The Community Action Plan summarises communitry views about: Lochgelly - the community now, the vision for the future of Lochgelly, the issues that matter most to the community, the priorities for projects and actions. The plan will be used as a guide for the Lochgelly community to try and make happen over the next 5 years. The Action Plan has been informed by extensive community engagement carried out over a six-month period from March - August 2015.
Through extensive public consultation key themes were identified that encompass the priorities for action within the Lochgelly community.
Residents identified the lack of a community centre and dedicated youth facilities as the highest priority under this theme.
The number one priority for action is the upgrade of local parks and play facilities.
The main priority for residents was for the improvement of health provision services in the local area.
Residents wish to see improved shopping opportunities in the local area.
Are you a locally based group seeking to improve Lochgelly? Are you a resident wanting to improve the local area? Why not look at the Lochgelly Community Action Plan to see if you can help to improve the local community and get help and support to develop your project! Many HELPING HANDS make light work!
To develop the Lochgelly Community Action Plan, key stages were required to be met to allow the project to progress. The project is at Key Stage 6 whereby a robust Community Action Plan has been distributed, that can then be utilised by residents and community groups to seek change within the Lochgelly area through the development of community projects, and applying public pressure on local representatives (Fife Council, Councillors, Lochgelly Community Council) for action.
A public meeting was held to inform residents of the opportunity to become involved in the Project. Representatives from Community groups as well as individuals with an interest in Lochgelly signed up.
Surveys were distributed to households in Lochgelly and were provided online; stakeholder meetings with local groups and businesses have been held. We wanted everyone in the community to have their say.
Data collected from the online surveys, household surveys, surveys distributed during the Lochgelly Gala and stakeholder meetings were collated to identify common themes which identified key priorities.
Results of consultations were put on display at a well publicised public event held at Lochgelly Town Hall, to allow local residents the opportunity to vote for their priority projects and actions.
All information collected from the votes and feedback left, was pulled together into an Action Plan document, published as a magazine, made available online, and distributed in the Lochgelly area.
The Action Plan will be a guide for the work of community groups over the next 5 years and will be evidence of community need and support for priority projects for funders and partner organisations.
Our small gallery captures areas of Lochgelly that were identified (either as a positive or negative) during the public consultations, as well as providing a snapshot of the community events that were held as part of the process.
The Community Learning Development department within Fife Council held a public meeting on 26th November 2014 to seek a partnership between residents and community groups that will be responsible for leading a project that will engage with the Lochgelly community, to identify local positives and negatives, for the formation of a local Community Action Plan, that can be used to develop short/medium/long term projects for the benefit of residents, as well as provide Lochgelly with a robust document that can be utilised to seek improvements within our town.
The Local Community Planning Budget provided an initial fund of £28,000 to help kick start short term projects identified by Lochgelly residents in the Community Action Plan. The project also recieved in-kind support from residents, Ore Valley Housing Association, Community Learning Development, Lochgelly Community Development Forum, and Loch of Shining Waters.
The Key Priorities identified by residents were split into four distinct categories. Local groups were then invited to submit applications for funds to tackle identified issues under one of the key priorities.
Residents were invited to an Open Day at the Lochgelly Town Hall to view the identified priorities for action, and vote on which groups should recieve funds to deliver local projects that help improve the Lochgelly area, in line with the priorities identified by residents.
Lochgelly South Parents Teacher Association
Lochgelly Community Christmas Lights
Lochgelly West Primary School Parents Council
33rd Fife (Lochgelly) Scout Group
Growing In Lochgelly
Lochgelly & Benarty: St Serfs Parish Church
Lochgelly Heritage Group
If you want further information please contact the Lochgelly Community Development Forum who are kindly acting as a signpost agency on behalf of the steering group.