in Beveridge Park and community food champions.

As the plan develops in the coming months more priority activities to address the key themes featured in the community plan will be found.