Wed 5 Jul 17

LOCHGELLY has changed a lot over the last few years and these changes have been celebrated locally and nationally, with the town being the current holder of the prestigious Scotland's Most Improved Town title.
The people of Lochgelly have worked tirelessly to put the heart back into their town. Delivering projects such as the very successful Lochgelly gala, christmas lights, community shop and improvements to the public park to name a few.

Fife Council and Ore Valley Housing Group also remain committed to Lochgelly. Investing significantly to improve the town by creating new leisure and business opportunities as well as new housing. The Town House development site in the heart of the town has seen a total of 31 new one and two bedroom flats built.

A few years ago the community were asked for their ideas on how they would like to see the vacant St Andrews Church, which sits in the heart of the town, used and the response was an overwhelming: "something for young people to do."

Phase one of the refurbishment of St Andrews Church to create space for Fife's Regional Indoor Climbing and Bouldering Centre is underway. This includes an extension to the church so the building meets Mountaineering Scotland standards. Proposed designs for the extension are now ready and Fife Council would like to invite the community to come and chat to us about them. We want your feedback so that we can create a fantastic facility for residents and visitors to enjoy.

Once the church project is complete, work will begin on the new Town Square behind the church. Again we want your ideas for the new square - what it could be used for and how should it look and feel.

Please join us at our drop in event on Tuesday 4th of July 2017 from 10.30 am to 7.30 pm in the foyer of Lochgelly Centre to celebrate what has been achieved so far and to find out more about the next steps, giving us your valuable feedback, ideas and opinions.

Cllr. Linda Erskine, Convener of the Cowdenbeath Area Committee said: "I'm delighted at how the community, Fife Council and the Ore Valley Group have worked together to achieve the changes in Lochgelly so far. There is the ambition and appetite to achieve more in the town with the remainder of the works to St Andrews Church and the development of the new town square.

"I'd urge as many people as possible to come along to the drop in event on the 4th of July to give us their feedback and ideas. It's on throughout the day so you can come along at a time that suits you."

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