Leven Charette: What did it achieve?

Bridge Street, Leven
Bridge Street, Leven

Plans to develop Bridge Street in Leven off the back of the successful Charette event could be in jeopardy after a Fife Council funding bid failed.

The local authority had applied to the Regeneration Capital Grant Fund, run by the Scottish Government to help transform disadvantaged 
areas, for vital cash which would have helped put a number of ideas born out of the town planning event into place.

However, the bid for just over £535,000 to develop 
better links between the High Street and the retail park has been knocked back by the government, which has an apparent 
focus on larger infrastructure projects across Scotland.

Dave Paterson, area services manager for Levenmouth, said: “The Government was obviously looking for larger scale projects, as there were a number of other bid from other Fife towns which were knocked back too.

“I have a meeting next week to go over other funding sources, and this will probably be a patchwork-funded project, rather than the funds all coming from one source.

“For us, this is an issue that’s got the mandate from the public and one that people see as an important link.”

He added: “We are still committed to the project and if we can get funding agreed soon, we will be looking to get something started in the area in the new financial year.”

Councillors at last week’s Levenmouth area committee meeting were keen to see that the project continue and 
the aims of the Charette realised.

Councillor David Alexander said the issue must be kept at the top of the agenda, with Cllr Tom Adams, chair of the Levenmouth area committee, in agreement, saying the 
momentum which was created during the Charette must not be lost.