Good turnout to discuss Kinglassie future

Members of the steering group with representatives from CRT and pupils from Kinglassie Primary School.
Members of the steering group with representatives from CRT and pupils from Kinglassie Primary School.

Over 100 people turned out to have their say on Kinglassie’s future as the Coalfields Regeneration Trust revealed the outcomes of the household survey at a family open day recently.

The findings of the survey, which was part of the CRT’s Coalfields Community Futures programme, covered a wide range of issues, including Community Buildings, Natural and Cultural Heritage, Community Facilities and Public Services.

Those attending the event in the Mitchell Hall had the chance to vote for projects which they think should be included in the area’s five year community action plan which aims to make Kinglassie a better place to live, work and visit.

The Coalfields Regeneration Trust has put up a participatory budget of £20,000 to help get priority projects off the ground.

Steering Group Member Sheena McGowan said: “There was a great atmosphere at the open day with lots of very positive vibes and suggestions.

“The threatened closure of our local library was one of the most discussed issues, but we also had suggestions for improving pathways, a village clean up and more activities and facilities for young people including a school radio club and a Skate/BMX Park.”

Enid Trevett, the CRT’s community engagement officer, said: “It was really good to be involved in such a friendly and positive event as local people expressed their views on how the village should develop.”

The Kinglassie Steering Group will now spend the next couple of months drawing up a five year community action plan for based on the survey findings and the feedback from the open day.

Everyone can have their say through the programme

Nicky Wilson Scottish Trustee of the CRT, said: “Our Coalfields Community Futures programme ensures that everyone can have their say on what the future should hold for their area. Kinglassie has obviously embraced that principle in a very positive and enthusiastic manner”.

Sheena McGowan added: “Special thanks go to Kinglassie primary who entertained us with their country dancing, a Burns recital and an art exhibition on Kinglassie’s 20/20 vision.

“We also saw councillor Peter Grant in a very different light as he played the fiddle and got the audience up to dance.”

Kinglassie Action Group put on a photographic exhibition of Old Kinglassie which attracted a lot of attention.