A THREE-year blueprint for a better quality of life in Levenmouth communities has been unveiled.
Councillors last week gave approval to the Levenmouth Area Neighbourhood Charter and Lettings Plan 2013-16, which sets out plans to develop “well-maintained neighbourhoods where all tenants and residents feel safe”.
Members of Levenmouth area committee heard at its meeting in Carberry House that the plans aimed to meet the standards of a social housing charter introduced in March last year by the Scottish Government.
The document was developed after a number of local inspections.
Among those contributing were housing service officials, elected members, tenants and residents’ associations, registered social landlords and community councils.
The charter covers the Wemyss villages, Buckhaven, Methil, Methilhill, Kennoway, Leven, Windygates, Balcurvie, and Upper and Lower Largo.
Around 20 streets across the area had been identified as needing the most attention – but Bill Campbell, Levenmouth’s area housing and neighborhoods team leader, stressed they were not being targeted because of any trouble or perceived bad reputation.
The proposed action reflected the environment around the housing areas, he said, and the action would be environmentally-driven, with no desire to stigmatise particular streets.
Some of the main issues affecting nieghbourhoods generally were a lack of two-aparmtment properties, illegal dumping, breach of tenancy – such as garden maintenance – substance misuse, anti-social behaviour, quad and motorbike use, and community safety.
The charter aims to set out what Fife Council could do in terms of standards, building an understanding of how tenants and residents could contribute to better neighbourhoods and explaining how to make the best use of Council homes and services at a local level, through increasing housing opportunities and sensitive approaches to the ensure the best use of housing stock.
Councillors head that, as other issues developed, they would receive quarterly reports as an update to the charter, with a full review in 2016.