Place Plan

Local Place Plan and Community Action Plan Overview

Below is a copy of the booklet sent to every household at the beginning of March.

Community Update and Call to Action:

 

Our Warm Welcome Tuesdays and Warm Wednesdays events will be continuing until the end of March. Join us at 11 am on Tuesday mornings in Upper Largo, and from 11:30 am at the Largo Library and Community Hub. If transport is needed to either location, please do not hesitate to let us know. Many thanks to all the incredible people who have helped and all our attendees and the sponsors for this who included local Ewan Fraser. It has been a great way to gather and get to know people and we hope to build on it year by year.

Our efforts to celebrate our heritage, culture, and identity are underway. We are currently mapping out the intriguing and interesting features for heritage trails using our initial engagements as a starting point. While this process will take some time as we carefully consider all themes, access and needs. And we would love your input.

Some ideas we initially gathered are below.

We will follow up with some public meets, we are going to bring some ideas along to the Warm Welcomes next week and broaden it out to everyone as we go…

An initial trail will come from Leven to link up with the new railway and will be supported by Welcome Levenmouth.

We are also planning for our  annual Big Picnic at the beginning of June, which will coinciding with the Levenmouth Railway opening. We encourage all community groups across Levenmouth to participate in activities during that week. Are you going to get involved? Let us know what your requirements are!

The latest edition of Largo Links has been distributed or is on its way to every household in the area. This issue includes summarised information on the local place plan and community action plan in a booklet insert, providing valuable insights into our collective vision for the future,  so many great things is already underway by various groups and individuals but it is also good to have a framework for actions to help guide what we support. We have been asked by the Development Trust Association of Scotland to share our Local Place Plan experience later on this month in Edinburgh as so many communities are keen to have their say on local development.

Progress on crucial projects such as beach wheelchairs and Changing Places Toilets is ongoing, and there has been a huge amount of work done already by several very committed people. We appreciate your patience and support as we work to enhance accessibility in our community and we will need your help once things are going to help with all the maintenance. Many people are currently unable to access one of the most popular features in the area due to access issues, and it will be  amazing to offer better access to everyone.

Our biodiversity/coastal group  Friends of Largo Bay is diligently working on data collection regarding litter and organising a biodiversity walk for next month. ( more on that soon)

Friends of Largo Bay also invite you to join them for our first beach clean of the year, The Great British Spring Clean.

Last year, they removed an impressive 2 tonnes of detritus from the beach thanks to local Farmer Bill Clarke too for his help, and are eager to surpass that achievement together this time. We need your help !!

Here are the muster points for the beach clean:

A: Silverburn car park

B: Lundin Golf Club car park

C: Temple car park

D: Dumbarnie Nature Reserve

E: Ruddons Point at Cocklemill Burn, accessed through Elie Holiday Park.

Please email largobay@largocommunitiestogether.org.uk with your preferred location and the number of volunteers in your party. Sign up now 🙂

We have a limited number of litter pickers available for younger volunteers, so please let us know if they are required.

As a token of appreciation, several local businesses have generously offered discounts on the day of the beach clean:

– The Cottage Window Cafe, Silverburn Park, Leven

– The Aurrie, Lower Largo

– Lundin Coffee Co., Lundin Links

– The Mirador Cafe, Elie Holiday Park at Shell Bay.

We are immensely grateful for their support.

(The Science Saturday on Whales and Dolphins has completely booked out ! Great result 🙂 They will have a whaley good time tomorrow)

Lundin Mill Primary School Updates

The Lundin Mill P7’s are organising and hosting a Spring Fayre on the 22nd March in order to raise much needed funds towards their end of year celebration and their leavers hoodies.

The children have asked if there is anyone in our generous community who would kindly donate any raffle prizes or tombola goodies. Any help would be greatly appreciated and one of us is happy to collect. Alternatively, if you’d prefer, any items/prizes can be dropped off at the Lundin Mill school office. As ever, thank you for your continued support.

