A Kirkcaldy community council has urged members of a planning committee not to let a Kirkcaldy “eyesore” crumble for another 60 years.
And Kirkcaldy West Community Council says that everything should be done to bring a “genuine investment interest” in the form of a new care home to help regenerate the Victoria Road corridor through the centre of the town.
David Henderson, chairman of the active community council, has sent letters to members of the Central Area Planning Committee as well as local elected members in the town appealing for them to allow listed building consent and planning in principle for the B-listed former electricity power station on Victoria Road to be demolished to make way for the care home.
At the last meeting members decided to delay a decision on the care home proposal for a site visit.
Planners had recommended refusal of the application.
This week Mr Henderson told the Press: “This building has been lying doing nothing and bringing nothing to the town’s economy for over 60 years.
‘‘It could lie there for another 60 years being an eyesore if this opportunity is turned down by members of the planning committee.
“More recently, even since the planners’ recommendation to refuse this particular application came into the public domain, near on £2 million has been allocated to Fife, the first such investment that has been available here in recent years under a scheme to tackle the eyesores here.
‘‘And where better to start than where there is genuine investment interest in this long standing derelict site?”
Mr Henderson said that, although the Victoria Road corridor fell outwith the jurisdiction of Kirkcaldy West Community Council, its members had felt compelled to respond “for the good of the whole town”.
“This drastic action as proposed is essential, otherwise we will be left with an eyesore for another 60 years,” he explained.
“There is a huge risk factor in refusing this particular application because the developer may just abandon the scheme altogether and take his business elsewhere.”
A Fife Council spokesman said: “We are unable to offer a response to the community council’s views expressed in the letter as the application is due to be considered at next week’s Central Area Planning Committee.”
Background papers can be found at www.fifedirect.org.uk where the committee report will also be available from today (Thursday).