Local communities have their say on how to spend £60,000 - "Forward West Fife"

Archived news: published on Thursday 02 Feb 2017 by Fife Council

Get involved in "Forward West Fife"

Get involved in "Forward West Fife"

FIFE Council is calling on eight villages in South West Fife to get involved in deciding how to spend £60,000 and improve their local area.The council, in partnership with the Coalfields Regeneration Trust and Forward West Fife Steering Group is asking people from Kincardine, Saline, Steelend, Culross, Low Valleyfield, High Valleyfield, Newmills and Torryburn to come up with ideas for projects that could help regenerate the area following the closure of Longannet Power Station.

Fife Council’s Area Manager for South West Fife Alastair Mutch explained: “The council and the Scottish Government are funding the “Forward West Fife” project to the tune of £60,000.

“The aim is to involve local people in deciding how public funding is spent in their area, coming up with ideas and then deciding which projects should receive funding by taking part in a voting process.

“This approach is known as ‘participatory budgeting’ and was a recommendation from the Fairer Fife Commission as a way of creating a Fairer Fife, getting people involved and giving them a direct say in where public money can make a difference to their communities.

A community seminar held by the Coalfields Regeneration Trust last summer encouraged local people to come up with visions and solutions they would like to see for their area. People who took part identified three priorities; heritage and tourism, access to services and local economy which will now be the focus of the fund.

Chair of the council’s South West Fife Area Committee Cllr Bobby Clelland is encouraging as many local people as possible to get involved. He added: “We want to see lots of applications coming in from the targeted communities for a share of this funding and we would encourage people to get together, get talking and come forward with projects they think will benefit their communities.”

Applications must be returned by Friday 17th February 2017. A Steering Group of community representatives will then review applications and identify those which will go forward to a Decision Day event on Saturday, March 4 in Kincardine.

Successful applicants will then be invited to pitch their project and local people will vote on who should receive the funding.

Support and advice from local development workers is available from Fife Council and Coalfields Regeneration Trust http://www.coalfields-regen.org.uk/coalfields-longannet-initiative/ . For more information on how to apply check out www.fifedirect.org.uk/letstalk or call Joan Milne on 03451 555 555 Ext: 490136.

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