COUNCILLORS have been told of delays in spending more than £800,000 on improvements in West Fife.

There are 22 approved projects that have had funding in place for years, including cash for playparks, a road, games area, and war memorials, but none of them have been completed.

At the South-West Fife area committee last week, members were advised that progress had been held up by "a number of factors".

A report by Eileen Rowand, executive director for finance and corporate services, said that extra capital money had been allocated in the 2017-20 budget with £6.3 million shared between the seven council areas in Fife, £900,000 each.

It included £500,000 for each area to go towards improving health through leisure and sport.

In South-West Fife, 22 projects totalling £806,000 were identified and the business cases agreed, while £94,000 remains unallocated.

Many were approved more than two years ago, two got the go-ahead in 2017, but none have been completed.

Ms Rowand said: "A number of factors has led to a delay in implementing these projects, such as formation of community groups to progress these projects, and several projects require match-funding from external funders.

"Expenditure will commence towards the end of 2020-21 with the majority in 2021-22."

The approved 10 capital projects are: improvements to war memorials, £20,000; Inverkeithing town centre improvements, £100,000; Oakley skatepark, £15,000; Torryburn Primary School road, £10,000; disabled parking bays in Kinloss Court, High Valleyfield, £9,000; Rosyth concept design, £100,000; Cairneyhill Multi-Use Games Area (MUGA), £30,000; Fleet Grounds, Rosyth, £22,000; Saline Play Park, £20,000.

New public toilets in North Queensferry have also been agreed but the cost has still to be confirmed.

These projects come to £326,000.

There are a further 12 projects, all approved in May 2018 and totalling £480,000, which are mostly for new or better playparks and come under the category of improving health through leisure and sport.

They are: Jubilee Park, Dalgety Bay, £70,000; Wilson Street, Blairhall, £60,000; Primrose Avenue, Rosyth, £60,000; Morlich Park, Dalgety Bay, £25,000; Roseberry View play area, Dalgety Bay, £25,000; Steelend play area, £15,000; Clune Road play area, Gowkhall, £50,000; Manse Road play area, Inverkeithing, £50,000; Charlestown Green play area, £10,000; Oaklea play area, Saline, £35,000; Kilbagie Street play area, Kincardine, £30,000; Shore Road play area, North Queensferry, £50,000.