Woodside finds its own voice

It's the first time that residents in Woodside will have a community organisation to represent them. Pic: George McLuskie
It's the first time that residents in Woodside will have a community organisation to represent them. Pic: George McLuskie

Residents in Woodside have taken the first steps in creating their very own community group which is hoped will bring improvements to the area.

Around 40 members of the public, representing all age groups, met at the Lomond Centre on Monday to discuss forming ‘We R Woodside’ - a new community-led body of volunteers aiming to promote well-being and community-based projects in the Glenrothes precinct.

For far too long Woodside has not had either a community council or a tenants and residents group to take forward the interests of the area

Councillor Ian Sloan

Representatives from a range of groups including the Rothes Group, Youth Forum, Dovecot Bowling Club, Glenrothes Rugby Club, Carleton Primary School Parents and Glenrothes Art Club were also in attendance to give their backing to the new project.

Councillor Ian Sloan addressed the meeting and praised the level of commitment already shown by Woodside residents.

“For far too long Woodside has not had either a community council or a tenants and residents group to take forward the interests of the area,” Mr Sloan told the Gazette afterwards.

“But now the community has made the first significant steps to changing that.”

The councillor, who is co-ordinating the steering group, added: “A similar organisation has been very successful in the Collydean area in bringing funding in from Fife Council’s Glenrothes area budget and from external funders.

“It is hoped to replicate this success in Woodside and plans have already been drawn up for potential developments and improvements in Carleton Park.

“I’m a member of an enthusiastic steering group that believes this is a great opportunity to bring forward the priorities of Woodside residents and share ideas which will help to make the area an even better place to live in the years to come.”

During the evening, residents gave their opinions on the findings of a recent community survey as well as put ting forward suggestions for possible projects and ideas for improving Woodside.

Now that the group has received the formal backing of the public, members of We R Woodside now plan to create a constitution and a community action plan for the area.

A further meeting is planned for the coming weeks to report on progress.