Money from a £25m fund to deliver projects in disadvantaged areas in Kirkcaldy and Lochgelly has been hailed as good news for the towns.
Margaret Burgess, Scottish Housing Minister, and councillor Stephen Hagan, the COSLA spokesman for Development, Economy and Sustainability. jointly announced the £25 million fund, which will transform disadvantaged areas in Scotland, on Friday.
In total, 22 local projects including the Gallatown area of Kirkcaldy and Lochgelly, will benefit from the Regeneration Capital Grant Fund (RCGF).
The Gallatown Regeneration Project received grant funding totalling £950,000 which will be used to remove eyesores of dereliction in the area, creating community space in the current local office at Park Road, improve facilities at Gallatown Park Bowling Club and other investments to tie in with the identified community aspirations. The total cost of the project is estimated at £1.5m and it’s hoped to secure the remaining balance of £550,000 over the coming years.
Councillor Neil Crooks, chairman of Kirkcaldy Area Committee, said: “This is yet more good news for the Gallatown area which follows the recent announcement of £3m from the Community Investment Fund which will allow community developments at the new Viewforth school at Windmill Road.
“This will begin to reverse the trend of degeneration of the physical environment, erosion of community networks and the lack of social and economic opportunities. This money will provide fresh belief that we are on the right path to recovery in Fife’s highest identified datazone for multiple deprivation.”
Meanwhile the Lochgelly Town House Development Site has secured £550,000 in funding towards a total project cost of £2.5m. The money will be used to support the restoration of the vacant St Andrews Church, the creation of new public realm including a new civic square and to help deliver new council homes by the conversion of Lochgelly Town House into flats.
The church, which is next to the town house, will be restored for use as a sports- based facility. Local councillor Mark Hood said: “This is great new for Lochgelly and it comes as the culmination of several years work by Council officers and the Lochgelly community. This funding will ensure the next step in the regeneration of the town and will ensure we continue to build on previous achievements.”