News from Levenmouth Area Committee

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Levenmouth Area Committee met online this morning. Here's a summary of the decisions and quotes.

Community Safety

Members heard community safety reports from Police Scotland, Scottish Fire and Rescue Service and Fife Council’s Safer Communities team.

The Anti-social Behaviour Approach that Levenmouth Area Committee is part funding is continuing to yield results:

between April-June ‘20

  • 16 vehicles were seized,
  • 187 persons were charged with anti-social behaviour related crimes and road traffic offences, and
  • motor/quad bike calls continued to fall.

during 19/20

  • deliberate fire setting fell from 34 to 29,
  • there were no deaths due to road traffic collisions,
  • 103 cases of antisocial behaviour were investigated which is 18 less than the previous year, and
  • 1043 complaints for environmental enforcement issues were received for Levenmouth
    • complaints increased for abandoned vehicles (up 30), contaminated gardens (up 8) and dog fouling (up 9),
    • complaints about domestic noise remained the same as the previous year, and
    • reports of flytipping decreased by 97.

Convener of Levenmouth Area Committee, Cllr Ken Caldwell said: “It’s good to see the approach we’re taking to antisocial behaviour in Levenmouth is making a difference.

“I thank the officers for their hard work and once again praise the partnership approach to community safety in Levenmouth.”

School attainment and achievement

Committee heard an update on the school attainment and achievements of the secondary and primary schools serving Levenmouth.

Councillor Ken Caldwell welcomed the report saying: “These reports are very useful for councillors and give us a good indication of how our schools are performing.

“Our schools continually work hard to improve attainment and achievement, identifying strengths as well as areas for improvement. I’m pleased to see the reduction in exclusions from Levenmouth Academy – they’ve dropped from 112 per 1,000 in 2017/18 to 44 per 1,000 in 2018/19 which is now below the national average.”

Budget Requests

Levenmouth Together Events Officer £10,000 (Local community planning budget)

Councillors agreed to award £10,000 to Levenmouth Together for the Events Officer role.

The Events Officer has been vital in creating more activity in the area that’s generating footfall and income for Levenmouth. Even during the pandemic this work has continued – in July a socially distanced market was held in Lower Methil with more than 1200 people attending.

Cllr Ken Caldwell said: “Thanks to the Levenmouth Together Events Officer we’re starting to make considerable inroads into a distinct identity for Levenmouth, and a reason for people to come and enjoy what our area has to offer.”

Leven town centre Christmas lights £7,050 (Local community planning budget)

Members have agreed a contribution towards the Christmas lights for Leven town centre.

  • £5,250 – installing and removing lights.
  • £1,800 – safety testing.

Link for full committee papers