Time to revive the Guardbridge Community

Time to revive the Guardbridge Community


Do you live in Guardbridge, and have ideas about what is needed to help to revive community life in Guardbridge?

Guardbridge community is going through a major period of change. The development of St Andrews University’s Eden Campus will bring new people in to work in the village. New housing developments will see the size of the village double over the coming years.

Link to the consultation page – ‘Time to revive the Guardbridge Community’

In 2016, residents participated in a community event based around the Place Standard. This identified the need for improvement in social aspects of place, including opportunities for community interaction. More recently, the coronavirus pandemic has impacted on many aspects of our day to day interactions with others.

£20,000 has been set aside from the Local Community Planning Budget for the Area for the benefit of the community. Through a participatory budgeting process, residents of Guardbridge will prioritise what projects could be funded to help the community connect with and support each other.

See below for what to expect from each stage of the timeline

Debate : 7 Aug – 4 Sept
Open discussion on type of community activity local residents would like to see supported or developed in the village of Guardbridge.

Proposals: 5 Sept – 2 Oct
Local residents invited to submit proposals online or through a paper form

Review : 3 Oct – 25 Oct
A local steering group will review proposals and agree which proposals meet the criteria to go forward for a public vote.

Voting : 26 Oct – 13 Nov
Local residents vote for the projects they would like to see taken forward.

Results : 16 Nov
Announcement of winning projects

If you have an idea for a project that will help local people to connect with others in within the village, please take part in the discussion below.

You are also invited to have a chat with one of the following people to explore the best way to take your idea forward:

Barbara Mitchell, Chairperson, Guardbridge Community Development Trust, GCDTcontact@gmail.com
Valerie Sturrock, Secretary, Guardbridge Community Council, guardbridgecc@gmail.com
Karen Scott, Community Education Worker, Fife Council: karen.scott@fife.gov.uk , 07718269753

click here to link to the consultation page –  Time to revive the Guardbridge Community

You will need to sign in on the consultation page to take part.

Funding for community groups and individuals affected by Covid-19

Funding for community groups and individuals affected by Covid-19

Are you a community group or an individual and have been affected by the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic? You may be able to get support from the following sources.

Community groups can find out more about sources of assistance during the coronavirus pandemic through various sources here.

Community groups and charities that are responding to and are impacted by the coronavirus pandemic can also get help from Foundation Scotland’s Response, Recovery and Resilience Fund.

SCVO have also set up a Third Sector Resilience Fund for charities, community groups, social enterprises and voluntary organisations working in Scotland. The fund supports organisations that already deliver services and products but find themselves in financial difficulties directly as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. The primary intention of the fund is to help third sector organisations to stabilise and manage cash flows over this difficult period.

Individuals who are facing difficulties can find out about hardship grants here.

new resource has been published by SCDC and Public Health Scotland to support community organisations to carry out their vital work safely during the Covid-19 outbreak: https://www.scdc.org.uk/supporting-communities-safely

Have your say on Dalgety Bay

Dalgety Bay – revitalisation possibilities

Dalgety Community Trust hosted two events for the people of Dalgety Bay to have their say on the future revitalisation of their town centre.

The local design drop-in sessions gave people the chance to share ideas, big or small, see what other people were suggesting, and see the proposals of the Dalgety Community Trust.

The  Dalgety Community Trust are exploring the possibility of developing a new civic square and community hub in Dalgety Bay. They wanted to get peoples views on what this might look like and what is important to the community.

The Dalgety Community Trust is a not for profit body set up by community volunteers to make positive changes for everyone in our community. Our aim is to undertake projects that have a positive impact on our town and reflect the aspirations of those who live in it. To do this we would love you to get involved! You can find out more about the Trust at www.dalgetycommunitytrust.co.uk or follow us on Facebook. If you like what you see, why not think about joining the Trust, it’s free to join and will connect you and keep you up to date with developments as well as the opportunity to get more involved.

Keep up to date with Dalgety Community Trust by clicking here and following their Facebook site.


Plan for Oakley and Comrie

Action Plan for Oakley and Comrie


This Action Plan is a working document which is designed to be adaptable to meet different scenarios and needs of the community. We  are working in partnership with the Coalfields Regeneration Trust, local groups and members of the public to further develop this plan.

It summarises the process and outcomes of discussions held with the community at a number of open consultations and discussions. The contents will be used as a tool to drive, discuss, coordinate and implement change.

We would like you to contribute to the creative process of shaping the strategic future of Oakley and Comrie.

Join the conversation.  Get involved in the implement and delivery of the plan objectives. Why not keep up to date with meetings to develop the future plans and have you say on the future of your community.

Click here to see the Action Plan

Follow us on Facebook @Oakley & Comrie Community Futures or search for the Hashtag #WeAreOakleyandComrie


Neighbourhood Plan for Inverkeithing

Neighbourhood Plan for Inverkeithing


This Neighbourhood Plan is a flexible document which is likely to change. It  is designed to be adaptable to meet different scenarios and needs.

We expect that over the 3 year life-cycle of the plan, conditions, opportunities, partners and funding options will undoubtedly change.

