IT was a momentous occasion for all involved as Sir Menzies Campbell cut the first turf at the site of the new Homelands project in Lundin Links.
The north east Fife MP and former Lib Dems leader is patron of the Homelands Trust-Fife, a charity borne out of historic generosity.
The site, which sits just off the village’s Leven Road, was donated to the Fife branch of the MS Society by Isobel Paxton.
And now, after more than 20 years, work will finally begin on a project to provide holiday accommodation for people with a range of disabilities and long-term health conditions.
Sir Campbell said: “It is a great honour to have been invited to be patron and I am lost in admiration for the perseverance and determination of the trustees.
“We should also acknowledge the enormous generosity of Miss Paxton. This has come at a time when there is much greater understanding of the needs of the disabled, perhaps due to the paralympics last year, but this is an all-round community effort and that’s what makes it so special.”
The Trust has been working with award-winning architect firm James F Stephen of Glamis and client representative Dr Larry Rolland, and just last week it was confirmed that Campion Homes had been contracted for the building work.
It is hoped the buildings – four holidays cottages and a drop-in and information centre – will be complete by Summer/Autumn 2014, although the Trust hope to start taking bookings for the accommodation at the turn of the year.
One of the trustees, Jeni Rankin, says it is wonderful that a start will soon be made. “I have been involved with the project for many years and seen it through many phases and it is just fantastic and really exciting that something is finally happening.”