Also a great update: As some of you may have seen, Lundin Mill Primary has started a Walking Bus in the mornings in an attempt to ease up on traffic/congestion at drop off and thus keeping our kids safer and our residents happier (and it also promotes active travel to school!). They leave from the corner of Crescent Road and Emsdorf every morning at 8:45 a.m. and  have had a really good amount of children sign up and they really enjoy it. Look out for us in our fab hi viz next time you’re in the area!

Also there is still time to get in to see the 50th anniversary of Lundin Mill displays:  Due to the success of the 50th anniversary celebration Lundin Mill Primary will extend their open days tomorrow and next week, finishing on Thursday 14th March. The school will be open to visitors from 10am to 6pm so please come along and have a look at the lovely displays the children have worked hard at creating.

Please note any under 16s should be accompanied by an adult

Also: We are also looking for  help with fundraising – if you have the skills and time we would love to hear from you – email chair@largocommunitiestogether.org.uk

Huge thanks again for all the support and input ! Please get in touch with anything at all priya@largocommunitiestogether.org.uk

Thanks again for all your support !

 

On behalf of everyone involved, we wish to express our deepest gratitude for your unwavering support of the Warm Welcome spaces across our community. Your contributions have been instrumental in transforming these spaces into beacons of warmth and hospitality for all who visit. We are excited to announce that these sessions will continue  for a few weeks yet at least.

We invite you to discover what the sessions are all about! Designed to offer a cosy and friendly space for our community members, these gatherings are the perfect occasion to enjoy a cup of tea, engage in warm chats, and enjoy the company of neighbours and friends.

Here are the details:

  • Every Tuesday at 11am at the Simpson Institute, Upper Largo: Experience the warmth of community spirit in the heart of Upper Largo.
  • Every Wednesday at 11:30am at the Largo Library: The Largo Library and Community Hub have added a twist to their Warm Wednesdays with Bingo! sessions.  It’s an excellent way to break up the week, bringing smiles and the chance to win prizes!

The Warm Welcome sessions are open to everyone, aimed at providing a supportive and inclusive environment where all feel valued and connected.

Whether you’re a familiar face or new to the area, a hearty welcome and a friendly atmosphere await you, they have been tirelessly supported by amazing volunteers, local businesses including Ewan Fraser who has generously sponsored the programme, Fife Council and other donations. Your attendance is what really makes it work !

Don’t miss this chance to warm up your week with great company and engaging activities continuing for a few weeks yet while the chill lingers.

Us In The News

We are also thrilled to share that Allan Crow, the esteemed Editor of Fife Today, recently visited to learn more about our Local Place Plan, a milestone development aimed at fostering a thriving community. You can read the article here on the following link: New Plan Unveiled by Largo Trust to Help Create Thriving Communities.

A Few Updates From Friends of Largo Bay

Following a recent meeting they have quite a few updates. If you want to get in touch with the group directly email largobay@largocommunitiestogether.org.uk – here is some of the news…

Biodiversity Monitoring Project Progress

Our Friends of Largo Bay group has seen significant advancements in their Biodiversity Monitoring Project, led by local enthusiast Janice Duncan in collaboration with  NatureScot, they were also visited by Jo McFarlane of the Charlestown, Limekilns and Pattiesmuir (CLP) Nature Conservation Group who shared their groups remarkable successes in campaigning for better conditions and connecting people to nature. We look forward to developing these links with other coastal communities.

Friends of Largo Bay are committed to enhancing the project’s effectiveness through great local training opportunities so watch this space and they welcome everyone who may be interested in contributing to these studies, regardless of experience or knowledge, if you do have any special skills to share we would welcome your input, its a great way to learn and connect !

Key study areas include seaweed data collection, beach slope analysis, and rocky shore studies, with Lyle Boyle from the Ecology Centre and the Restoration Forth project as well as Fife Coast and Countryside Trust and NatureScot offering their ongoing invaluable expertise.

Litter Mapping and Data Integration.

Litter mapping has emerged as a crucial complementary study area, aiming to contribute to national data collection efforts and influence environmental policy. The group has explored several training opportunities for litter management and conservation, with numerous beach cleans on the horizon. If you are interested in this training we can point you in the right direction so let us know. Just reply to this email or get in touch with the group.