This Plan summarises the process and outcomes of the  Imagine Inverkeithing Charrette Programme that took place in 2018. The contents will be used as a tool to drive, discuss, coordinate and implement change.

One of the key objectives of the Neighbourhood Plan is to empower a range of stakeholders within the local community to, not only contribute to the creative process of shaping the strategic future of the town, but to actually own, implement and deliver the Neighbourhood Plan objectives.

This is not a finished document. It is a draft which we ask you to read and comment on. All the comments received will be used to create an Action Plan which will then be developed to deliver the Neighbourhood Plan priorities.

Click here to see the Neighbourhood Plan for Inverkeithing

How you can get involved

  • Join a local community group
  • Keep up to date with local initiatives and get involved – Follow Our South West Fife on facebook or see what’s happening in your area
  • Get involved in local campaigns and conversations – #Imagineinverkeithing

For more information contact: Lisa Hemphill, Local Development Officer Communities, phone 03451 55 55 55 ext 442763 or email lisa.hemphill@fife.gov.uk


Masterplan for Inverkeithing

Click here for more information on #imagineInverkeithing and to view the Masterplan for Inverkeithing.




Council moves to tackle rural poverty

Council moves to tackle rural poverty

PUBLIC transport costs in rural Fife are making it more difficult for unemployed people to access job opportunities, new research has highlighted.

As part of Fife Council’s commitment to a fairer Fife, the research was commissioned by the North East Fife Welfare Reform and Anti-Poverty Group to look at how living in a rural area can have a huge impact on those living in poverty.

Now further work will be done with a volunteer group to gauge how access to free public transport will make a difference to their lives.

And it’s also planned to work with Stagecoach on better promotion of a national concessionary scheme for those who are unemployed for 13 weeks or more, operated by the Department of Work and Pensions, (DWP). There is currently a low uptake of this scheme which gives a 50 % reduction on bus fares.

Community Manager for North East Fife Janice Laird explained: “Rural poverty is a real concern in this area. Several factors contribute to higher living costs here, including a shortage of affordable housing, older homes with higher fuel costs, expensive food with less access to discount supermarkets and the availability and costs of public transport.

“For all of these reasons we are working with partners on a rural poverty action plan to highlight and tackle these issues.”

Feedback from those who took part in the recent research is that the cost of travelling by bus is having a negative impact on their lives, particularly for those living in the East Neuk area and villages outside Cupar and St Andrews.

There were also examples where the cost of travel had resulted in people having to reduce their travel journeys which compromised their opportunities to seek employment, attend health appointments and see family and friends.

Travel costs were a barrier for many accessing budget supermarkets and in several cases, had led to a reliance on foodbanks and friends.

Difficulties for unemployed people were also highlighted with one participant explaining that it costs £3.50 to get to Anstruther for the job club as well as £8.20 to get to Leven to sign on. “It’s a lot of money and you can’t claim it back.” A single person under the age of 25 gets £251 per month Universal Credit.

Chair of the council’s NE Fife Area Committee Donald Lothian added: “It’s appropriate that we’re highlighting these issues during “Challenge Poverty Week” when there is a spotlight on the work organisations are doing to tackle poverty across the country.

“Our aim as a council is putting fairness at the heart of everything we do by bringing together Fife’s communities, services and businesses to fight poverty and inequality.

“Working together with our partners we will continue to gather evidence to help us better understand the nature and extent of poverty in North East Fife and make a positive difference to people’s lives.”


Imagine Inverkeithing

Imagine Inverkeithing

We asked the people of Inverkeithing to tell us how they would like to see the town develop.

This was an opportunity for residents and community groups to come forward with ideas on how to improve the area, create a place where people want to live, work and meet.

Peoples ideas where categorised into Short-term, Longer-term (2-5 years) and Bigger challenges (5-10 years). Of the Short-term ideas, the most popular were:

  • A Place for teens to hangout
  • High Street Markets
  • More benches / Public Seating
  • Practice Room for musicians
  • An Outdoor Gym

A spatial masterplan for Inverkeithing was developed by AECOM, supported Fife Council and the local community. It establishes a shared vision to shape investment and community decision-making over the next 20 years.

This Masterplan is now available to view online or a hard copy can be viewed at Inverkeithing Civic Centre.

Inverkeithing Spacial Master Plan map


Renewed Rosyth

How would you improve the Goth area of Rosyth?

We want local people to get involved in the “Renewed Rosyth” project and decide how money can be spent in your area.

This is an opportunity for residents and community groups to come forward with ideas on how to improve the area, creating a place where people want to live, work and meet. We’ll be looking at improving the streetscape which includes:

  • street signage,
  • lighting,
  • crossing points,
  • street art,
  • street furniture, and
  • cycle parking.

To give your views take part in our online survey

Renewed Rosyth has been funded by the Scottish Government through the Sustrans Scotland Community Links programme and delivered in partnership with Fife Council.

