Local Place Plan and Community Action Plan Overview

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

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.’

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 .

Information Notice Period

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Information Notice Period

Subject: Exciting Place Plan Update! 🏡✍️

📢 PLACE PLAN UPDATE 📢

We’re thrilled to announce that we’re on the brink of submitting our Place Plan to Fife Council! 🏡✍️

But for now we are in our information notice period.  This means it has been sent to all the local councillors and adjacent community councils and our Submission Date is the 15th of November 2023

But before we finalise it we want YOUR input. 🤝

You can now access the Draft 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

Got questions or suggestions?

We’re here to listen and we want to get it right!

Feel free to contact me:

📧 Email: priya@largo.communitiestogether.org.uk

📞 Phone: 07926416857

📣You can also join me for a drop in  on Monday, Oct 16th to chat about it.

🗓️ Date: Monday, Oct 16th

🕐 Time: 1-4pm

📍 Location: Largo Library

(You’ll also have the chance to chat about the Levenmouth rail timetable with Eugene Clarke! 🚆🗣️)

In the evening of the 16th of October, we’ll be briefly visiting the Largo Community Council.

Stay tuned for more drop in days and updates coming your way in Early November! 📅

Don’t miss out on this opportunity to shape the future of our community.

Your voice matters!

( Our community action plan which goes alongside this plan will be drafted in November)

Thank you for being a such vital part of Largo Communities Together.

Warm regards, Priya

First of all, a heartfelt thank you to each and every one of you!

We’re on the home stretch with our Local Place Plan, and the end is in sight. 🎉

 Partnerships and Fine-Tuning 🤝

We’ve had invaluable help from our partners, such as Fife Council, Planning Aid Scotland, and many others, fine-tuning every detail to make our plan as close to perfect as we can.

Our information notice period is due to start next week and we will send out notification of that to make sure you get a chance to read it in full before submission.

We will also be at the community council meeting this month for a brief overview and will arrange another timely drop in for anyone who would rather something in person.

 Key Themes of Our Plan 🏠🛣️🚴‍♀️🌳🎭

Our proposals are organized into five core themes:

1. Housing and Built Environment

2. Roads and Infrastructure

3. Active Travel

4. Environment and Recreation

5. Cultural, Community, and Care

Read more here: Largo Communities Together Placement Plan Largo Community Together

 Community-Led Action Plan 📋

We’re also almost there with our Community-Led Action Plan, set to roll out very soon, that’s the community led half of our goals. And we will need help to deliver and develop…

 Current and Future Collaborations 🤗

We’ve been actively researching organisations that can help us deliver our community action plan too such as the Fife Carers Centre, Sustrans, Circular Economies, NatureScot as well as our ongoing links such as the Fife Coast and Countryside Trust and the exciting new Welcome to Levenmouth Tourism Project.

We’re already exploring how to develop local trails that can link up more widely and we have been supporting our Friends of Largo Bay group to develop their biodiversity, arts and litter cleaning projects which have been going well. Their artworks are now on tour ! Sign up to the Friends of Largo Bay Facebook page to learn more or let me know if you want to get on their mailing list …

We are also building active travel plans and looking at how to support young people more effectively as well as partnering with the local primary school to help support their comprehensive school travel plan, which will be supported by the active travel pathways that would connect our villages up…. and we are going to publish all the details soon !

Upcoming Activities ❄️

Get ready for more “Warm Welcome” dates this winter. Our aim is to keep our community connected and engaged during the dreary months ahead. More to follow…and we need your help to do it all ! So sign up to be on our volunteer list: https://www.surveylegend.com/s/5164

 Have Your Say on the Leven Line 🚆

We’ll soon announce a drop-in date to discuss timetables for the forthcoming Leven Line at the Largo Library. Your feedback is essential!

Online feedback options here: Levenmouth Live! • Issue 8 (office.com)

Again, thanks to everyone involved.

We’re almost there, and it’s all thanks to you!

🌊 A few updates and a reminder that you can get involved in it all…

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Hi All,

I hope this email finds you well. Yesterday  was a momentous day for Friends of Largo Bay, and I’m thrilled to share their exciting updates with you.

Seagrass Day at Largo Bay 🌱:

Yesterday was Seagrass Day, and we were blessed with wonderful sunshine ☀️. With the full support of 19 dedicated volunteers, Friends of Largo Bay conducted a survey of a section of the Bay to determine the number of seagrass colonies growing there.

Over the past few months, they have identified five colonies of variable sizes, but today’s painstaking and time-consuming observation rewarded us with the find of an additional sixth colony!

Not only did they discover this new colony, but they also found a fair number of plants with seed pods.

A huge thank you 🙏 to everyone who contributed with  time, enthusiasm, and great company.

Upcoming Beach Clean

The next Friends of Largo Bay Beach Clean is on the 26th of August at Silverburn and we want you there !

All details on the poster below.

If you want to help the Friends of Largo Bay table at the Big Picnic, get in touch as it would be very much appreciated by all.

Final Fife Seaweed Farm Workshop 🌊:

Don’t forget, the final Fife Seaweed farm workshop is on tomorrow evening with Fantastic Herbalist Anna Kinross and Local Food Ambassador Christopher Trotter. They’ll be sharing their insights on the possibilities and potencies of Seaweed.

This promises to be an enlightening event, and we hope to see many of you there.

