Town plans going forward

Shorehead, Leven
Shorehead, Leven

Fife Council has confirmed that a number of plans discussed during last year’s Levenmouth Charrette event will be put into action this year.

This week marks 12 months since the town planning event was held over a week in Leven, and Council bosses are keen to stress that work is still going on to fulfil the plans which were laid out at the time.

First on the list of priorities is regeneration of the Shorehead/Bridge Street area and the Council has already commissioned a detailed plan for the upgrade which was one of the main topics of conversation at the charrette.

The plan includes changes to the car park which could see it double up as a flexible, multi-purpose, pedestrian friendly civic event/ gathering space which will increase town centre footfall, and regenerate a key gateway in the town.

It will also help to improve public safety by reducing pedestrain/motorist conflict and improve the connectivity to other key areas of the town

The Council are also hoping to improve the taxi rank area, however further conversations with stakeholder groups will be required as the detailed plan evolves.

To deliver the planned upgrades, the local authority has requested funding through the Regeneration Capital Grant Scheme run by Scottish Government and the application will be considered over the next few months.

Alongside the plans for Shorehead are a range of other projects which already have a budget secured, or will go in front of councillors at the area committee meeting at the end of this month.

These include implementation of visitor interpretation panels around the town, a deep clean of the high street, and continuation of the Town Centre Business Support Fund, which offers 50 per cent grants of up to £2,000 to town centre businesses for investment projects, shop front improvements and bringing empty units back into use.

Councillor David Alexander said the charrette was “definitely worthwhile”.

He added: “We were aware at the start that there was no capital money automatically following the process.

“However, it was a major consultation project and we now have a plan in place that can be implemented when money comes forward. We are attracting funds and the possibility exists to put forward the plan step by step to the benefit of Levenmouth.”