A new Plan for Fife - a vision for thriving places

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Published: Friday 06 Oct 2017 by Fife Council

A new Plan for Fife

A new Plan for Fife

FIFE should be a place where people are proud to be. That’s the vision of Fife Council and its partners in a new Plan for Fife.Consultation on the new Plan for Fife is continuing until the end of October. It’s the first time Fife Council and its partners have created a single Plan which outlines a vision for the future of Fife for the next 10 years.

And Fifers are being urged to share their views at www.fifedirect.org.uk/letstalk.

Fife Council’s Convener of Community and Housing Services Cllr Judy Hamilton is urging Fifers to have their say and help influence the public services of the future.

She commented: “The new Plan focuses on four key themes and developing thriving places is one which is a key focus for us in partnership with our communities.

“Just now there are big differences between many communities in Fife. Our aim in this new Plan is to improve places across Fife and work to reduce inequalities within and between communities. It’s a big challenge but we believe we can make a difference.”

A range of approaches have been used in recent years to involve communities in making decisions about their local areas. Local design charrettes have given people an opportunity to plan improvements in their communities and the public services they receive.

Added Cllr Hamilton: “Thriving places should be places where people can live long, happy and fulfilling lives – places people want to visit and invest in.

“They should have a good range of local services that meet the needs of residents and visitors, high quality open spaces and good affordable housing. People should also be safe in their communities and have the opportunity to live healthy and active lives.

“We have to be ambitious if we are to achieve that vision for every Fifer and we believe this Plan gives us the basis for that focus and determination.”

Seven local community plans and health and social care plans are already in place to take forward improvement work and these will continue to be refreshed and updated.

It’s also planned to develop a number of neighbourhood plans for those areas of Fife facing the biggest challenges. Work is already underway in Templehall and resources will be targeted at those communities in greatest need and where there is the greatest inequality in levels of fitness, health and wellbeing.

Cllr Hamilton points out that Fifers already have a lot to be proud of: “We have some beautiful green spaces and a natural environment that draws visitors from all over the world. And we need to continue to shout about what makes Fife great. For example there’s now a new way to help people discover enjoy and support Fife’s wonderful parks and greenspaces as they are listed online at myparkscotland.

By investing in our assets and using our resources wisely we can make more Fifers “proud of their place” over the next 10 years.

“There’s a lot of work to do and this Plan provides the vision to take that work forward. It’s really important that people get involved and that we hear what you think of our proposals. I would urge people to take the time to read the Plan and give us your views.”

For more information and to read a copy of the Plan go to www.fifedirect.org.uk/letstalk where there’s opportunity to leave comments.

Councillors will agree a final copy of the Plan in December.

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