Would-be developers present ‘sound cases’

One of the views from Silverburn, near Leven
One of the views from Silverburn, near Leven

ALL the would-bedevelopers in the hunt for a piece of Silverburn Park have a “sound case”, according to Fife Council.

Elected local members are to be brought in to the discussions, before the authority decides on the way forward for the Leven asset’s future management and maintenance.

The council has been seeking private investment on a long-term, lease-only basis at Silverburn to revitalise the location and halt its decline.

It is possible some developers could work in tandem, or the council may favour a ‘whole park’ solution.

Informal talks were held last week with five “interested parties” – including the Leven businessman who hopes to provide a single-stop bereavement services centre at the site.

The council’s area services manager for Levenmouth, Dave Paterson, told the Mail: “Each provided us with information and has an interesting and sound case for being considered.

“As well as considering this information from them all, we also have to involve local councillors in the area and we intend to contact them about this as soon as we can.

“Recommendations will be put to councillors, which may result in further negotiations with one or more of the current applicants.”

Meanwhile, one group which had put forward a Silverburn proposal is now considering its future plans, after the death of one of its leading figures.

Leven Valley Development Trust had revised an earlier ambition for a centre celebrating Scottish culture.

But the LVDT is debating whether to pursue this ambition, following the passing earlier this month of architect Bob Watt, one of its founding trustees.

The plan included a music centre, theatre, teaching rooms, café-restaurant and other facilities, along with a possible museum for fire engines and agricultural vehicles.

New trees and a high-quality housing development were also envisaged – although the LVDT believed land should be released for sale to make investment more viable.

However, chairman John McCombie said the LVDT would be arranging a meeting as soon as possible to consider its position, following Mr Watt’s death.