News that an initial £11,000 has been awarded to Burntisland to start consultation on plans for the town’s future have been welcomed.
Councillors at Fife Council’s executive committee approved an application from Burntisland Community Council for £10,900 to undertake a community consultation event on proposals for the Burntisland Common Good portfolio.
It’s the first application to be granted under the Council’s Community Asset Renewal and Transfer Fund, which has a budget of £300,000 for the next three years.
Alex MacDonald, chairman of the town’s Community Council, told the Press: “I’m delighted that the committee has approved the release of the funds. It means that we can make a significant start to what is likely to be a long, but very positive process.
“I’ll be setting up a briefing meeting very shortly with our consultants. We’ve chosen the STAR Development Group because of its excellent track record in community consultations.
“We’ll then be setting up a steering group which is led by the Community Council and will oversee all of the work which is carried out. STAR will conduct a survey of community views and set up a series of discussions with groups, including local businesses and visitors. The results will be presented at a community event later in the year.
We can make a significant start to what is likely to be a long, but very positive processAlex MacDonald
“We will then be very well-placed to identify the priority actions which have broad support and which will give the best overall benefit to Burntisland.
“Most importantly, it means that we will be well on the way to developing a robust business plan for whatever objective has emerged from the consultation. The challenge for us will be to use that data to help make a powerful case for funding and deliver an outstanding result for local people.”
Councillor Susan Leslie, who proposed the fund as part of the council budget in February, added: “We know that we have to prove the worth of the buildings in Burntisland and this consultation will give us options for the future. We also know that other communities in Fife will be looking to see how we made the most of the funding we have been awarded.”