Supporters have hit back at the nomination of Leven for the controversial Carbuncle Awards, which highlight the worst towns in Scotland.
As we reported last week, Leven has been put forward for the title of Plook on the Plinth and, in the nomination, was described as depressing, rundown and violent with the rudest locals in the country.
While acknowledging that Leven had its problems, both the town’s community council and a writer on the Carbuncle Awards’ website said the attack on Leven and its people was a low - and unjustified - blow.
Alistair Suttie, chairman of the Leven Community Council, was angered by the scathing comments made by the nominator, saying he had not only slated the architecture but painted a grim picture of a High Street “choked with aggressive beggars and glowering locals.”
“He states, categorically, that the locals are the most ill-mannered in Scotland,” Mr Suttie said.
“That is a charge not to be made lightly, how much research did he do for that?
“Apparently he can’t enjoy a pint without having to join in with the community singing of The Sash or The Fields of Athenry.”
Mr Suttie continued: “We have a great seafront, we have great golfing facilities and we have great people.
“Without doubt Leven High Street is badly in need of a boost, but throughout Scotland many town centres are blighted by the architecture of the ‘60s and ‘70s.
“Often there are decent-looking buildings hiding behind those horrible canopies.
“Levenmouth has been starved of investment over the years, industry has been lost and never replaced.
“With a positive attitude and the political will we can improve and enhance this area and make it attractive again,”
Writing on the website www.urbanrealm.com, the site for architecture magazine Urban Realm, which organises the awards, a contributor who only identified himself as ‘Paul’ also defended Leven and a good place to live.
“Leven has a picture postcard beach with views round the bay from Shorehead all the way to Largo, with the magnificent Largo Law in the distance,” writes Paul, who pointed out the competition was about buildings not mood.
He lists many of the town’s other advantages - two golf course, one of which is championship standard, large grassy areas for walks and the Festival Gardens.
“The pubs and clubs are frequented by working class people who enjoy themselves with drinking and dancing being to the fore,” Paul continues.
He points out that no weekend night in a conurbation of Leven’s size goes trouble-free and he reckons Leven is no worse than anywhere else.