Fife Council is Scotland’s third largest local authority region with over 350,000 people living in towns like Kirkcaldy, Dunfermline, Glenrothes and St Andrews.
From time to time Fife Council has a tough job looking after us all, so in pursuit of finding out how I could be more helpful as a Fife resident I checked out the Fife Council website. I found a lot of very handy information and in this article I have listed 6 things that found particularly useful.
6 things I learned from the Fife Council website
Find out when your bins will be uplifted
If you’re anything like me, the bins that you put out for collection will depend on what everyone else is doing in the street. If you just take a peek out of your window in the morning there will be a few of your eager neighbours that have got their bin out early, and everyone else will follow their lead.
There will be times that you will need to check what bins to put out in advance, perhaps if you are going on holiday or if one of your bins is particularly full and you want to know when it will be emptied.
You can find out exactly what bins will be collected and on what date by entering your postcode into the Fife Council Bin Collection Calendar.
Find out who your local councillor is
There may be a time when you need to contact your local councillor, by either writing to them or meeting with them in person. The Fife Council website has a complete directory of all the local councillors in Fife. All you have to do is enter your postcode into the search box and the details will come up for you. You can contact your local Fife councillor online or find out when their next local surgery is taking place so you can speak to him/her in person.
Find out when the school holidays are
No doubt you’ve seen numerous posts from your friends on Facebook asking when the school holidays are. Surprisingly enough, the exact Fife school holiday dates are published on the Fife Council website for you to see.
These dates are not just important for families in Fife, but also for local business owners in Fife who have heavy traffic from local schools.
Report a faulty street light
When you see a faulty light in your street the first thing you think of is probably not “I should report this fault on the Fife Council website”. However, it might create a particularly dark area at night, and if you have children or vulnerable family members I’m sure you’ll want to do something about it.
On the Fife Council website you can report a faulty street light and, using their interactive street light map, you can also see if a light has been reported already.
Report a fault on Fife’s roads
We’re all guilty of complaining about the state of the roads in the Fife area, and then we complain about the road works…I’m sure Fife Council get a hard time most of the time. However, there’s a really easy way to report a fault that you find on the Fife roads. Using the Fife Council interactive map you cap pin point the exact location of the fault and you can even upload your own photo of the damaged area!
Now, I’m not saying that it’s going to fixed immediately, but reporting any road faults will certainly bring it to their attention and if more people report these things, perhaps more will be done about it.
Find out what’s on in your town
How many times have you heard someone say “living in Fife is boring, there’s nothing for us to do”? Well, let me turn things around! There’s so much to do in Fife and I don’t think people really know what they’ve got right on their doorstep. The Fife Council website has a great search facility so you can find out what’s going on in your local area and throughout Fife.
There is also a separate twitter account for what’s on in Fife – @whatsonfife
Find out where you can park your car in Fife
There are a lot of places to park your car in Fife, and some of your frustrations may be based around the size, price and location of the car parks. If you are planning a trip around Fife take the time to find out what you need to know about the car parks in the area you are visiting. You can find out the exact location, the size and the parking costs for each location in Fife.
Connect with Fife Council on social media
Make sure you keep up to date with what Fife Council are doing via their main social media platforms:
Follow Fife Council on Facebook here
Follow Fife Council on Twitter here
Did you know this information was available to you? I hope you have found these things from the Fife Council website as useful as I have.
Keep it clean!