THE family of the man who gifted Silverburn to the people of Leven are hopeful a decision to allow the Fife Employment Access Trust (FEAT) to take over the park’s management is the right one.
FEAT, which wants to use the much-loved park to further its work in enhancing employment opportunities for people with disabilities and mental health problems, was announced last week as Fife Council’s principal partner.
The change is still to be legally rubber-stamped and FEAT hasn’t yet revealed its exact plans, but Cecilia Russell – whose grandfather, Sir David Russell lived in Silverburn House, and whose father, also David Russell gifted the house, buildings and policies in 1974 to the then Leven Town Council – said her family supported the decision “in principle”.
Ms Russell said: “The family’s main concern is to keep Silverburn as a place of peace and tranquillity, for the use of the people of Leven in particular and the people of Fife in general.
“I do think a FEAT project, depending, of course, on the details, would be agreeable to my father’s wishes and the family too.
“They have good initiatives and they are very dedicated people who work mostly as volunteers, I think.
“That it is something that would be of benefit, and keeps Silverburn’s free access to the people of the local area, to the family, I think is the most important thing.”
Ms Russell said she understood Fife Council’s reason to look for a partner to manage the park and buildings, as her father didn’t leave any money to look after Silverburn.
She said she felt working with FEAT was a better idea than some of the other ideas suggested.
She added: “I personally prefer this thing with FEAT than a crematorium, which was talked about.
“A crematorium is also needed in the area, although there is one at Kirkcaldy, but I would have thought something that enabled FEAT to do whatever they wish to do there would be better.”