Homelands health project finally begins

Artist's image of the Homelands cottage
Artist's image of the Homelands cottage

A PROJECT in development for around two decades, marred by controversial delays along the way, is at last about to be realised.

Work is soon to begin on the Homelands venture, providing accommodation in Lundin Links for long-term health care.

Homelands, a large house with extensive grounds, was left, along with a substantial sum of money by local woman, Isobel Paxton, to the Fife branch of the MS Society.

She wanted the property to be used for the benefit of MS sufferers in Fife.

Now, 20 years after her death, the first turf is to be cut in a July 5 ceremony by Sir Menzies Campbell MP, who has agreed to be the Homelands Trust-Fife patron.

It is hoped the project will be finished and ready for opening by August or September 2014.

Legal delays and differences of opinion over the use of the land, and the money, provoked some anger locally over the years.

But now, four luxury, purpose-built, wheelchair-accessible, self-catering cottages, specially designed to meet the needs of people with a range of disabilities and long-term health conditions, are to be built in mature woodlands at the south end of Miss Paxton’s former home.

A Trust spokesman said: “A lot of water has gone under the bridge since Miss Paxton’s death. Many changes have occurred, both in terms of the vision for fulfilling the lady’s wishes and in the personnel involved in bringing her dream to fruition.

“Finally, the long-awaited project is about to take shape.”

The current board of trustees has been working with award-winning architect firm, James F. Stephen of Glamis, and its client representative, retired local architect Dr Larry Rolland. The new plans were recently approved by Fife Council’s planning department.