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Paul Wheelhouse says community concerns being highlighted have moved things forward quickly

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THE second quarter of 2019 saw the situation at Mossmorran reach a crisis level over the Easter weekend but there were other issues that started to cause concern for local politicians.

For instance continued delays in the replacement for Lochgelly Health Centre proved frustrating for the residents of the town and staff at the david Street facility.

April

Lochgelly families were still left in the dark over when the town’s new health centre would arrive but delays in the process continued to frustrate the organisations that wanted to see it arrive sooner rather than later.

Tributes poured in for former Lochgelly High School teacher, Ray Fernie, who developed the Employability programme at the school which was adopted nationwide, following his death after an eight year battle with prostate cancer.

A young Lochgelly man was poised to get the opportunity of a lifetime in his dream to become a professional golfer. Dean Walsh, who won the Fife Boys Match Play title in 2018, raised a considerable sum of money to take the opportunity of a golfing scholarship in the United States.

A popular feature in Cardenden, The Viewing Point’ in Gammie Place was given a complete revamp and brought back into use being named after community stalwart Willie Duncan.

The sun shone as more than 2,000 people turned up at Lochore Meadows Country Park as the Bouncy Castle Man hit the facility.

Lochgelly is set to get a new nursery as Fife Council unveiled plans to replace the former Lochgelly North School for children with special needs with the facility.

Benarty Primary School raised more than £1,400 with a coffee morning with a difference when the venture was held to see the school get a defibrillator.

Easter weekend had a different look to it when a major breakdown at the Fife Ethylene Plant saw smoke, flames and noise come from the giant flare stack at Mossmorran.

The charity football match held by Cowdenbeath Civic Week Committee at Central Park between Cowden Rangers and Cowden Celtic proved a great success with the weather being excellent and £500 raised to boost gala coffers.

May

Cowdenbeath and Kelty councillor Alex Campbell wrote to Scottish Government Health Minister Roseanna Cunningham demanding action be taken regarding he flaring at Easter at Mossmorran.

Kelty Musical Association’s 2019 show Chicago packed the audiences in to Dunfermline’s Carnegie Hall.

Lochgelly multiple sclerosis sufferer, Ruth White, praised the ‘startling progress’ research has made in fighting the condition.

Lochgelly South Primary School held their nerve to win through to the north of Scotland final of the Rotary District 1010 Primary School Quiz.

Cardenden Development Forum were being chased for water bill for the site of the former derelict shop near the railway station which is now a beauty spot!

The Times and Cowdenbeath Community Police Team’s Think Speed campaign was launched at Lumphinnans Primary School with a driver showing why it is necessary by racing past the school doing more than 50mph!

Benarty Events Group issued an appeal for more volunteers to help with big events coming up including the Meedies Pipe Band Contest, Gala Day and Rockore.

Volunteers of Crossgates Community Woodland were shocked when they discovered vandals had damaged a number of new decorative feature they had introduced to The Taft.

An NHS Fife chief aired his concern about the number of booze related deaths in the Cowdenbeath area.

The curtain went up on Lochgelly Musical Association’s show Evita.

Trinity Church, in Cowdenbeath, celebrated 50 years with a special weekend event which saw several former ministers call in.

Dunfermline and West Fife MP, Douglas Chapman, praised plans for a reduction on the 70mph speed limit on the road approaching the Park and Ride hub near Crossgates.

June

Kelty was shocked by the news of the death of the village’s champion boxer Connor Law.

The mum of Lochgelly youngster Ava Stark, who received a stem cell donation, hopes she will be able to meet Juleena Masters after it was revealed the United States woman had made the donation for the life saving transplant in November 2016.

Cowdenbeath’s Civic Week Queen for the 2019 Gala Day was Shannon Sharp with princesses Freya Marshall and McKenzie Easton.

Help make Our Town Beautiful was the plea to the people of Cowdenbeath from the town’s Environment Group as they awaited the judges of the Beautiful Fife competition.

Lochgelly High School’s Pipe Band added the UK Championship to their list of accolades.

It was announced by Fife Council that Cowdenbeath was to get £550,000 and Lochgelly £300,000 as part of the Scottish Government’s investment to breathe new life into town centres throughout Scotland.

There was a carnival atmosphere in Cowdenbeath as Mardis Gras was the theme for the town’s Gala Day on a beautiful day for the parade.

The second Greenpower Goblin Race was held at the Cowdenbeath Racewall as track engineers from 24 primary schools throughout Fife came to the racing venue with Cardenden and Kelty schools winning awards.

Children and families throughout the Cowdenbeath-Lochgelly area will not go hungry during the school summer holidays with the Cafe Inc initiative of Fife Council set to bounce into action.

Lochgelly High School won their section at the Benarty Pipe Band Championships and then set their eyes on the European title.

Cowdenbeath Area Committee heard that the quality of school dinners at Beath and Lochgelly High School was in general below standard.

Lochgelly Salvation Army marked their 120th anniversary with a two day celebration.



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Resident-led action group seeking redress from the long-term social, health and environmental impacts from the Mossmorran facilities in Central Fife operated by ExxonMobil (Fife Ethylene Plant) and Shell (Fife NGL).

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