Science Saturdays Update

The recent Science Saturday events at the Largo Library and Community Hub have been met with enthusiasm. Friends of Largo Bay are looking to expand these educational opportunities, and volunteers are always welcome to join their efforts, see poster for upcoming dates, and how to book !

Restoration Forth Project Update

The Restoration Forth seagrass officer Lyle Boyle joined the Friends of Largo Bay to share how the project continues to grow, with new team members and focus areas, including oyster conservation and the study of Blue Mussels’ decline.

You can join their mailing list here: Restoration Forth | The Ecology Centre | Seagrass

Beach Cleans Schedule Update

Friends of Largo Bay have finalised the dates for upcoming beach cleans, detailed below.

Meeting points are provided on the attached poster and these are the times.

  • 24th March: 10am – 12pm
  • 26th May: 10am – 12pm
  • 20th July: 9am – 11am
  • 21st September: 10am – 12pm
  • 30th November: 9:30am – 11:30am

Your support and participation are the lifeblood of these initiatives, driving our commitment to biodiversity, community engagement, and environmental conservation.

Fife Free Press Article

New plan unveiled by Largo trust to help create ‘thriving’ communities (fifetoday.co.uk)

Read full article above – quoted below:

‘Largo Communities Together is a vision for an area which covers Largo, Lundin Links and several villages stretching from Silverburn up to the boundary of Ceres – and the team behind it want it to be a blueprint which leads to actions and support.

The Local Place Plan and Community Plan are two documents created by the trust and Largo Area Community Council which, put together, could lead to a “thriving, sustainable community” – in short, the pages set out the aims and aspirations of the people who live and work in the area.

The place plan is rich in detail. It covers everything from traffic and pedestrian safety improvements, to preserving heritage and the environment, travel plans, and housing. It has been a huge undertaking by the volunteer members of the trust supported by Priya Logan, its development officer.

Launching the plan at The Aurrie in Largo are (from left)M Louise Robb, Priya Logan and Alistair Brown (Pic: Fife Free Press)
Launching the plan at The Aurrie in Largo are (from left)M Louise Robb, Priya Logan and Alistair Brown (Pic: Fife Free Press)

She said: “It is not a dry plan. It captures what local people are already enthusiastic about and where their energies are going. It’s easy to find out what people are unhappy about, but it is important to also know what they are passionate about.”And across the Largo area, they found people with a real desire to see their area improved and developed. Launched in 2017, the trust has some 350 members – 10% of those eligible to vote in the area – and for Alistair Brown, its role is to listen and make sure people’s voices are then heard.

“We have taken the past, we are in the present and the future will be community action plan,” he said “Our job is to keep engaging with people so we are aware of any changes in voices.”The trust has set up a number of sub groups to focus specific passions and knowledge on key areas as it takes its remit across a huge range of issues. It wants to see community assets such as the Simpson Institute retained, while tapping into the area’s rich heritage, with more done to promote and celebrate its links to Alexander Selkirk.

Its coastal setting is perfect to explore more use of beach wheelchairs to improve accessibility to the shore, while new pathways could open up the great outdoors even further. The Friends of Largo Bay has taken off with huge enthusiasm – it is one of several sub groups at the heart of the plan – and that could open the door to tackling major issues such as upgrading sewage works, expanding wooded areas, and preserving Largo Pier.’

Our Community Action Plan

Dear Friends and Neighbours,

📣 We’re delighted to unveil our Community Action Plan on the link below. This isn’t just a plan; it’s also the  story of how we got there, mirroring the Local Place Plan yet offering a deeper insight into some of our engagements and findings, there is a way to skip forward too and have a look at our list of actions .

🔍 Central to the plan are the prioritised actions. These actions stem from a community-led process and are evolving and don’t include everything that is already in motion but do propose things that could make a difference.

🤝 Looking ahead, next up we are going to flesh out these plans with our subgroups and any community members eager to jump in. Your perspectives, voices, and feedback aren’t just welcome – they’re essential for shaping the future of these actions.

🔄 Regular reviews are on the cards to track changes in priorities and measure our path forward and make sure we are doing the right thing and spending our energy in places that matter.

