plans to demolish a part of Kirkcaldy’s industrial history have been lodged with Fife Council.
An application to demolish the A-listed Nairn’s linoleum factory on Victoria Road have been submitted by the building’s owners Scottish Enterprise on the grounds that it would be too expensive to renovate the building.
The south factory, which was built in 1882 has lain empty and fallen into a derelict state since linoleum production moved to modern works in Den Road during the mid 1980s.
Numerous attempts over the years to develop the building into a museum, library, sports centre, houses and a supermarket have all failed, with cost being a major factor.
A spokesman for Scottish Enterprise (SE) said: “The former linoleum works has been vacant for the past 20 years despite considerable efforts by both ourselves and Fife Council to make the site attractive and cost-effective to private sector development.
“Unfortunately, the building continues to deteriorate with pace and in recent years has involved significant remedial works to safeguard its structural integrity as well as public safety.
“After careful consideration, which involved weighing up all the factors, Scottish Enterprise has submitted an application to have the building demolished.
“As SE also owns the adjoining site to the former works, which extends to approximately eight acres in total, we believe the clearance of the listed building would create a clear site for future development.”
David Torrance, Kirkcaldy MSP, welcomed the proposal, saying the money being spent on the building’s upkeep was “a complete waste”.
“This is money which could be far better spent by Scottish Enterprise on creating jobs in Kirkcaldy. They, and the taxpayers are paying a fortune to keep that scaffolding up, so this is a great opportunity,” he said.
“The removal of that building will make that site far more attractive for developers so let’s get it pulled down and get that site developed for the good of the whole town.”