Hope flickers over fate of community council

Leven emblem
Leven emblem

FRESH interest has signalled a possible reprieve for Leven Community Council.

The beleaguered group looked set to fold after a decline in membership and a lack of willingness to take on office bearers’ roles.

However, a handful of interested residents turned up at a special meeting last week to find out more about the community council’s remit.

The outcome was that another meeting is being scheduled for August 23, at a venue to be decided.

Last week’s gathering was arranged according to the constitution and open to Leven residents to come along and have a say in whether the community council could continue.

Outgoing secretary Jack Carrie said that, while its future was still by no means assured, the interest had been encouraging.

Four members of the public joined regular members on Thursday evening and asked questions about the community council’s purpose and what being a part of the group entailed.

Mr Carrie said it was still hoped to introduce new members to Leven CC but commitment was still needed for the office bearers’ positions and general responsibilities, over and above regular membership.

Leven has had a community council for around 35 years, following the mid-1970s reformation of local government.

But members feared it had fallen victim to general apathy in recent years and perhaps a dwindling of interest among the community in groups of its type.

Mr Carrie also said changes or cuts nationally in funding were damaging many community councils and similar organisations around Scotland.

A motion to wind up the ‘wee council’ in Leven was approved at the annual general meeting in May, following the resignations of Mr Carrie as secretary, treasurer Peter Brown, and one other member.

But with at least one more meeting to come before a final decision is made, it’s possible a new wave of commitment may save it.

Readers on the Mail’s Facebook page suggested the commuity council ought to have a bigger presence, to make more people aware of its existence, while Councillor David Alexander said community councils probably had more power in the planning system than before.

Mr Carrie said instigating the Regent Community Cinema and providing a forum for Parkhill Primary School during its refurbishment had been among Leven CC’s most significant recent achievements.