Leven Community Council has been forced into temporary suspension after being derailed by administrative errors.
Two invalid submissions by would-be members pushed ‘the wee council’ below the required number of nine nominations at last week’s elections.
But the group has already swung into action to begin the reconvening process and fully expects to be back in official business next year.
Chairman Alistair Suttie said the foul-up was purely down to administrative matters and not any lack of enthusiasm or apathy, which had threatened the council’s future a couple of years ago.
In the meantime, former members will be fulfilling their plans for the switch-on of Leven’s Christmas lights on November 29 but the group will not be undertaking any big-spending projects until it is officially re-established, probably around February or March.
Mr Suttie explained one applicant’s form had not been filled in correctly, while another was spiked because the person had not lived locally for long enough.
However, the matter was “in hand”, he added – all the forms had been re-submitted and completed correctly, while a petition asking for the community council to be re-elected, bearing the minimum of 20 signatures, was being sent to Fife Council, as part of the electoral law process.
Community councils in East Wemyss and Anstruther are also aiming to return in 2015, after falling short of the minimum nominations, while Kennoway, Largo, Carnbee/Arncroach, Colinsburgh/Kilconquhar, Crail, Elie/Earlsferry, Kingsbarns, Pittenweem and St Monans were successfully re-elected.