Three projects ‘a priority’ for funding

Shops at Birnam Road, Kirkcaldy
Shops at Birnam Road, Kirkcaldy
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Shops in Templehall, a synthetic turf pitch in Burntisland and community facilities in the Gallatown area of Kirkcaldy have been earmarked as priority projects for community funding.

Kirkcaldy Area Committee agreed yesterday (Wednesday) that the three ventures should be progressed as quickly as possible.

A Community Investment Fund has been set up and the criteria for projects applying for money include: the development of a business case, benefits from the project and the schemes should either replace or enhance existing facilities.

A list of potential projects in the Kirkcaldy area is being put together, but the main ones considered as a priority are Gallatown Community Facilities Network; Birnam Road shops and Burntisland 3G synthetic turf pitch.

The committee heard a recent consultation in the Gallatown area identified the need for family support work, a community cafe, activities for children and young people, and support for older people. The committee agreed for work to begin on producing a business case.

The second scheme is the Birnam Road shops in Templehall. The shops are very run down with broken paving, collapsing stairways and damaged walls. A consultation on the shops has already been held and the plans are now at an advanced stage.

The Community Sports Hub in Burntisland has been developing a 3G synthetic pitch with floodlighting in the town. The cost of the project is approximately £345,000 and so far £115,000 from the capital plan and £107,900 of lottery funding has been secured. But members heard the remaining £120,000 from the Community Investment Fund is needed soon otherwise lottery funding may be withdrawn. Councillors Susan Leslie and Kay Carrington said the pitch would be well used - not only by people in Burntisland and Kinghorn - but by those further afield.