Community groups are celebrating local successes and continued growth of Lochgelly after being nominated and winning a SURF Award for the most improved town in Scotland.
The Scottish Urban Regeneration Forum manages the awards in partnership with the Scottish Government for the purpose of recognising projects that can demonstrate the value of a long-term approach to regeneration by developing comprehensive strategic plans that will deliver real and sustainable benefits for all.
The award was a collaborative effort by Fife Council, Ore Valley Housing Association, and Lochgelly Community Development Forum.
Chairperson for the LCDF, Eileen McKenna says:
“Although we played a key role in the award with several partner organisations, this award signifies the contribution from many local groups and charities that operate in the area for the benefit of the wider Lochgelly community.”
An integral partner that helped win the SURF Award included Ore Valley Housing Association who’s developments from the Business Centre, work on the Miners’ Institute, and the new business premises and housing on Main Street, helped play a pivotal role in improving Lochgelly and winning the award.
CEO Andrew Saunders for the Ore Valley Group comments:
“Ore Valley Housing Association is delighted to have played a role in the regeneration of Lochgelly and the success in winning the 2016 SURF Scotland’s Most Improved Town Award is a fitting tribute to the work put in by the many community stakeholders to drive change and improvement across the town. “
Fife Council was recognised for their role in assisting residents with the Lochgelly Community Action Plan. The Action Plan was born through an extensive community engagement process, led by residents, that identifies the priorities of action for the community over the next 5 years.
Helen Ross, treasurer of the LCDF accepted the award at Monday evening’s ceremony “Absolutely thrilled for the town! I was so proud to collect the award on behalf of the community of Lochgelly”
MSP Annabelle Ewing also gave her congratulations to the townsfolk of Lochgelly:
“I was absolutely delighted to hear that Lochgelly had won the Most Improved Town Award at the Surf award ceremony. All credit must go to the Lochgelly Community Development Forum and everyone in the town who have worked so hard to make a difference. Well done to Lochgelly and the fantastic folk who live there”
The award is on permanent display at Lochgelly Community Shop.