🙏 Thanks again for your invaluable contributions.  Stay tuned, share your ideas, and be part of shaping this plan and what happens !

If you have any feedback please do share either by replying or on the form at the bottom of the Storymap.

Largo Area Community Action Plan

Happy New Year From Largo Communities Together

Dear Friends and Neighbours,

Happy New Year to everyone!

I trust you all had a restful Christmas break. As we usher in this new year, I’m thrilled to bring you some community updates and invite you to join us in various upcoming activities.

Warm Welcome Spaces Are Back!

Firstly, our much-loved Warm Welcome Spaces return this week.

Join us tomorrow at 11:00 AM at the Simpson Institute in Upper Largo for a cosy gathering. Also, don’t miss Bingo on Wednesday at 11:30 AM at the Largo Library Community Hub. It’s a great way to catch up and have some fun! Huge thanks to Fife Council and Ewan Fraser for ongoing support !!

📣Exciting Community Action Plan Developments📣

We’re on the brink of unveiling our Community Action Plan, and it’s brimming with initiatives that you helped shape. Among the popular actions are community-led Skillshare workshops and our water improvement project, focusing on enhancing our local waterways and marine areas.

Share Your Skills in Our Skillshare Workshops✍️

Do you have a skill you’re passionate about? Whether it’s crafts, cooking, DIY, or anything else, we’d love for you to lead a workshop. Please email me, just hit reply, if you’re interested in sharing your talent with our community. We are planning on getting these going from next month !

Be Part of Our Heritage Trails Creation🛤️🛤️

We’re also developing community-designed heritage trails. If you’re keen on local history current stories or want to contribute to these trails, get in touch. Your input is invaluable in bringing these trails to life.

Join Our Cycling Pathway Project🚴‍♀️

If you’re enthusiastic about improving local cycling routes and all types of accessibility from walking to wheeling, we’d love your involvement in our cycling pathway project. Your ideas and efforts can help make our community more accessible and enjoyable for everyone.

Water Improvement Project – Seeking Your Insights💧💧

Our water improvement project is another critical initiative. We’re looking at ways to better manage and restore our rivers and marine areas. If you have insights, ideas, or want to be involved in this vital environmental effort, please reach out !

We Value Your Feedback  👥👥

Our Community Action Plan is dynamic and continually evolving, so your feedback is essential.

Watch out for the full prioritised plan, which we’ll start sharing from next week. Your thoughts and suggestions are always welcome.

And do check out the Local Place Plan on our website if you’ve not so far and come along to the Warm Welcome Spaces this week.

We are very excited about the collaborations and community progress we’ll achieve together this year.

AGM and Community Actions

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A heartfelt thank you to everyone, and we eagerly look forward to what’s ahead!

Hello All,

As we approach the end of another eventful year, we want to take a moment to express our heartfelt gratitude for your continuous support and active participation in our community’s growth and development.

🌟 Major Milestone: We are delighted to share that our Local Place Plan has been officially submitted to Fife Council after taking peoples comments and feedback on board. This accomplishment is a testament to the collective effort of so many and their commitment. In the coming new year, we are excited to begin work in earnest on our Community Action Plan, continuing to build on the momentum we have gained. The link to Place Plan is here: https://arcg.is/rP151.

💡 Your Impact: Your feedback and input have been invaluable in shaping our initiatives. This year, we’ve seen remarkable successes, thanks to your engagement:

  • Changing Places Toilets Group: Their incredible work will significantly enhance accessibility and inclusivity in our area by ensuring the Temple Car Park is home to new Changing Places Toilets.
  • Friends of Largo Bay: The numerous creative, beach cleans and biodiverse activities organized have brought our community closer to nature and each other.
  • School Travel Plan Collaboration: Together, we’re making strides towards safer and more sustainable travel for our children.
  • AGM Participation: The great turnout at our AGM reflected your commitment to our community’s future.
  • Warm Welcome Days: These events have successfully fostered a sense of belonging and community spirit.
  • Largo Links: This valued publication continues to hit your doormats four times a year thanks to a very dedicated team.

