New community council sets out ambitions

Cllr Smart said there had been a fantastic response from the community.
Cllr Smart said there had been a fantastic response from the community.

Members of the newly established Buckhaven & Denbeath Community Council have praised the community, after setting up the new group.

The community council met for the first time in December, and has already grown from five members to around a dozen, meeting once a month to discuss local issues.

Cllr Ryan Smart, who helped set it up, said there had been a “fantastic response from the community and local organisations”.

He added: “It’s very exciting – especially in a world where sometimes it feels like it takes six or seven weeks to change a lightbulb.

“Businesses and the community are really behind this.”

The group, which will have its next meeting at Buckhaven Burgh Chambers on February 26, is already planning what it wants to focus on in the short term.

Cllr Smart says the group has two short term aims: to work with the gala group to bring the gala back to the area, and to bring back the Buckhaven bonfire.

Donald Young, the interim chairman of the community council, said he joined to help the local community.

While he said he is pleased by the response from local people, he called for more to get involved.

He said: “The more help we get the better.

“I think if we get a bigger response we might be able to bring back the bonfire and the gala.

“We also want to clean up the area a bit.”