Let’s talk about plans for pitch

From left, FFTC trustees Liam Anderson & Dave Marshall, chairman Allan Duthie and East Fife FC chairman Jim Stevenson (picture by George McLuskie)
From left, FFTC trustees Liam Anderson & Dave Marshall, chairman Allan Duthie and East Fife FC chairman Jim Stevenson (picture by George McLuskie)

A public meeting is due in mid-January to kick off close community consultation over plans for an artificial sporting surface at Bayview.

The group Fifers For The Community (FFTC) recently received Fife Council funding of £350,000 to provide the surface.

Chairman Allan Duthie said the trustees believed it was essential to tell people of progress to date and let the public say what it wanted from the facility, which had to be community-based and self-financing.

The date and venue for the public meeting had yet to be confirmed, while talks with the Scottish Football Association were also due next week.

FFTC said in a statement: “FFTC wants to create a facility which, over time, will provide as wide a range of sporting and social opportunities as possible,” adding it could only be achieved with the support of the Levenmouth
community.

There has been some controversy over FFTC’s preferred bidder status, with critics feeling its plan was too restrictive in what it offered the community and that the group was too closely linked to East Fife Football Club, as well as concerns over finance.