Court bid to prepare land for allotments

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Fife Council has applied to the courts for permission to lease out public land in a Kirkcaldy park for community use.

A petition has been raised in Kirkcaldy Sheriff Court to allow the authority to let the ground within the walled garden of Ravenscraig Park to local groups for activities including allotments and school education programmes.

Public notices to let people know of the next stage in the legal process have been printed in the local press.

Thousands of pounds from the Kirkcaldy area budget have been spent clearnng trees and demolishing unsafe greenhouses within the gardens to prepare the land, and a great deal of interest has already been expressed by various local groups in making use of the facility.

Theresa Hughes, project officer for the site, explained: “Plans have already been given the green light by committee and have been enthusiastically supported by local community groups like the Kirkcaldy Civic Society, Dysart Regeneration Forum and Kirkcaldy Allotments Group.

“We’ve already got interested groups on board so the last step in the process is to have the plans to lease the land approved by Kirkcaldy Sheriff Court.

“Proposals include community growing plots, allotment plots, a willow garden and workshops and that’s just for starters.

‘’Our main aim for this historic piece of land is to let local people have hands-on involvement in plant production for enjoyment.“

Councillor Alice Soper, chairman of the Kirkcaldy Area Committee, said: “It will be good for this land to be used once again, and it will also remain in the public’s hands.”