Connectivity Project

Introduction

The Connectivity Project aims to create an award winning network of paths and cycle ways along a 5km stretch of the river, as well as creating around a further 20km stretch of paths which will weave through and between the local communities of Buckhaven, Methil, Methilhill, Leven and Windygates.

In addition to creating a series of paths that will connect isolated communities to and along the river, the project aims to deliver environmental river improvements as well as unlocking opportunities to bring some areas of vacant and derelict land in to productive use. It is hoped that by working with communities to capitalise on these opportunities, the region will be opened up to new economic, health and well-being opportunities.

What has been achieved so far?

Funding of £250,000 was awarded in January 2019, through Sustrans Scotland’s Community Links programme, funded through Transport Scotland, which enabled the project to:

  • establish a presence in the area and work with local community groups;
  • draw in new partners to the Programme;
  • develop a catchment-wide masterplan with a focus on sustainability, climate adaptation, green infrastructure and active travel;
  • begin work on a feasibility study to scope out potential active travel routes in the area.

Further funding of £514,000 was awarded in July 2019 through Sustrans Scotland’s Places for Everyone programme, funded through Transport Scotland. This grant is being used to continue feasibility work on active travel routes and produce concept designs which will be shared with the community for consultation and comment, as well as wider community engagement during late 2019 to early 2020.

Community involvement

These improvements can’t be delivered without community support and input. As part of The Connectivity Project, there will be numerous opportunities over the next few years for all parts of the community to get involved in the development, design and delivery of the paths network and related amenities.

We will be undertaking a series of engagement events, workshops, feedback sessions etc, over the duration of the planning and implementation phases which will be open to anyone who wants to contribute their ideas, feedback or concerns to us. These will be publicised in local media, social media and other outlets in advance of them happening, so why not follow our Facebook and Twitter accounts to be one of the first to find out? Alternatively, you can contact us at any time to find out more or to get involved.

The Connectivity Project will be delivered through a number of different sub-projects. Below is a list of these sub-projects along with further details of what is involved and the current progress of each.

  1. Path networks
  2. River improvements
  3. Vacant and derelict land