Tackling flooding and potholes ‘big priorities’ for Fife Council

NEW plans have been unveiled by Fife Council to tackle flooding and potholes in the constituency.

The local authority said it will put £5.45 million towards addressing flooding across the area, with an extra £2 million to be invested in roads over the next two years.

Co-Leaders of Fife Council, councillors David Alexander and David Ross, commented, “The council already has an ambitious capital programme to maintain and improve our assets, including new schools to support Fife’s growing population, new care homes and council housing.

“Capital funding is tight, but we have the opportunity to put additional investment into some key projects over the next couple of years.

“We have all seen the increasing impact of flooding in many of our communities over the past few months.  Although we rely on the Scottish Government for the bulk of funding to address flooding, we are proposing to commit an additional £5.45m to tackle this problem.

“We are also determined to maintain and improve Fife’s roads and we propose to accelerate our roads programme by increasing expenditure on roads by £2m in each of the next two years.

“As well as these major projects we will also be investing in some of our most important community facilities.  It hasn’t been possible to re-open the Beacon Leisure Centre in Burntisland during the pandemic because a major upgrade is needed to its facilities and this investment of £1m will let us take forward necessary upgrades to the Beacon.

“We want to demonstrate our commitment to maintaining the Community Wing in Inverkeithing once the secondary school moves, with additional funding of £1m for improvements and we will also be making additional funding available for the new community hub already planned for Abbeyview so that we can provide a facility that meets the needs of the community.

“We also have the  opportunity to spend another £5.65m  on one off priorities over the next two years. Improving our infrastructure for the benefit of our residents and visitors is a key priority for us and we will invest this money where it’s needed most.”