Green light to tackle ‘eyesores’ in Glenrothes

The former five-a-side complex at Viewfield
The former five-a-side complex at Viewfield
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Glenrothes councillors have given the go-ahead for plans to tackle the issue of dilapidated buildings throughout the new town.

Members of the Glenrothes Area Committee unanimously backed the decision for regeneration and environment officers to open talks with the owners of four significant ‘eyesores’ currently earmarked as priority cases.

The buildings which include the former indoor football facility, a severely dilapidated building at 254 High Street, Leslie and the Glenwood Shopping Centre, are all in private ownership, but councillors are hoping that by contacting the those involved the authority can bring about a reversal of fortunes for the properties.

Ian McCrory, regeneration, place and environment lead officers told the committee: “Wilful neglect is rare but does happen, we need to find out owners intentions and see if there are ways in which we as an authority can help bring about a positive change.

“It may be that the owner is just not cited in all the available options open to them.”

Councillor Ross Vettraino said that the case of the former football complex situated at Overstenton Park “needed to be looked at as the land it is built on is Council owned land and potentially offered the best chance of applying pressure to bring about a positive change”.

In the case of the former Co-op building councillors agreed to wait and see what plans new Kingdom Shopping Centre owners - which includes the building in Albany Gate - have as part of the town centre regeneration.

Committee chairman Altany Craik said: “The Co-op building plays a part in the overall wider picture of redevelopment plans and we should wait to see the new owners plans.”

The four key ‘eyesores’

Former Budgie’s Warehouse, 147 High Street, Leslie. A prominent building in a poor state of repair particularly the gap site at the rear.

Former five-a-side complex at Viewfield, Overstenton Park. Building is very poor condition adjacent to Michael Woods Sports Centre.

254 High Street, Leslie. Building in very poor state of repair.

Glenwood Shopping Centre. Precinct becoming run down.