🌱 Looking Ahead: Our subgroup leaders are tirelessly working on various initiatives, including active travel, heritage initiatives, pier restoration, biodiversity monitoring, and community resilience and emergency planning. Your continued support in these areas will help us achieve more remarkable milestones.

🎄 Season’s Greetings: As we celebrate these achievements, we also encourage you to take a well-deserved break this holiday season. Have a restful and joyful Christmas!

📃 Local Place Plan Summary: The final draft of our Local Place Plan serves as a blueprint for sustainable development in the Largo Area. Key proposals include, road safety proposals and infrastructure enhancements, active travel and accessibility initiatives, environmental stewardship, cultural enhancement and retention, and heritage preservation. This comprehensive plan is our guide towards a thriving, resilient, and cohesive community and will be accompanied by some exciting actions over the next few months.

We look forward to another year of meaningful progress and collaboration.

AGM and Community Actions

I hope this message finds you well. I’m writing to express our deepest gratitude to everyone who joined us for the Annual General Meeting (AGM) held on Monday evening. Your presence greatly enriched this pivotal gathering for our community.

Reflecting on the evening, it was so inspiring to see such a strong turnout.

The AGM kicked off promptly, with the first half dedicated to general business, and we were pleased to see so many of you.

This AGM was a significant step in transitioning our broad visions into specific, actionable projects. We mentioned the Local Place Plan, which, thanks to valuable ongoing community input, only needs minor tweaking before submission. The focus on concrete localized actions and initiatives was evident, underscoring our commitment to realizing the community’s aspirations.

The participation and engagement during the AGM were heartening. It was not just about having a say but about being an active part of our community’s exciting journey. Many of you shared your thoughts, and some even signed up to help bring these ideas to life.

We revisited a variety of proposed initiatives, each aiming to enhance different aspects of community life. From the Water Improvement Project, emphasizing our commitment to the environment, to plans for advocating to repurposing the former hotel site for community use or parking, your interest in these proposals was evident.

The integration with broader initiatives like the Levenmouth Cycling Strategy, the Skillshare Programme’s focus on community-led learning, and sustainable living projects like the Tree Warden Scheme highlight your collective vision for a vibrant and sustainable future.

Your interest in projects ranging from dementia awareness and expanding volunteer networks to cultural events and youth engagement projects is a testament to our community’s diverse aspirations and commitment to inclusivity, safety, and heritage preservation.

As we move forward, each of these proposals, irrespective of scale, will play a crucial role in shaping our community. Your involvement and enthusiasm at the AGM have set a solid foundation for these endeavours. We will be publishing our community actions in full very soon, and are super grateful for your help to sort, prioritise and deliver.

Once again, thank you for being a part of this meaningful event. If you were not able to make it there will be plenty of opportunity for involvement as we go along and our mailbox is always open 🙂

Your participation is not just valued; it is essential in guiding our collective future. We look forward to continuing this journey with you and seeing these exciting plans come to fruition.

Roadworks reminder

Also a reminder: we would like to inform you about upcoming ground investigation works at Harbour Wynd. Starting on Monday, 4th December 2023, and lasting approximately a week, these works are essential for the design and replacement of a nearby retaining wall.

The contractor, Ian Farmer Associates, will oversee the drilling works. While percussion boring will be employed, resulting in some noise, efforts will be made to minimize disturbances. These works will only occur during daylight hours to reduce noise impact.

Please note, for safety, Harbour Wynd will be closed during this period, and a diversion will be in place. We understand this might cause some inconvenience, and Fife Council appreciate your patience and cooperation. A letter drop will be conducted in the area to inform residents of these works. Please see below images.

If you have any questions or need further information, feel free to contact during this time, please direct your queries to Frances Ratcliffe, Lead Consultant, at frances.ratcliffe@fife.gov.uk or call 03451 555555 Ext 444395.

Christmas Cheer

Last but not least: As the festive season approaches, The Aurrie extends a warm and joyous invitation for a special Christmas Day celebration. Following the unforgettable experience of last year’s festivities, which ranked among the most cherished at The Aurrie, they are excited to announce the return of this heartwarming event.

