Council plants idea of community garden

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A DISUSED children’s play-park in Buckhaven may soon be transformed into a community garden, featuring four allotment plots and poly tunnels.

Fife Council wants to see the park, between Burns Avenue and Omar Crescent, changed in use so local people can grow their own produce.

The plan also includes the creation of an on-site compost area, maintenance strip and a community shed.

One local man the Mail spoke with, whose house is one of the many which would overlook the proposed development, said he welcomed the move – but hoped that the plots would be properly maintained and rubbish regularly cleared away.

A report, which will be presented to Levenmouth councillors today (Wednesday) when they meet at Carberry House, Leven, says: “In a supporting statement the applicant (Fife Council) advises that the site will include community growing space and an education resource to be used by the local group to encourage all parts of the community from Buckhaven to grow fruit, flowers and vegetables.

“The site will supply three half size 10mx10m growing spaces for the Buckhaven area to individual plot holders, one demonstration plot and an orchard.”

The report claims the development, including the community shed and associated structures, would not harm the character and appearance of the surrounding residential area.

Should the use of the land as a community garden stop, then a condition can be imposed by councillors ensuring the site is returned to its original state.

The report adds: “It is expected that the allotments will be used during the hours of daylight since there is no electricity on the site and no external lighting is proposed.

“The site will be subject to conditions of lease from Fife Council and the site will be secured at both entrances by locked gates.”

Councillors are expected to give the proposal a conditional approval.