Getting Alongside Communities – Methil, Fife
A bit about Methil
Prehistoric people lived on the land that Methil stands on 4000 years ago and the people who lived here relied on farming and fishing for a living. From the 17th century, coal mining became the principal industry as demand for good quality coal grew. A new harbour was built at Methil to cope with demand.
The transport infrastructure allowed other industries to flourish such as steelmaking, engineering, whisky distilling, textile manufacture, papermaking and timber preparation. A six-fold increase in population made Methil the ‘melting pot of Fife’. Methil High Street shops bustled, and the community thrived.
From the second half of the 20th century coal entered a period of terminal decline. New energy related industries opened – and closed – at Methil docks, building structures for the oil, gas and renewable energy sectors. Local employment opportunities are scarce and transport links are poor.
For 5 years, the Levenmouth Rail Campaign worked tirelessly for reinstatement of rail services to Levenmouth and the East of Fife, Scotland’s largest urban area without a train service. In August 2019, Transport Minister Michael Matheson announced that trains will return to Leven within 5 years, possibly sooner, and additional funding will link bus services and active travel routes.
What’s been happening?
We’ve been in Methil since July 2017, building relationships with community members and getting alongside them to bring their ideas to life. In 2018, we asked people about Methil and what they most wanted to see happen here. Find out how we did that here (Methil Community Consultation 2018) and what the results were here. (Summer 2018 Consultation report) There are lots of great activities organised by local groups and volunteers in Methil – find out more here (It’s all about Methil 2020)
How can you get involved?
You can find contact details for the Methil Community Co-ordinator on this page. You might like to tell us about changes you’d like see, or if you represent a group or organisation, how we could work together.
You can find out a bit more about Community Coordinator Marion here
Community Co-ordinator Contact Details:
07923 220 818
c/o Methil Community Centre
Bowling Green Street
Methil KY8 3DH