‘Yes’ to light funds as contract bid fails

Christmas light switch on in Leven
Christmas light switch on in Leven

Councillors have approved funding of £10,000 to pay for local christmas decorations after a bid to find a contractor for the work failed.

Officials had been hoping to set up a contract with an outside company who would handle the annual works at both Leven High Strret and Kennoway shopping centre.

But these plans have not been taken forward, due in part to the involvement of private business owners in Christmas plans in other parts of Fife such as Glenrothes, Kirkcaldy and Dunfermline.

The funds approved at last week’s area committee meeting will cover the cost of putting up and taking down lights and Christmas trees in both Leven and Kennoway.

Discussing the issue, Councillor Andrew Rodger said more had to be done to involve private companies based in the town in the festive celebrations.

He said: “I agree that this is money well spent in Levenmouth, it’s a feel-good factor for the area.

“But I think we need to be speaking to the private sector, businesses such as Sainsbury’s or Argos at the Retail Park and getting them involved in this.

“The channel from the retail park to the High Street is important - and it’s made for some sort of decoration. It could really link the two together.”

Dave Paterson, area services manager, noted that lighting infrastructure would be included as part of works at Bridge Street in the town redevelopment plans.