Differing points of view ...

View from the viewpoint site
View from the viewpoint site

FEARS have been expressed that years of planning could go down the drain if work doesn’t begin soon on a Kinghorn project.

The plan to create a viewpoint next to the village cemetery, looking out over the Forth to Inchkeith and Edinburgh, has dragged on for years while remedial work was carried out on the steps at the cemetery which constantly flooded, then on the cliff face.

However, despite planning permission being granted back in November, former members of Kinghorn Community Council, say work has still not begun to build the tourist attraction and paperwork is still waiting to be signed.

They fear that all the hard work which has been put into the plans and seeking funding could be lost if it doesn’t start soon.

“It took so long for this all to come together in the first place that I can’t believe the Community Council is putting it at risk by not moving on and getting this built,” said former secretary Marilyn Edwards.

Her views have been echoed by other former members including Fraser Ballantyne, Alex Gibb and Mike Gilbert who say around £50,000 of funding from Fife Environmental Trust, the Common Good Fund and other bodies won’t be on offer indefinitely.

Fife Council has agreed it will maintain the viewpoint after it is built.

Ewen Campbell, vice chairman of Kinghorn Community Council, told the Press the concerns were unfounded:.

“One condition of the planning permission is that ground clearance cannot commence between March and the end of August due to birds nesting on the site.

“Another relates to the need for an approved co-ordinated construction management plan between Kinghorn Community Council and Fife Council to be in place before the start of the work.

“With regards to the funding position, the Community Council has had no recent concerns communicated to it by the funding organisations involved, so I do not consider funding to be at risk,” he said.