£24,500 of grants to benefit Dunfermline Abbey and green spaces

Dunfermline Abbey and several local green spaces are among the beneficiaries of £24,500 of community grants approved by councillors.

Tuesday, 2nd March 2021, 5:21 pm

Elected members on the Dunfermline area committee agreed today (Tuesday) to approve the grants in support of the Heart of Dunfermline partnership, the Dunfermline Greenspace Forum and the Dunfermline Abbey Churchyard Project.

Heart of Dunfermline - a project that aims to promote the use of Dunfermline Abbey among the community - will use its £7,500 grant to appoint consultants who will examine how exactly the partnership can fulfil its mission.

The Greenspace Forum got £10,000 to assess how the town's parks, woodlands and open green spaces can be protected and supported in future, particularly given their heavy use during the coronavirus pandemic.

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Dunfermline Abbey (Pic: Owen Brand)

And the Dunfermline Abbey Churchyard Project, which seeks to provide educational activities and training opportunities relating to the upkeep of the Abbey's grounds, has been gifted £7,000 from the local community planning budget to support its work.

Elsewhere, six council-led projects got £75,000 of funding to maintain woodlands, upgrade community centres and improve the security of local assets.

The committee agreed to provide £15,000 towards CCTV for Pittencrieff Park to deter vandals, and £4,000 for window shutters to enhance the security of Pittencrieff House.

In addition, £18,000 has been provided towards replacing the floodlights at Dunfermline High School, £13,000 for woodland maintenance at Calaismuir and Townhill, and £3,000 for kitchen upgrades at Townhill Community Centre.

The CCTV project for Pittencrieff Park was given particular support by Dunfermline Central councillor and provost, Jim Leishman.

He said: "We've got to protect one of our best assets in the Dunfermline area."

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