More funds made available for Levenmouth parks

Toll Park, Buckhaven
Toll Park, Buckhaven

LEVENMOUTH is to receive nearly £300,000 worth of improvements on park provision after councillors approved new funding.

Councillors at the recent Levenmouth area committee meeting were asked to commit up to £100,000 of area budget funding for the improvements at The Broom, Cotlands Park and Aberhill Park.

Those funds would be added to the Parks Development budget of £180,000 to bring the total to a possible £280,000.

Planning for the parks has already begun and the Council is in consultation with local children on what they would like to see. Work on all three parks is expected to begin no later than next year.

In 2008, it was found that the quality of green space in Levenmouth was poor, but since then, a number of projects have been put in place to improve local facilities.

To date, £153,000 from the area budget has already been spent on environmental improvements in the last year, as well as a £200,000 investment at Toll Park, Buckhaven.

The second phase of works in the park took place earlier this year, and visitor numbers have already seen an increase.

Councillors were positive about the plans, with Cllr Andrew Rodger commenting: “This is good for the community and it uplifts everyone because they can see where the money is actually being spent.

“We have proved that we can do this well at Toll Park, and all of the areas mentioned deserve these improvements.”

Chairman of the area committee, Cllr Tom Adams agreed, adding: “This is really important work because the quality of green space really affects people’s lives. It boosts our pride and confidence in where we live and has a positive impact on people’s mental health, as well as helping a diverse natural environment to thrive. I hope we can replicate the success we’ve seen with the investment going into Buckhaven.”