At the annual general meeting held on the 14th November, Lochgelly Community Council elected Stevie Murray as the new Chairperson. In accepting the chair’s role Stevie thanked Ernie MacPherson for the work that he has done in this role over the previous 12 months, adding that he hoped that the Council can work together in an inclusive manner to the benefit of the people in our community.
The evening saw the Senior Citizen and Young citizen of the year awards presented. This year Niall McMullen was recognised for his outstanding contribution in the field of Golf, representing both Fife and Scotland at under 16 level.
Long term charity fund raiser and entertainer Bert Allan was awarded for his charitable work over a long number of years, raising funds for countless charities and helping out wherever he can.
In relation to the Council business, there are currently two vacancies to be filled. The Council are seeking nominations for these vacancies. If you are interesting in becoming active in your community and want to work to support the growth and regeneration of the town then you should consider standing as a local Community Councillor. Nominations should be submitted by Friday 7th December.
Air Quality remains a significant concern amongst the council and continued support was discussed for air quality stations to be erected in the town and the need to ensure that appropriate action is taken as necessary. The recent flaring at Mossmorran has only served to add to increasing concerns across the whole of the town. Community Councillors called upon Fife Council to take action to respond to these anxieties.
The Council expressed bitter disappointment at the mindless vandalism of the skate park in the public park. It was reported that due to bins being set on fire underneath the structure causing significant structural damage to the extent that the facility has had to be removed. It is likely to cost up to £25,000 to replace. This combined with the recent surge in damages to people’s cars is causing serious concerns about the lack of policing in that locality. Councillors urged anyone with information on these incidents contact the Police and help tackle this problem.
Local Councillor Linda Erskine reported on Fife Council’s budget consultation exercise, reporting that this was the first time any administration had published their proposals in such detail prior to formal debate. The budget proposes around £11 million pounds worth of savings, with roughly £5 million of this being reinvested into the communities across Fife. Linda highlighted the key themes from the budget proposals Councillor Erskine urged people to take this opportunity to influence the budgets and take part in the consultation.
The next meeting of the Council is scheduled for Wednesday 14th December, 7pm in the Royal Oak Community Club. Members of the public are welcome to attend.