Council tight-lipped on Silverburn’s future

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SECRECY is still surrounding the identity of Silverburn Park’s potential developers.

Promising enquiries have been made to Fife Council about leasing sections of the popular Leven outdoor spot – and those interested are said to be “mainly local”.

While a care facility for the elderly and a small visitor attraction were previously hinted at, the interested groups and their projects are staying under wraps while costs and other details continue to be discussed.

However, it’s possible the facts may become clearer at a meeting in late March.

Fife Council has been trying for some years to attract new stakeholders in Silverburn – for leasehold and not outright sale – to halt its decline and create a viable financial future.

Maintaining public access, along with the site’s community legacy, will be crucial to any deal.

Peter Howden, parks and countryside development manager, told the Mail: “Officers from Fife Council and representatives of property consultants GVA have met to consider expressions of interest from a number of interested parties seeking to provide a sustainable business solution to the future of Silverburn Park.

“Six different proposals have been received and, with the exception of one, they provide only a partial solution to what might be a whole park development.

“However, some of the interests were complementary to each other and, in some cases, could be adjoined in utilising the entire site and buildings.

“These proposals remain confidential while further information is being gathered from the various parties, in order that the proposals can be considered in detail.

“Consultation with local councillors and community representatives will also take place over the coming weeks. A report will then be presented for consideration at the council’s policy, finance and asset management committee on March 29.”

Mr Howden added: “We remain confident that a long-term solution will be found for the future development and management of the park.”