Please note: This is entirely free and about building connections and community.

The Aurrie is opening its doors to all who wish to spend a few festive hours enjoying fun activities, delectable food, delightful drinks, singing, games, and, above all, wonderful company. This event is crafted as a community gathering where individuals from diverse backgrounds and walks of life can come together to share in the joy of togetherness this Christmas. The Aurrie is especially keen to welcome those who might find their day a bit lackluster, for any reason, encouraging them to join and be part of the festive cheer.

With the invaluable support of LACRT, dedicated volunteers, and the incredible local community, The Aurrie will be open on Christmas Day from 11 AM to 2 PM.

More details will follow as the day draws nearer. In the meantime, for further information or to reserve a spot, please feel free to reach out. Contact can be made through a visit, facebook at The Aurrie Page or by emailing helen@theaurrie.com.

The Aurrie looks forward to making this Christmas Day a memorable and joyous occasion for all.

Our AGM is coming up !

As a gentle reminder, our Annual General Meeting (AGM) is fast approaching. It’s scheduled for next Monday, a week from today, and will commence at 7:00 PM at the Aurrie.

This is an excellent opportunity for all of us to come together, discuss our community’s progress, and plan for the future, together.

So, come along even if you have not been involved so far – your voice matters or just come to hear what we’ve been up to and what we hope to do in the future.

Additionally, I would like to extend a continued invitation to all to our Warm Welcome Days.

These events are a fantastic way to engage with our community, the core of Warm Welcome Days is about fostering community spirit, building stronger bonds among community members, and creating an environment of support and mutual respect.

We accept donations for all refreshments which will make these sessions last longer and stay sustainable, so your support matters !

Here are the details:

  • Tuesdays: Simpson Institute, 11am-1pm
  • Wednesdays: Largo Library, Lundin Links featuring Bingo from 11:30am or come along and borrow a book first when the Library opens at 10am 🥐
  • Last Sunday: ‘Souper’ Sunday at Durham Hall everyone welcome at the church service or you can join afterwards. 🥄

A huge thanks to everyone who makes these events what they are !

We would also like to express our heartfelt thanks to everyone who attended the fascinating Antarctica Talk by Janice Duncan on Saturday night that raised money for Friends of Largo Bay (and to Janice of course for sharing her wonderful adventures) .

Your presence and engagement made the event a memorable one and it sold out so quickly we didn’t need to advertise it !  

As always your participation and support of these events is invaluable. And lastly a huge thanks to everyone who thoughtfully fed back on the Local Place Plan we are hugely grateful for your time in this.

We look forward to seeing you soon, if you want to get in touch just email priya@largocommunitiestogether.org.uk .

Last Day Of Our Information Notice Period

 

Today marks a significant milestone in our journey towards developing the Local Place Plan – it’s the final day of our information notice period.

Over the past weeks, your engagement and feedback have been invaluable in shaping a vision that truly resonates with the aspirations and needs of our community.

Your insights have contributed immensely to the development of a plan that we all can be proud of. We will review and tweak the details and then send in to Fife Council for inclusion in their development of the Local Development Plan.

Alongside that we have a Community Action Plan being developed to stay in the community and push things on, come to our AGM at 7pm at the Aurrie on the 27th of November to join in.

As we approach the end of this crucial period (at midnight,) I encourage you, if you haven’t already, to take this final opportunity to review the plan and share your thoughts.

Your perspective is vital to ensure that our plan reflects the needs of our community and your feedback will play a key role in shaping the future of our community.

You can access the Place Plan on our website by visiting:

www.largocommunitiestogether.org.uk (Select “Place Plan”)

Or directly on storymaps: Largo Area Local Place Plan (arcgis.com)

Take some time moment to read through and add your valuable thoughts and ideas here: https://www.surveylegend.com/s/58ss, reply to this email

or phone: 07926416857

So please make sure your voice is heard on this last day of the notice period and come along to our AGM !

Thank you for your dedication and commitment to our community’s growth and development.

Many thanks for reading if you want to get in touch, just email priya@largocommunitiestogether.org.uk

Thank you again for your ongoing support and engagement. 🌆