The people of Auchmuty are to be given a say in how a multi-million pound investment grant could be best spent improving the precinct.
The Gazette revealed in May that the Glenrothes neighbourhood was one of seven Scottish communities that were to benefit from a near-equal share of a £12 million Big Lottery ‘Our Place’ fund.
And earlier this week representatives from the tenants association, community support groups and Fife Council met with two newly appointed outreach workers who will help co-ordinate the administering of the five year funding initiative.
It’s understood a public meeting will now be called in the next few weeks inviting residents to give their input into how the money should be spent.
The funding represents a major coop for the town, and with £1 million of Fife Council cash already earmarked for Auchmuty as part of the Community Investment Fund, approved in last year’s budget, inroads are certain to be made into alleviating some of the deprivation and social problems currently encountered.
“It’s an exciting time for the community, but we need to make sure we use this substantial amount of funding to give the community what it wants and wants,” Councillor Altany Craig told the Gazette.
“It’s crucially important that we get this right and I’m confident that we will.”
David Nelson, chairman of the tenants group added: “It’s vitally important that as many people within the community as possible have an input into what will be their improvements, we will urge everyone to get involved.”
Big Lottery cash coup set to make huge difference
The ‘Our Space’ Big Lottery initiative is aimed at offering financial support and helping local people to make positive changes in their own neighbourhood.
The Auchmuty precinct in Glenrothes saw off rival Fife bids from Dunfermline and Leven to be chosen alongside projects in Falkirk, Dundee, Ayrshire, South Lanarkshire and Dumfries for a share of the £12 cash fund, to be distributed over a five-year-period.
The Big Lottery first introduced the ‘Our Space’ fund in 2010 when it invested £11 million in 25 regional projects in five neighbourhoods.
Two enterprise contractors are now in place to oversee the administration of the funding over the next five years as uses for the cash are decided.