Positive signals over Levenmouth rail link

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THE re-opening of the Levenmouth rail link is still a top Fife Council priority, the region’s administration has claimed.

As part of the council’s budget process, councillors have agreed a list of projects to be funded, including new schools and leisure centres, over the next 10 years.

However, the capital programme is dependent on Government funding, and it’s now estimated that a shortfall of £127m over the lifetime of the plan will mean many previously announced projects will have to be “re-prioritised” by the council.

Despite this, members recently claimed the link remains a priority and have set aside £2m for any infrastructure to be created.

Also still on the table is a project to remove outdated hutted accommodation from schools at a cost of £2.2m and a £1m investment in Fife’s parks and countryside.

In addition, there is a £4m provision to occupational therapy aids and adaptations, and a £1.5m spend on flood prevention projects.

Council leader Peter Grant said: “We are continuing to invest a great deal of money in the fabric of Fife.

“Although we had some difficult choices to make to close the funding gap, we will still be investing about £900m over the next 10 years.

“We’ll continue to review the capital plan regularly to make sure it’s flexible enough to respond to the changing priorities we’ll no doubt face over the next 10 years.”

Councillors have agreed to measures they say will help to close the £127m funding gap.

These include adding extra time to the plan and providing more money from the sale of assets to projects. Also considered a money saver is the decision not to build new care homes.