COM­MENT

JONATHAN WAT­SON

The Courier & Advertiser (Fife Edition) - - NEWS -

Space to live seems to have come at the ex­pense of com­mu­nity spirit

This could be a defin­ing year for Glen­rothes.

Though one has to ac­knowl­edge the irony of a “new town” cel­e­brat­ing its 70th an­niver­sary, it is easy to for­get just how far it has come in its com­par­a­tively short life.

I grew up in Glen­rothes and while I’m used to the jibes about round­abouts from my col­leagues, th­ese same peo­ple tend to for­get how clean and green the town is com­pared to al­most ev­ery other in Scot­land.

It is cer­tainly a point not lost on the judges of Beau­ti­ful Scot­land and Bri­tain in Bloom.

How­ever, I will con­cede that while the wide open spaces and flower beds may look at­trac­tive, they have done lit­tle to pro­mote so­cial co­he­sion.

Space to live seems to have come at the ex­pense of com­mu­nity spirit and it is in­ter­est­ing to hear Mr Mowat sees this as a ma­jor ob­sta­cle.

How­ever, ev­ery­one likes an ex­cuse to cel­e­brate and if Go Glen­rothes can de­velop ideas that cap­ture the imag­i­na­tion, there’s ev­ery rea­son to be­lieve th­ese dis­tinct neigh­bour­hoods can fi­nally share a pride in their town.

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