People in three Kirkcaldy and Burntisland neighbourhoods are watching them grow into proud, closely-linked communities.
Projects to strengthen links between Fife Council services, partnership groups and residents in the three areas – Templehall, Linktown & Invertiel, and Burntisland Castle – were greeted with praise yesterday (Wednesday) by local councillors.
There’s a real willingness from people to get involvedIzzy Whyte
They heard of various intitiatives which meant communities were better engaged with organisations.
Members of the Kirkcaldy area committee agreed to call for six-month update reports on each of the Neighbourhood Development Plans (NDPs).
Local development officer Leah Levein said a family hub had been set up at the Philp Hall, while a couple of development days and family fun days had been held in Linktown & Invertiel in recentmonths, attended by a number of local organisations.
Derelict sites were identifed and investment sought to redevelop them, while awareness-raising methods were introduced to combat litter and dog fouling.
A community profile exercise was undertaken and talks held with local community council members and tenants’/residents’ associations. The Linktown & Inverteil Shout newsletter was delivered to local households, while Cllr Judy Hamilton said she’d never seen such large attendances at tenants and resident’s association meetings.
In Templehall, following similar discussions, an NDP structure was put together and a couple of community events are being planned.
Ms Levein said, with Templehall being a much larger area, it was hoped to attract more people to the events so they could see the activities for themselves.
Many trusting relationships with residents had sprung up from these ventures, said Ms Levein.
Fellow development officer Izzy Whyte said a similar newsletter had been produced in Burntisland Castle, while partnership work and community events were encouraging greater dialogue between residents and services. “There’s a real willingness from people in the Castle area to get involved,” she said.
Localities engaging well
Committee chairman Cllr Neil Crooks said while the plans were at different stages, each had achieved a lot.
“This work is strengthening relationships in local communities and will contribute to reducing inequality and poverty, as well as improving life chances,” he said.
“These NDPs have really struck a chord with people; they’re encouraging volunteering, reducing isolation and, most importantly, involving new people in improving their communities.”