East Fife Mail: Review of 2013

Regent was saved from closure
Regent was saved from closure

The curtain is about to fall on 2013 after a typical year of triumphs, defeats, challenges, gains and losses.

We’ve said goodbye to 12 months with their fare share of notable events.

Education in Levenmouth is set to enter a new era, with the details being put before the community in 2013.

It’s proposed to build a single new secondary school for the area, in the grounds of Buckhaven High, to replace both it and Kirkland High School.

A towering test turbine stood impassively at the docks as a symbol of growing investment in the wind power 

However, objections, which had been long and vociferous just a few years ago, in the early stages of Fife’s willingness to embrace the innovation, were largely muted.

The beginning of the end for Leven’s Remploy factory arrived with the visit of a 
Government Minister to the firm’s factory at Banbeath, following news that the factory was likely to shut and efforts would be made to find alternative 
work for the employees, many of whom had disabilities.

Politicians mounted a high-profile campaign to help find a buyer for the premises, improve the conditions under which it might be taken over and secure a better deal for the workforce. But the factory eventually closed in September – a decision many felt had already been taken many months before.

Business and trade in the town centre around Leven was a prominent talking point during the year, with a cluster of shop closures, but other new ones managing to open, despite continued tough economic circumstances. There were various pleas and initiatives, including Shop Local Leven, to tempt customers to continue supporting local traders against the huge competition from 
online shopping.

Two of the area’s proudest community assets were the focus of a lot of attention in 2013.

The Regent Cinema, opened only two years ago after a huge community effort, survived a scare when a new committee was formed, and Fife Employment Action Trust set about creating a blueprint for the long-term future of 
Silverburn Park.