Silverburn’s future under review

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FIFE Council expects to take delivery soon of a long-awaited consultation brief on the future for Silverburn park, reports RALPH MELLON.

A report is being prepared on the best options for developing the popular Leven visitor venue and attracting interest on the open market.

The council stresses it wants to protect Silverburn as a green space and retain it as a public asset.

Consulation with user groups and the public is expected to follow when the council receives a brief, prepared by Yorkshire-based agency Humberts, looking at options for developing the site.

It’s expected advice will be given on how best to showcase the area on the open market and entice interest in the three main buildings - the flax mill, Silverburn House and Corriemar - all of which need extensive restoration.

The council’s parks development manager, Peter Howden, reckoned the public would tell the authority if suggestions were viable or not.

“There is a strong view in the community that we don’t want to see the area lost to public open space,” he said. “We would really like to protect Silverburn as a green space and ensure it remains as a public asset.”

Other users are interested too in the site’s welfare. Buckhaven man Paul Brown has launched a Facebook campaign, as Silverburn Community Farm Ltd., and hopes to “develop the place for the benefit of Levenmouth and the surrounding area, putting in place what the people want to see”.

The Silverburn and Letham Glen Development Group, however, indicated it had had little communication with the council in recent months.