Council bid to nurture town centre prosperity

Leven High Street, Leven, Fife
Leven High Street, Leven, Fife

Various factors influencing 21st century shopping have prompted a Fife Council bid to safeguard town centres.

A new range of measures is designed to protect and enhance town centres across the Kingdom – including Leven – to help sustain employment, services and leisure opportunities, and visitor attraction.

A report, ‘Support For Fife’s Town Centres’, which complemented an earlier statement, ‘Building Stronger Fife Communities’, was approved last week by the council’s environment, enterprise and transportation committee.

Town centre management support, promotion of investment opportunities, events/marketing and environmental improvements are part of the plan. Other targets are working with private owners to improve property maintenance and appearance, reducing crime and anti-social behaviour, and attending to vacant units.

Members heard town centres faced increasing competition from options available to shoppers and investors, such as online shopping and out-of-town facilities.

In Leven, a number of the initiatives are incorporated in the Levenmouth Area Regeneration Action Plan, rubber-stamped by local councillors in May.