FREE and no booking is required! 🎉

🗓️ It’s Happening  August 8th

📍 Join Us At: Largo Library and Community Hub

⏰ We Kick-Off At: 7pm

Take part in this adventure in the intriguing, awe-inspiring world of seaweed which has been generously sponsored by The Crown Estate.

A Reminder: The Big Picnic is Back!

Fellow Picnic Enthusiasts!

Guess what’s back on the calendar? The much-loved, big picnic event! We are all set to bring the fun back on the 27th of August 2023, and we would be delighted to see you there!

Are you part of a community group and keen to take part in this day of joy and camaraderie? If so don’t hesitate, reach out to us and let’s add even more sparkle to this day. Either way invite your pals and pack your favourite picnic goodies to relish amidst the cheerful festivities. Let’s hope we see the Sun too!.

We’re also scouting for a melody maestro or a groovy band to add some foot-tapping charm to the event. Know someone or have the talent yourself? We would be thrilled to hear you play live at the picnic! 🎵

Last but not least, we have an exciting announcement to make. By the time we meet for the picnic, our draft Local Place Plan will be ready for your perusal. We’d love for you to swing by, say hello, and share your valuable feedback on the plan before we finalize it. 📜

So, come along and let’s create unforgettable memories together!

Can’t wait to see you!

A few updates

At our next (and final Build Our Place Plan) workshop, we’ll explore the natural environment, conservation, and recreation.

Join us, no special knowledge required just curiosity!

As a community we are exploring how to manage natural spaces including Land, Rivers, and Sea and connections to wild spaces  for today and the future and considering the needs of people who live here.

Let’s explore what’s here now and what’s possible.  

In addition, we will look at how this connects with  groups and organisations that can help.

We will gather on Wednesday, June 21st, we will begin at 6:30pm at Durham Hall in Lower Largo. Feel free to come along, settle in and enjoy a cup of tea anytime from 6pm

Although it’s usually a little earlier, we will definitely wrap up by 9pm.

Tea, coffee, and biscuits are always available!

Follow the link below to let us know if you can attend.

Tell anyone you think would be interested who is not on our mailing list about the event.

Please let us know in advance if you require any assistance to participate.

Thank you.

(We are also always looking for people to take things forward so let us know if you can help with any of our projects by replying to this email.)

Register for environment, conservation and recreation  

Pony Axes Return

Pony Axe S takes people who use wheelchairs to all the places where wheelchairs can’t take them.

It was such a great success when they came before !

There is no need to transfer to all terrain or beach wheelchairs, no need to leave your wheelchair behind.

They take you, in your wheelchair, anywhere & we are now taking bookings for some specially arranged dates in Lower Largo !

The dates for Pony AxeS events this summer are:

  • Monday 3rd of July
  • Tuesday 4th of July
  • Tuesday 22nd of  August
  • Wednesday 23rd of August

Time – 10.30-4.30 approximately – pony dependent!

Check out www.ponyaxes.com to get more background on this amazing organisation.

Please click below to book.

We will communicate to get a time to suit if your first choice isn’t available as it may book out quickly!

Book Pony AxeS now!

Fathers Day Beach Clean

It’s the best way to spend Fathers Day, we promise!

Come along and join in with this beach clean, and  if you can bring your dad – do ( and anyone else ) enjoy a pickers perk afterwards in the sea air .

We always have such a great time and get so much shifted.

Sign up to Friends of Largo Bay

Largo Area Community Council

The Largo Area Community Council monthly meeting is on at  –

The Stables Church Place Upper Largo

This coming Monday 19.06.23 at 7pm

Fife Seaweed Farm Workshops

The next workshops are in Crail Community Hall:

Wednesday 21st June
Crail Community Hall, Crail.  7.00pm – 8.30pm
Christopher Trotter, Fife’s Food Ambassador and local food expert.

Tuesday 27th June
Crail Community Hall, Crail,  7.00pm – 8.30pm
Wave and Laura Co-Founders of Seagrown, a seaweed farm in Scarborough on trade secrets and growing seaweed for profit and community benefit.

No need to register, just turn up!

New Baby and Toddler Group in New Gilston – all details below

What’s on Page

Have you visited our What’s On Page ?

Add your events and regular classes or have a browse. We are just developing so any feedback welcome.

Your stories, our heritage

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Our heritage workshop is on tomorrow

Stories and heritage can be used to teach us about the past, to connect us to our communities, and to inspire us to create new things.

We want to explore stories, the physical heritage of the area and the shared identity of the Largo Area.

This includes the stories that people bring when they settle here, the ones made on the land and relationships to others near and far.

  • How do we represent and celebrate all this richness, what needs to be restored?
  • How can we carry stories forward in a way that captures others imaginations and is relevant?
  • What stories are missing that we can bring back to life ?

Framing the evening, musician Greg from Open Sea will  join us with some music to set the tone to reminisce and imagine. We will be also be joined by Marion Thomson of The Corra Foundation, an organisation that is based on connecting people to place. She will share her story of doing a peoples history project based in Methil over the past four years with some of those who participate. We will hear about local heritage projects  and then explore what else could be done and how!

Come along and share your stories or just bring your curiosity Simpson Institute, Upper Largo, Tuesday the 6th of June, come anytime after 6pm to start by 6:30pm.

We will wrap up by 9pm though it’s usually a little earlier, tea, coffee and biscuits are always in supply !

Please let us know if you can come by following the link below so we can get an idea of numbers.

If you know someone who is not on our mailing list and you think would be interested to attend please let them know.

If you need any kind of assistance to participate please let us know in advance and we can prepare.

Thank you

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