SILVERBURN TAKES SHAPE

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A CARE facility for the elderly and a “small visitor attraction” could be among the ventures signposting a new direction for Silverburn Park.

Developments are still at an early stage but several groups have declared an interest in leasing parts of the popular Leven outdoor spot.

Following pre-Christmas talks between agent GVA and Fife Council, another meeting is due on February 6 to assess the ideas which best match the local authority’s wishes.

The council has been trying to attract private investment to the park for several years, in the hope of stemming its decline and securing a viable financial future.

It’s been stressed that offers will only be considered for leasehold – not outright sale – and public access will be retained.

GVA’s director in national marketing, Toby Withall, said: “We have a handful of decent enquiries – we hope to delve a bit deeper into them at the next meeting and find out exactly what they want to do and what elements of the park they want to work in.”

Mr Withall said a number of approaches had come from “the local area” in a successful national marketing exercise.

He declined to comment on specific schemes but said a care facility and “a small visitor attraction” were among those likely to be considered.

Some of the groups may want to form a consortium to take their plans forward, added Mr Withall, while others may pursue their projects individually on part of the site.

The financial challenge presented by the state of Silverburn’s dilapidated and decaying buildings had been well known for some time, but some of them could yet figure in the projects, suggested Mr Withall.

He added the scheme will hopefully gather momentum towards the end of February.