Last week’s summer Community Café in Cowdenbeath provided the perfect opportunity for us to kick off the consultation process regarding unadopted areas within the Johnston Park housing estate.
Concerns regarding the repair and maintenance of pathways and landscaped areas within this development have been raised by a number of residents, with complex ownership and responsibility arrangements exacerbating these issues.
Although Fife Housing Group retain ownership of just 11 properties within the 77 home estate, we have agreed to facilitate a consultation process with all of the parties involved, offering all stakeholders the chance to attend an initial meeting as part of our Community Café held in Cowdenbeath on Wednesday of last week.
As well as colleagues from Fife Housing Group, residents also had the opportunity to discuss the matter with local councillors, Alistair Bain and Gary Guichan, and representatives from Fife Council’s Parks, Gardens and Open Spaces department.
With further meetings due to be scheduled shortly, to which all residents will be invited, it is hoped that an acceptable solution can be agreed in due course.
Overall the café itself was very well received, described as a friendly and welcoming event which was both informative and interesting. Tenants took the opportunity to discuss repairs and upgrades with the our property team and expressed interest in joining the Resident Scrutiny Group, while a number of owners are considering the possibility of setting up a Residents’ Association.
Partner agencies Fife Community Mediation Service, Fife Community Safety Partnership, the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service, Frontline Fife, Cosy Kingdom, Home Start and Kingdom Housing Association were also on hand to provide help and advice, and there was a free prize draw which saw a number of attendees heading home with goodies.
Engaging with the residents of local communities remains a priority for us and planning is already underway for the next Community Café, due to take place in Rosyth around October/November time, which will also see further consultation on our Rent Affordability Review.