Trust relies on people’s diverse skill

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SKILL, drive and talent among people in Anstruther can feed the creation of a Community Development Trust.

Following a pre-Christmas event in the burgh to measure interest, more leaflets are being distributed and another drop-in session is being held next week in the Murray Library, in the hope of forming a CDT for the area’s future.

Campaigners believe there’s a need for such a group to take forward fund-raising plans for a range of activities designed to attract tourists and bring trade to the town.

It’s also reckoned a CDT is crucial to plans for a community renewables project, which could involve a wind turbine between Anstruther and Crail.

The most recent meeting attracted a good mixture of residents from around Anstruther, Kilrenny and Cellardyke and, according to one of the organisers, Elizabeth Gordon, a varied exchange of views and ideas.

The next Murray Library session - from 3pm-7pm on Wednesday, January 11 - would hopefully see people commit to the project at this stage, she added, enabling a CDT to be formed legally.

There were a lot of people in the area with experience in a range a range of industries - many associated with the sea or work with St Andrews University - who were “passionate” about Anstruther and how ideas could be carried ahead, said Ms Gordon, and it was hoped those with “big ideas” could attend next week.

“There are many extremely talented people in Anstruther,” said Ms Gordon. “It’s a nice town, it’s near the university, and it’s wonderful that there are people in Anstruther like that - a small population but with top talent.”