2019 is to be a year where the Central Fife Crime Prevention Panel continues to promote road safety around schools by backing the fight against inappropriate parking at Auchtertool Primary.

Over the past two years the organisation, thanks to funding from The 4winds Trust, has been able to ensure local schools have had a variety of ways of easing inappropriate parking problems at busy morning and afternoon times and is also involved in the current Times' Think Speed campaign.

At Wednesday's annual general meeting, it was noted that the pop-up signs carrying bad parking slogans and anti-speeding messages had seen an impact on problems in Cowdenbeath, Lochgelly, Cardenden and Kelty.

Said new Panel chairman, Dave Roy: "The signs are all about persuading people dropping off their children to think about where they stop their vehicle.

"It is something that plagues most, if not all of our schools, and one of these is Auchtertool Primary.

"The school is on the busy main road through the village and inappropriate parking can pose real road safety issues.

"One of the initiatives we have in our minds for the new session is supplying three of the pop-up signs to the school for use by the pupils in them 'policing' the parking problem."

The Panel was also urged at the meeting to back The Music Initiative being organised by the police in the Dunfermline and Cowdenbeath Policing area.

Community Police team member Gary Chrystal said: "The iAM Creative Music Initiative involves St Columba's High School, which has a number of pupils attending from the Cowdenbeath, Kelty and Ballingry areas.

"All high schools have talented creative pupils, some of which have fallen away from the traditional education system and efforts will be made to re-engage with them through this new music programme.

"The initiative is geared to starting a record label and pupils working to create music and record numbers working with professionals."

PC Chrystal said that the initiative would welcome support from Dunfermline and Central Fife Crime Prevention Panels an it was decided on Wednesday night to donate £250 to the project.