Burntisland votes on town’s future plans

Young dancers from the town give their views
Young dancers from the town give their views

More than 300 people turned out on Saturday to give their views on what the priorities for the future of Burntisland should be.

And it revealed the residents’ main priorities for action.

These included returning the clock tower and improving the Burgh Chambers for community use; developing more play facilities; dealing with litter and dog fouling; upgrading the High Street and regenerating the station.

Other ideas touched on encouraging more restaurants and a beach cafe; developing paths and cycle ways and trying to get a bigger pharmacy for the town.

The event was the culmination of four months of extensive consultation that has included a community survey, speaking to locals, school projects and a visitor survey.

With 500 responses from a sample of 1000 households, Burntisland residents had already provided plenty of ideas to improve their town, but this was the chance for people to vote for their top choices - and decide what should be the focus of community efforts over the next five years.

The school hall was filled with information from community organisations such as Burntisland Community Council, Young Memorial Hall, Floral Action Burntisland, the Heritage Trust and many more.

Churches Together supplied refreshments and the Parent Council supplied ice cream.

Local shopping vouchers were on offer in the raffle provided by Totally Locally and the Community Council.

And there was entertainment from a wide range of local talent.

The results of all the consultation will now be considered by Burntisland Community Futures steering group and a five-year action plan prepared.

This will guide action by local groups and agencies, and support funding applications and the future of Common Good assets in the town.

Alex MacDonald, chairman of the Community Council said “We were absolutely delighted with the turnout on Saturday.

‘‘Not only do we now know what the priorities are for the community, but we also have lots of people who are keen to be involved in making it happen.”