Success at community cash events in Methil and Methilhill

Coalfields Regeneration Trust steering group at Community Futures Programme event, Nov 2015
Coalfields Regeneration Trust steering group at Community Futures Programme event, Nov 2015
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Two open days held in Methil and Methilhill organised by the Coalfields Regeneration Trust have been hailed as a great success.

Over 100 people turned out for the two Community Futures Programme events in Methilhill OAP Centre and the other in Methil Community Centre.

As well as picking their favourite projects, which will be included in a five-year action plan, they also voted for the local projects they wanted to share the future programme’s £40,000 participatory budget, with £20,000 provided by the Coalfields Regeneration Trust and another £20,000 of match funding from Levenmouth area committee.

There was a heavy emphasis on outdoor activities among the issues attracting most votes for possible inclusion in the five-year plan.

Councillor John O’Brien, a member of the local CRT steering group, said: “Methilhill and Lower Methil are two different communities but these meetings brought them together, because a lot of people attended both meetings and it was a great opportunity for me and other members of the steering group to meet them all.”

A final decision on the £40,000 of funding is expected in the new year.

Among the local organisations bidding for a share of the funds were: Arden House, Levenmouth Foodbank, Methil Sea Cadets, Methil CCI, Expression School of Dance and Methilhill and Denbeath Parish Church.

Bob Young, Scottish trustee of the CRT, said: “It was really good to see how well the residents of Methilhill and Methil responded to our decision to take the consultation process to them.

“The steering group now faces a big challenge capturing the really positive feedback and using it to produce what I am sure will be a first class Community Action Plan for the area.”