TENANT engagement is paying dividends in the Cowdenbeath-Lochgelly area with parking provision and fencing two main elements that have been improved.

Cowdenbeath Area Committee heard on Wednesday that engagement with tenants has always been important to the Housing Service and many had indicated that they wished to be more involved in improving their areas.

Area housing chief, Russell Gray, told councillors: "We continue to work with our Tenants and Residents Associations to take forward local issues and examples have come in Cardenden where improvements in parking and garden areas have taken place.

"We successfully obtained opportunity funding to provide additional parking in Hugh Avenue and Morris Avenue in Lochgelly and we have now received approval for an additional ten parking spaces in Denfield Avenue, Cardenden, due for completion by March 31.

"We have completed over £80,000 of improvements to driveways, gardens, fencing, additional parking and walkways in Inchgall Avenue, Crosshill, following demolition works, and have temporarily turfed the open space left after the demo work while longer term options are considered." Added Mr Gray: "Our tenants advised that fencing was an issue so we have approved two large scale boundary fencing projects in Greenmount and Mossend Terrace, Cowdenbeath, due for completion by the end of March.

"We regularly attend the Cardenden Tenant and Residents Association meetings to provide an update and respond to any Housing issues in the area and Housing Officers were instrumental in supporting the newly formed Cedar Avenue T and R Association in Lumphinnans Care Village."