Confirmation that Burntisland’s neglected east dock is to undergo a £2.5 million investment programme has been welcomed.
Forth Ports Ltd and Fife-based Scott Group announced the plans for the regeneration of the east end of the Port of Burntisland this week, following the approval of planning permission from Fife Council.
The development, which is supported by a Regional Selective Assistance (RSA) grant of £250,000 from Scottish Enterprise, will initially invest around £2.5m to develop the six-acre site into a state-of-the-art pallet manufacturing facility, including upgrading the electricity supply, refurbishing the existing building and surrounding hard standing areas, the relocation and installation of new equipment.
It will also upgrade the local road network to ensure site traffic avoids the High Street.
Scott Group’s main timber pallet manufacturing currently operates from the Port of Rosyth, but due to its success and other businesses expanding, it has decided to relocate to Burntisland.
Founded in Scotland, and with 27 sites throughout the UK, Scott Group wanted to keep its roots in Fife, and the move will save 48 Fife-based jobs, with the prospect of more jobs in the future.
Stuart Wallace, divisional director of Forth Ports said: “We are delighted that the planning application has been granted and look forward to reinvigorating the Port of Burntisland.
‘‘This investment with Scott Group, will secure important jobs for Fife, create a vital hub for their business and bring economic benefit to the local community. Work on the warehouse at the port will begin immediately and we hope to see Scott Pallets fully operational by early September.”
Alan Gibson, managing director of Scott Pallets, said: “‘This move allows us to lay down our long terms plans for creating a centre of excellence for timber pallet manufacturing, and we look forward to seeing the impact and results of our plans.”
The current building at the east port will be adapted to suit the needs of the pallet business and the quayside will be prepared for handling timber being delivered by ship.
The installation of the specialist equipment will be carried out during June and July, with the site expected to be fully operational by September.
n RSA grant of £250,000 towards the development of the site will safeguard 48 jobs.