Councillors splash out on river work


THOUSANDS of pounds are to be spent on upgrading the River Leven.

A project has been launched for a series of works that will be led by community group Take a Pride in Levenmouth (TAPIL).

Among them is the installation of security barriers and bollards as well as the total resurfacing of the walk at the bottom of Steelworks Brae.

Other proposals include the planting of a mix of native trees, the creation of a wildflower meadow for insects, planting of shrubs and the installation of bat boxes on mature trees along the stretch of river.

TAPIL was successful in agreeing a £5000 payout towards costs from the Levenmouth area committee when it met at its monthly meeting in Carberry House, Leven on Wednesday.

Fife Council locality team leader, Stewart Christie said: “The River Leven is very important to this area in terms of bio-diversity.

“We are trying to get the river used more regularly and want people to be going down there.”

Efforts to save one of the river’s rapidly declining residents, the water vole, will also be included in the plans.

The predatory American minks, who hunt the vole, will be the target of trapping sessions.

Councillor Arthur Robertson said the river was a “superb asset” to Levenmouth.