LOCALS can help shape an "ambitious" future for the Meedies – and get £40 into the bargain.

Fife Council are ready to pay for your views and there's still time to get your name down for one of the sessions, with the first this weekend.

A spokesperson explained: "We want to develop an ambitious long-term plan for our much-loved Meedies – and we need your passion, enthusiasm and ideas to help us make that a reality!

"Fife Council is running themed workshops on November 18/19 and then on December 2/3 at Lochore Meadows Country Park's Willie Clarke Visitor Centre.

"The sessions are free, with £40 gift vouchers offered to attendees per session, and people who sign up are required to commit to attending one session in November and one in December.

"Do you have ideas about the future development of the park? Join the conversation and share your ideas!"

The workshops are being delivered thanks to an externally funded research project by Democratic Society and Strathclyde University.

The sessions are open to everyone over the age of 18 who lives, works or has an interest in Lochore Meadows.

Fife Voluntary Action is assisting with recruiting attendees for the workshops. Find out everything you need to know, including how to sign up, on their website which is www.fva.org

They added: "In addition to the workshops, an online consultation will begin later this month to gather feedback on some specific proposals that are currently being developed.

"This will give people who are unable to attend, but would still like to take part in our consultation about future developments at Lochore Meadows, the opportunity to have their say."

There were 900,000 visitors to the Meedies last year and there are approved plans for an £800,000 project to replace the existing playpark.

The idea is that it will become a “destination park”, with play equipment for kids of all ages and abilities, and the council committed £500,000 for play equipment and a further £250,000 for infrastructure works to complement existing facilities.

Initially it had been hoped the new playpark would open in Spring 2022 but work hasn't started.

In January, after reviewing the tenders they received for the work, the council said they weren't able to award the contract to any of the firms and that the project would be delayed by up to a year.