2020 is officially designated as Scotland’s Year of Coasts and Water. The community developed around its connections with sea and river – Leven and Buckhaven based on fishing and seaside resort, Methil as port together with the industry along the River Leven. Yet as the water-related economy declined, all three communities saw this vital connection turn into slow neglect. Finally things may be changing for the better. The River Leven Project promises to revitalise that inland corridor, the return of the railway may boost Leven’s seaside credentials along with other measures such as enhancement of the Prom. In Methil, there is potential for reviving the offshore renewables industry and maybe Methil port eventually.
Even in Buckhaven, more modest efforts led by CLEAR are seeking to revive the Foreshore and the coastal braes. CLEAR’s 2020 Heritage Calendar celebrates this rich tradition now lost but we can look forward to a renewed connection which will be different (stock still available selling at £3 each). This will require sustained commitment and significant investment over coming years.
With the ending of the Aspiring Communities Project, CLEAR has juggled reduced resources and will be open only two days per week from 1st September until 31st March (after that, we are in the dark) but with a regular weekend session added. Volunteer sessions will run on Wednesdays and Thursdays (morning & afternoon), the same as the Community Fridge.
Weekly Update @ 5th January: Volunteer activities resume this week and every subsequent Wednesdays and Thursdays. For anyone seeking simple lifestyle improvements in the New Year, why not take the opportunity to come along and get involved - it offers exercise, fresh air, social interaction, free meal and refreshments and a chance to improve your locality. There are indoor and outdoor activities involved. Drop into 36 College St Buckhaven from 9.45 (for morning sessions) or 1.15 (for afternoon sessions).
The River Leven Connectivity programme, in which CLEAR is closely involved, is seeking input from local people about the issues and suggestions for improving the path connections and other improvements (such as orchards, sculpture and heritage trails). Complete the simple survey online at; https://consultation.sepa.org.uk/…/connectivi…/consult_view/.
Local people should be aware of bike thefts from gardens and sheds reported over this past week so extra security is needed.
For more information, drop into 36 College St Bukhaven (Tues-Thurs), tel: 01592-715021, email email@example.com or check our facebook page.
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Beautiful Fife - Gold
RHS Neighbourhood Award - Level 5 Outstanding (9 years running),
Fife Voluntary Action - Green Organisation of the Year 2017 SURF Community Led Regeneration Finalist 2017, and others
Three Fife Volunteers of the year 2011-17
Fife Voluntary Action- Young Volunteer of the year 2019
Fife Voluntary Action-super start up award 2019 Methil Garden
Celebrate Scotland’s Year
of Coasts and Waters 2020