We’re still on track to tackle park

Duncan Mitchell
Duncan Mitchell
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The manager of a local charity has assured locals that it is still working on plans to breathe new life into Silverburn Park after a quiet three months.

Duncan Mitchell, manager at Fife Employment Access Trust (FEAT), which was awarded the contract to reopen the park as an area for community activity at the beginning of the year, said the last few weeks have been spent working on the large number of ideas for the park.

“We’ve really been in the ‘sifting through’ stage,” he said. “We’ve had literally hundreds of ideas for what to do with the park that have been put through by staff, partners and the public so we’ve kind of reached that point where it’s about getting those down to the top three or top five that are feasible and realistic.”

“We’re looking for a combination of short-term and long-term projects, and obviously a couple of quick things too, but I think it will be a case of looking at one building at a time because of the magnitude of the amount of money it will take.”

He continued: “Our intention is to go public with our top ideas in January, and get a bit more community engagement as well with a focus on our presentation to Fife Council in March.

“If councillors are happy with our proposals and we are a prepared partner, then we would then take on the lease for the park, which will probably be phased as that would suit us better rather than taking on the whole thing immediately as there is obviously a lot of cost involved.”

FEAT holds its AGM on December 3, where Silverburn will be included in the discussions. It takes place at 6/7 Hanover Court, Glenothes at 12.30p.m. Anyone is welcome to attend, please call 01592 759371 or email feat@journeytowork.co.uk to reserve your place as space is limited.