Fife Council is starting a long-running engagement exercise to try and increase public participation in designing its core services and deciding how its budget is spent.
It’s kicking this off by consulting with people who live and work in Fife about its passenger transport services. The council invests £22 million on these services each year in order to help people travel around Fife for work, studying and leisure.
Over the next 12 months, you’re invited to help the council explore whether these resources could be used differently, for better results.
Check out the range of information that’s already online at https://our.fife.scot/transportingpeople/
Find out what the council invests in at the moment and have your say on what works well or what could be changed. These services includes supported bus services, rail concessions, school transport and demand-responsive transport.
In October and November the council will be asking what solutions people living and working in the area would like to see in an ideal world.
Early in 2020, the council will then start to consider how ‘the dream’ matches up with policy, legislation, existing contracts and other practicalities, so that it can refine ideas and gather more specific feedback.
Later in 2020, concrete options will be put up for you to vote on.
This is not a traditional consultation process. Several stages of engagement, giving people opportunities to get involved off and online, will explore a complex set of services.
To take part in these conversations, all you need to do it to register at Let’s Talk about our Fife
This is one of the ways in which Fife Council is taking forward participatory budgeting (PB) in Fife. This is a new approach for councils – you can find out about this new approach at https://pbscotland.scot/charter