To find out more contact Susan Dryburgh on 03451 555 555 Ext: 441243


Crail Town Hall Changes – Have Your Say

Crail Town Hall Changes – Have Your Say

Crail Town Hall Management Committee has been managing the upper floor of the Crail Town Hall for over 30 years. During that time the committee has endeavoured to regularly consult user groups to ascertain concerns and respond to user suggestions and to improve facilities. A change of the lease would incorporate the former library area into its lease and make a larger area available for different community uses and also provide a business rental space that could provide income to support further improvements to the Hall.

Changes to the ground floor of the Hall are proposed. The former library area would be reduced to accommodate an area for business rental. This proposal would involve removing the existing internal wall that we do not believe is structural but this is to be confirmed by a surveyor. The Community Hub space would be usable for personal meetings, for example a client and social worker, as well as small group sessions e.g. computer classes. A possible free computer access point is under consideration. Modest facilities would be included for making coffee etc.  Such facilities are not available in Crail at the moment for public use. The views of users of the Town Hall have been sought concerning these proposals and are fully supported by those canvassed.

The Management committee wish to receive comment concerning this development and would ask you to respond either to jackjarvis2018@outlook.com or lesley.kirk@fife.gov.uk by 21 January 2019.


Cupar locals support projects to improve mental health and wellbeing

Cupar locals support projects to improve mental health and wellbeing

LOCAL people in the Cupar area have voted to support seven local projects in the area as part of Fife Council’s bid to create a fairer Fife.

Over the past few months the council has been asking local community groups to come up with ideas which will make Cupar area a thriving place and reduce inequalities.

Now following a successful voting event in the Corn Exchange on Saturday, seven projects, all with the aim of improving mental health and well being, have gained a slice of £15,000 council funding.

The successful projects are:

  • Lighthouse Project    £2000.00
  • Castle Furniture Motorvators Project    £2000.00
  • Include Me Project    £1236.80
  • Fife Folk Museum    £800.00
  • Fife Clan-Howe of Fife Rugby Club    £794.56
  • Ceres Community Café Project    £4000.00
  • Sustainable Cupar    £4168.64    

It is the first time an event of this kind has been held in North East Fife and, almost 100 votes were cast on Saturday.

Every group who had applied for funding were invited to present at the event and there was a chance for all the groups to network with each other and the local people who turned out to vote .

Team Manager Sheena Watson commented: ‘It was really inspiring to hear about the projects and to see local people getting a chance to have their say and vote on projects. This is something we want to build on  and certainly we want to increase the opportunities for people to say how funding is spend in their local areas. They have the local knowledge to say what will make a difference.’
The council has now organised a number of similar participatory budgeting events across Fife in a bid to give communities more control over public spending in their areas.
Added Sheena: “We are working to reduce inequalities and create a fairer Fife for everyone. We will learn lessons from this event and hopefully our next event in the East Neuk next year will be even better!”


Project info

The Lighthouse

The toilet in The Lighthouse is in desperate need of an upgrade. If this is not completed soon it may affect the running of the Lighthouse. The Lighthouse is used by the Cupar community and is especially welcoming to the elderly, vulnerable and disabled. The Lighthouse wants to make the toilet more accessible to its customers. The toilet needs this upgrade to continue to make the Lighthouse a place of refreshment for all.


Offers support to clients with enduring mental health problems and people generally involved with the psychiatric services.

This is achieved through provision of a safe and therapeutic environment with trained support workers teaching auto mechanics, upcycling crafts, providing workshop experience and employment experience/skills.

Our project also abides by a service level agreement which incorporates periodic assessment and delivers a tailored client-based action plan, social outings.

Include Me 

Over the past year, Include Me Citizen Advocacy, through its work in the local area, has identified a need for a collective advocacy group for parents who are carers of vulnerable adult children living at home. Our aim is to facilitate the development of an independent parent-carer advocacy group which would ultimately become autonomous. Outcomes include reduced social isolation, greater inclusion, equality and agency; sustain quality home based care; self-efficacy; healthy, active, fulfilling lives.

Fife Folk Museum – Improve Signage 

Ceres is on the outskirts of Cupar, some three miles away.  To help increase our footfall, we would like to have signage in Cupar to point visitors in the direction of Ceres and to visit our lovely little museum which depicts the past social, economic and cultural life of the county of Fife.

Reaping the Benefits of Rugby 

As part of our overarching ethos of making the sport of rugby more inclusive at Howe of Fife Rugby Club, we would like to promote our Unified Rugby Team and the game in general alongside working with charities and agencies who support people experiencing mental health difficulties to help them in their recovery and gain confidence to re-join the community, improving their confidence, employability, social and team working skills.

Ceres community café – The Village Café 

To provide a meeting place that enhances the quality of life for local residents and that advances informal education with particular regard to the local environment, culture, social, and craft traditions.   The café will provide a safe, welcoming environment for those members of our community who are living on their own and need a friendly listening ear.   The café will be available to rent to the community who wish to hold meetings or social events.

Sustainable Cupar  

The aim of More Moor Road is to enhance the environs of the core path between Cupar and Ceres by providing benches to make it a more inclusive space for less able walkers and children.  The natural habitat will be enriched by installing bird boxes and the planting of an edible verge.  An interpretation board will increase public understanding of local history.  These aims will be achieved with the help of several community groups.