Oor Bit - have your say in Cowdenbeath

Oor bit - have your say to improve Cowdenbeath

Oor bit - have your say to improve Cowdenbeath

FIFE Council is calling on local residents in Cowdenbeath to have their say on “Oor Bit” and vote for their favourite local project.

£250,000 has been made available through the council’s Cowdenbeath Area Committee in partnership with Community Councils and other community organisations to encourage local people of all ages to come up with ideas to improve oor bit of Fife. 

In the first phase, which ran over the summer, local people generated over 150 ideas online and by completing and returning postcards.  These ideas have now been reviewed by a steering group of local people and council staff resulting in a short-list of 30 projects to be put to the public vote.

Area Manager Kevin Sayer commented: “I’d encourage everyone in the local area to get involved.

“Projects range from cycle routes and skate parks to information boards and community clean-ups.  Voting will take place at open public events and online via www.oorbit.d21.me.” 

The vote will kick off in Lumphinnans on Saturday 29th October where members of the Lumphinnans Social Group will be going door-to-door with the ballot papers – see their facebook page for more details.

Next is Hill of Beath which is hosting an event in the Community Centre on the evening Tuesday 1st November, followed by Crossgates which is on Sunday 6th November at the royal British Legion Club. 

Events will then be held in Cardenden at Bowhill Centre on Saturday 12th November, in Lochgelly Centre on Tuesday 15th at Benarty Centre on Monday 21st and the Moray Institute, Kelty on Saturday 26th.  

Voting will close with an event at Cowdenbeath Leisure Centre on Sunday 27th November.   The successful projects will be announced at Cowdenbeath Area Committee at its meeting in Hill of Beath Community Centre on Wednesday 30th November.

As well as the project ideas, the voting days will feature local Play Park provision and issues around roads, footways and lighting.  Local residents will be asked to review the condition and availability of play parks in their neighbourhoods and identify their priorities for renewal, replacement and new sites.

The information gathered from this will help form Cowdenbeath’s play park strategy which was called for by Cowdenbeath Area Committee at its October meeting.  People will also be able to see the proposed Area Transportation Work Plan for 2017/18 and contribute their thoughts on the priorities they would like to see addressed.

Added Kevin: “Anybody aged eight and over living or working in the Cowdenbeath area is eligible to vote.  EVERY VOTE COUNTS – please attend the local events (look out locally and on local facebook pages for more information) or vote online at www.oorbit.d21.me


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