Leslie's looking good - with creative improvements voted for by the local community

Archived news: published on Monday 11 Jun 2018 by Fife Council

Cllr Mick Green, Rory Thomas, Cllr Jan Wincott, Cllr Fiona Grant,  and Kyran Thomas

Cllr Mick Green, Rory Thomas, Cllr Jan Wincott, Cllr Fiona Grant, and Kyran Thomas

The community of Leslie voted for High Street improvement projects in 2017. The work has now been designed and carried out for some of the projects and local councillors dropped by to have a look.


One of the projects people voted for is a bespoke memorial bench to commemorate World War one. Located on the pavement outside Leslie library the design was created by local crafts business “Iron Design by Rory,” based at Strathenry Mills, Leslie.


Another project, the Shop Front improvement Scheme, enables local businesses to brighten up the High Street through colourful design and signage on two local shops. Devine Cakes have unique and eye catching shutters for their tearoom designed by Kerry Wilson of Kerry Wilson Art and hairdressing salon “Something Different,” has had its signage restyled.


Margaret Devine of Devine cakes said: “It’s great that local people voted to help local businesses. Being able to access to this funding allowed me to bring in Kerry to create a stunning piece of art for Leslie and anything that benefits Leslie is brilliant.”


Cllr Fiona Grant Convenor of Glenrothes Area Committee said: “After going through the participatory budgeting process and collectively agreeing on the projects, it is now great to see the results. Local people have had the opportunity to come up with creative as well as pragmatic ideas to make improvements in their own community. I’m sure these visually enhancing projects will help make Leslie High Street an appealing place to shop and encourage more people to the area.”   


Cllr Jan Wincott deputy Convenor said: “The WWI Memorial Bench is a beautiful and functional piece of art for the town.  It feels so right having the memorial bench at one end of the High Street, and the War Memorial at the other.

 “It’s great to see local businesses benefiting from Participatory Budgeting. Getting funds back into the community, for what the community decides it needs, is what it’s all about.”


All the projects were funded through the participatory budgeting (PB) scheme which involves voting by the local community for their preferred projects.

The money is made available through the Fife Task Force and grants are awarded for up to 80% of the cost of the work and up to a maximum of £1,000.  This is usually for the repair, reinstatement or improvement of external shopfronts.

The Fife Task Force was set up to provide support for communities most affected by the closures of a number of high profile businesses such as Tullis Russell and Tesco.  

Helen Manzie, Policy Officer 
Tel: 03451 55 55 55 + Ext 44 10 02 Fax: 01592 583527 Contact Helen Manzie online
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