Cupar in Focus

Published: Monday 06 Dec 2004 by

Phil Hutchison

Phil Hutchison

Honoured to represent your views...

COMMUNITY Councils are a vital means for local people to express concerns to public organisations such as Fife Council and NHS Fife. Phil Hutchinson was elected as Chair of the Royal Burgh of Cupar and District Community Council on 26 October 2004.

"Having been a community councillor for three years, I'm honoured to become chairman," said Phil. "We've been involved in some successful projects, many of them focused on the Haugh Park, but we're also experiencing strong pressure from retail developers. This means greater demands on members' time, but allows us to work with developers for the benefit of Cupar, helping to safeguard the town centre.

"We are also concerned about the lack of affordable housing. Increasingly we are approached by developers for input. This leaves us well-placed to pass on concerns before positions polarise. For instance we strenuously backed the new retirement flats in Station Road and helped ensure the inclusion of over a dozen starter homes in a new residential scheme.

"We work with several organisations eg the Town Centre Working Group. Such partnerships increase the range of issues on which we can effectively represent local views.

"We meet monthly on the last Tuesday and welcome approaches from individuals and local organisations."

Contact Cupar Community
Council on 01334 653565 (Chair) or 01334 655705 (Secretary).

Dr Ian Newman

Dr Ian Newman

Volunteering in Cupar

CUPAR has an active voluntary sector with a number of organisations based in a hive of activity at Volunteer House, Crossgate including Volunteer Centre Fife and VONEF.

Getting involved

Part of a Scotland-wide network, Volunteer Centre Fife enables people to take part in volunteering opportunities. Mary Ray, development co-ordinator, told us about a new project, inVOLve.

"InVOLve, a partnership with WRVS, enables people with support needs to take part in voluntary work. They may have a mental health problem, be socially isolated or have a physical or learning disability but this should not exclude them from volunteering. They have life experiences that can enrich the lives of others. InVOLve enables a wider range of people to get involved."

More information:
tel: 01334 412998

Supporting organisations

VONEF is a council for voluntary service. They provide support and offer suggestions to voluntary organisations, develop the sector and help local organisations have their say at a national level.

So, if you wanted to set up a community group - from a support group to a playgroup in East Fife, VONEF are the people who can help.

After their AGM in September, Dr Ian Newman was appointed as Convener. Dr Newman said "It's a great honour to be taking over from Walter Goodwin as Convener of VONEF. I hope to be able to build upon the great work that Walter has done not only on a local, but a national basis".

More information:
tel: 01334 654080

On the ball in Kinloss Park

Proposals for a ball court in Kinloss Park are moving forward. The Kinloss Park Focus Group said: "An issue that caused concern was the lack of a suitable play area for school children. We are delighted that the plans for the ball court that we have been campaigning for since April are now approaching reality."

Archived Feature originally published 06 Dec 2004 - 03 Mar 2005

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