Community council’s work over four years highlighted

Community council secretary Douglas Provan (left) at the unveiling of the relocated Mercat Cross.
Community council secretary Douglas Provan (left) at the unveiling of the relocated Mercat Cross.

Work carried out over the past four years by the outgoing Cupar Community Council has been highlighted by the secretary of the voluntary organisation, Douglas Provan.

The present council met for the last time last week, with the new council set to take over on the 25th of this month.

Elections were scheduled to take place this month but, as generally happens in most councils, the number of nominations received was less than the number of seats.

Fifteen names were put forward for the 18 seats, meaning everyone is elected, with the council having the authority to seek co-opted members.

It is believed that 12 members of the old council will be on the new council.

Mr Provan said the council had run summer bandstand concerts, fought to keep toilets and the recycling centre open and had bunting flown for the children’s gala.

The community council had worked with Fife Council to move the Farmers’ Market from the Bonnygate car park to the Crossgate, created green gyms at the Haugh and Duffus Parks, and helped Fife Council with traffic layout and the placing of the Mercat Cross (from the centre of the Crossgate to the pavement on the west side of the road).

The community council had also assisted Cupar Heritage with the dedication of the Cross at its new site and helped Cupar Heritage with research into Cupar’s first war memorial at the Adamson Hospital, along with the actual dedication service.

Other projects involving the community council included the dedication of Cupar’s first war memorial at the Adamson Hospital along with funding the restoration of Cupar War Memorial.

Over the years the community council has also helped with fund raising for the town’s Christmas lights and taken part in the town’s Christmas lights switch-on celebrations.

In addition, Mr Provan said members had assisted various organisations in the town and responded to various issues raised by the public.

“As secretary, I would like to thank the full members for their hard work and cooperation.” Members were also thanked last week by chairman, Canon Pat McInally.