Why is nothing happening here?

The Methil site with the former power station and chimney
The Methil site with the former power station and chimney
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WHEN Methil Power Station finally crashed to the ground, hopes rose that the site would quickly become a focus for 
exciting redevelopment in Levenmouth.

But, almost two years later, despite urgent calls by local politicians to “strike while the iron is hot”, the dust has gone and the land lies silent.

In a bid to discover what was going on, the Mail contacted owners Forth Ports Authority and former leaseholders, ScottishPower.

The response was surprising.

A Forth Ports spokeperson said: “We continue to work through the reinstatement of the power station site at Methil with ScottishPower and, once this is concluded, we will work with Fife Council to look carefully at how the site could be used.

“We can’t confirm the timescale for this, but it is likely to be into next year.”

Yet ScottishPower told the Mail in December 2011 that the power station had been demolished and the site levelled.

Bar some minor works on the sea wall “in the near future”, the handover was almost complete.

However, last week a Scottish Power spokesperson said: “The work to demolish the power station was completed in the past year and ScottishPower’s interest in the main site has been concluded and future use of the site is now a matter for Forth Ports.

“However, some repairs are required on the sea wall. We are working closely with Forth Ports to plan this and to agree with them on the best time to carry it out.

“We hope that this work can be arranged for later this year.”

In the meantime, Ross Mackenzie, lead officer for investment at Fife Council, said he was well aware of the aspirations of the community for the land.

However, other than the fact that Fife Council had zoned the area for tourism or leisure development, nothing else could be planned under current circumstances.

“We are more than happy to have discussions with the landowner when the landowner is ready and has something to discuss with us,” he said.

Back in 2011, local politicians were already warning time was of the essence.

Councillor Tom Adams said: “If we’re looking at attracting leisure and business, then we need to move quickly.

He added: “We’ve got to be very cute here and get moving on it.”