THE town of Lochgelly was one of three short-listed projects for a 2012 Scottish Urban Regeneration Forum (SURF) Award under the new Sustainable Place category.

Lochgelly achieved the short-listed status because of the physical, economic and social evidence of the joint commitment and hard work of everyone who has an interest in ensuring Lochgelly is the best place to live, work and socialise.

At the awards dinner in Glasgow on 12 December, the profile of Lochgelly was raised as the town was show-cased as one of the finalists.

Although the town did not win the award, the judges said they were impressed with the scope of the project, the nature of the partnership working and collaboration, the way in which organisations and the community had worked together to efficiently identify key problems and develop initiatives to address them.

Councillor Kay Carrington, Executive Member for Business, Enterprise, Economy & Planning commented:

“It is disappointing that the town did not win the award, however the real reward for the people of Lochgelly is in value of the strong community spirit that exists in the area. Projects such as the local Gala and Christmas lights, which are community led initiatives, as well as business improvement grants and Shop Smart, Shop Local, Shop Lochgelly campaigns which, although are Council led, are delivered in partnership with town centre businesses.”

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