Business group could be on horizon

High Street Leven. Picture by FPA.
High Street Leven. Picture by FPA.

Traders have been registering their interest in setting up a new business group for Leven following a meeting about the future of the town centre last month.

Several business owners gathered on January 19 for the discussion about improvements which are planned for the High Street, Shorehead and Bridge Street.

Many agreed that the formation of a business group - similar to those in towns such as Kirkcaldy and Dunfermline - would be the best way to work in tandem with Fife Council on its future plans.

Chris Wragg from the Council’s town centre development unit, said: “As a first step, more than a dozen town centre businesses have agreed to share their contact details with the Council.

“This will enable us all to have regular communication and share information/ post updates about matters of interest that can impact on the town centre. If this leads to a desire to set up a formal business group, we will be happy to support that.”

Councillor Tom Adams, chairman of the Levenmouth area committee, is keen to see the plans come to fruition.

“I wanted to see this group set up for a while. If there is a group like this, then Fife Council will speak to members and take on board their ideas, because the business community needs to be coming up with these ideas, the Council can’t keep doing it.

“And if the group comes up with initiatives, then we as a Council can take them away and look at getting funding.”

Leven has played host to a number of business groups in the past, most recently Leven Business Association, however it has been inactive for a number of years.