Welcome to East Neuk Community Action Plan

The East Neuk Community Action Plan (ENCAP) is a community-led charity and an aspirational initiative that would like to see a jointly held long term vision and strategy for the East Neuk area of Fife that would benefit people and the environment.

Building Sustainable & Resilient Communities Together                                                                                                                Passionate about keeping the East Neuk area of Fife a vibrant, sustainable and resilient place? Do you have an idea for an ambitious small or big project? Please get in touch. We might help you realise your idea by providing advice, financial support, and connecting you with other people.

Interested in conducting a Community Action Plan (CAP)?                                                                                                               We support communities to develop their own aspirations and plans for the future of their communities through the Community Action Plan. We provide a toolkit, and we direct the process of the creation of a CAP. So if you have questions or want to talk to us about CAP or an idea you have to improve the East Neuk area of Fife, please get in touch with our Principal Officer.

Contact us
Sonja Potjewijd, Principal Officer
07985 489686
Or use the Contact Us Form

 

 

Shared Path Project

We are delighted to announce that we secured funding to conduct a feasibility study for a shared path between Earslferry and Pittenweem. Our path will connect the communities, create opportunities and make everyday journeys on foot or bike safe and pleasant. To find out more about this project and how you can get involved, please go to our Shared Path section.

 

 

 

East Neuk Community Action Plan (ENCAP) is a Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation. Registered office; Balcaskie Estate Office, Easter Kellie, Arncroach, Fife. KY10 2RF. A registered Scottish charity (Number SC045074).

Our Story

ENCAP came into being in 2014, with the formation of a multi-sector steering group. ENCAP is designed around a community-led planning approach where communities in East Neuk are supported by the partnership to prepare their own five-year community action plans. Inception funding was secured through LEADER and matched by Fife Council and private contributions. This allowed the steering group to commission community action plans specialists, STAR Development Group, to co-design a training programme and toolkit, which would assist communities in developing their own five-year Community Action Plan. A four-month consultation saw 67 community groups and support organisations involved. The findings are written up in a toolkit which is made available to communities from ENCAP as they begin their community action planning process.

To date, two local community action plans have been created using the toolkit and support from ENCAP. One for Colinsburgh and Kilconquhar (2016-2021) and one for the St Monans and Abercrombie (2018-2023) and work is continuing with neighbouring villages and towns.

 

 

Get in Touch

If you have any questions or comments, please use the Contact Us Page – giving your name and email as part of the submission form.

Thank you.

 

 

 

 

Latest news

Meet the cyclist

Meet the amazing Dr. Richard Bowditch! He commutes by bike and often uses his bike or skateboard to visit his patients in care homes in East Neuk. How cool is that! In the pictures, you can see his bike and skateboard in his examination room.

The distances between villages in East Neuk are perfect for walking, cycling, and wheeling. A decent off-road shared path project will massively improve the options for people to move around pleasantly and safely, creating happier and healthier neighbourhoods.

 

 

 

Changes to Sustrans Places for Everyone funding programme

Crispin Hayes, Whole Cycle Ltd,  lead consultant to the Earlsferry to Pittenweem Shared Path project gives us his reaction to the changes in funding by Transport Scotland that will affect this and other active path community projects 

In February this year, Transport Scotland announced a decision to wind up the Sustrans Places for Everyone funding programme over the next year and a half, finally closing in September 2025, and not providing any new construction funding from now. 

Transport Scotland’s replacement is a new construction fund that will be distributed direct to Local Authorities only and not community organisations. I think that is a pity because community organisations have a much greater focus on working for their local community. My concern is that communities will lose control of their project, because essentially they do the design stages, and then hand it over to the Council to do the construction. 

It also risks projects like Earlsferry to Pittenweem Shared Path project not being near the top of the Council’s large pool of projects. And it is subject to other political and budget factors outside the community’s control. 

Our current approach is to liaise closely with Council officers to ensure they are stakeholders in these design stages, and that local support means the project has to be considered seriously for construction.

As we said previously, Earlsferry to Pittenweem Shared Path project applied in May 2024 to our funder Sustrans Places for Everyone to move to Stages 3 & 4 Developed Design. We expect to hear about the result of that funding application in late June or July, and we will update when we do know. We understand that it will be a competitive round, so fingers crossed. 

 

Project Update!

We are excited to announce that we have completed Stage 2 Concept Design for the project. This marks the initial phase of creating design drawings, allowing us to engage more thoroughly with stakeholders such as landowners, the Local Authority, and the community to discuss the proposed path. We have plans for community engagement activities, including an event later this year, to gather feedback and discuss the project with the communities along the route. We continue to work with landowners to secure agreements for the proposed route.

We have submitted our application for the next stage of funding for Stages 3-4 to Sustrans, and we will find out if we are successful with this application around June/July.

If we are, the next stage will see us further develop the route concepts and incorporate technical details. We will also identify travel interventions, test the implications, and engage with the community, asking for your feedback on the routes and activities along the way.
Watch this space as we continue to share our progress with the community.

 

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