Some householders in Lochgelly will shortly receive a questionnaire from the recently established Lochgelly Going Forward. The group aims to bring the town in line with other communities which have received funding from the Coalfields Regeneration Trust Community Futures Programme. Cardenden and Benarty both recently attracted funding from the Trust (CRT), and went on to produce 5 year Community Action Plans for their area.
Following a public meeting held at the end of last year, a steering group has been set up with interested local people and groups supported by Community Education Workers Mike Payne and Margaret King, both of whom played prominent roles in the Cardenden and Benarty initiatives.
The group are now ready to start surveying the town to establish what the local community see as priorities for the area. Volunteer teams will be distributing the community views survey to households in the town and forms can also be collected and dropped off at The Community Shop and Lochgelly Centre. The survey can also be completed online.
Lochgelly Going Forward has been granted £28,000 from the Fife Council local community planning budget and this funding will be used solely in Lochgelly and local people will have the opportunity to say where they think the money should be spent.
Volunteers from the steering group are also planning to speak to local businesses and service providers to ensure a wide range of views are collected.
Margaret King stressed how important it was that people from the Lochgelly area make their voices heard.
“We need people to get involved by completing the surveys,” she said. “This information will be crucial as opinions expressed by the local community will form the basis for the Lochgelly Action Plan.”
Mike Payne added “A public consultation on the results will be held at a Community Event to be held in Lochgelly Town Hall from 11am to 2pm on Saturday 30th May. We really hope that the entire community gets behind this initiative by coming along on the day.”
He went on to say: “The survey is a representative survey so not every household in the town will receive one and I would urge the people of Lochgelly to have their say by completing the questionnaire that drops through their door or by going online. If you can’t go online you can pick one up from the Community Shop or Lochgelly Centre.”