PLANS to develop Silverburn Park are continuing to gather pace, after councillors provisionally approved £30,000 of funding for Fife Employment Access Trust (FEAT).
The group, which has been running the campaign to regenerate the Leven park, applied for the cash from the Leven Common Good Fund (LCGF), set up to fund projects that will benefit the area.
In the application presented to councillors at the Levenmouth area committee meeting, it was noted that the cash would be used to assist with one-off staffing and management costs linked with developing the long-term plans for regeneration at the park.
Chair of the Levenmouth area committee Councillor Tom Adams was keen to approve the funding. He said: “Everyone wants to see something done with Silverburn and we need to keep the momentum going. ”
However, Cllr DavIDy Alexander voiced a number of concerns. He questioned whether there was any need for a cash boost from the LCGF.
“When we gave FEAT exclusivity of redeveloping Silverburn, we did so on the basis that they had a good business plan and were able to access their own funding, so it wasn’t part of the initial plan to access the LCGF which is a bit unfair on the other groups who had wanted to redevelop the park. Also, looking at FEAT’s annual income and expenditure, there is a surplus of £95,000, and they have a net worth of £212,000, so there is probably no need for them to access the LCGF.
“The LCGF can be put to great use, but not for bureaucratic purposes like this – it should be for creating things. That said, I don’t want to hold the project back any longer.”
Councillors agreed to approve funding on the condition that Cllr Adams and Dave Paterson, Area Services Manager, provided more information on the need for funding. A meeting is expected to take place in due course.
Duncan Mitchell, general manager at FEAT, said: “We’re delighted to have our application approved in principle and I’m sure we’ll be able to satisfy the committee with the full answers they’re looking for.”
Mr Mitchell added that the group are delighted to have secured £10,000 worth of funding from the Voluntary Action Fund which will help them with the organisaiton of volunteers, as well as £1000 from Fife Charities Trust to help with the installation of an outdoor classroom at Silverburn.