Council pledges ‘fixing Fife is the priority’ as budget announced


FIFE Council has announced its budget for the year ahead with the pledge that ‘fixing Fife is the priority’.

The local authority added that it will use its ‘substantial’ resources to tackle the infrastructure problems it ‘knows exist’.

The budget has earmarked a £9.9 million investment in the constituency’s roads over the next two years; £5.4 million to mitigate flood risk; £7.5 million into tourism and community facilities; and just under £1 million into local environmental management.

Fife Council co-leader, David Alexander, said,“This is a positive budget. We’ll use our substantial resources to tackle the infrastructure problems we know exist, and to support communities in a variety of ways so that we can build back better, together.”

David Ross, Fife Council co-leader, added, “Local places and facilities have become a real focus for people during the pandemic, strengthening the sense of community we have in Fife. Recognising that, we’ve earmarked investment in some specific local projects, like upgrading the Beacon Leisure Centre and the community wing at Inverkeithing High School to support all the groups that use it.

“On top of this we’re adding £75,000 capital for each of the next 2 years, to each of our seven area budgets to allow local investment in infrastructure and facilities. Area committees will work with communities to decide how this is spent. It could be used to fund smaller council projects or allocated to community organisations as match funding to help them access other funding sources for larger projects.”