Iconic building set to put Cupar on the tourism map

The pink Burgh Chambers stand out.
The pink Burgh Chambers stand out.

Cupar’s Burgh Chambers is set to put the town on the map as a tourist destination after it was agreed it should be turned into a holiday let.

Members of Cupar Community Council this week gave their backing to a proposal by Fife Historic Buildings Trust to give the iconic pink building a new lease of life.

It would be the Trust’s second historic Fife building to be transformed in this way, the first being the former Town Hall in Kinghorn.

The transformation would be carried out over the next two years as part of a £1.5 million package of town centre improvements under the CARS initiative - Cupar Area Regeneration Scheme - which is run by the Trust in conjunction with Fife Council.

The idea of turning the building into a holiday let was one of three options considered , the others being office space or mid-market housing.

Lorraine Bell of Fife Historic Buildings Trust told the Community Council that the holiday let plan was the preferred option as it had potential to generate income as well as bring something different to the town.

“It’s a landmark property that promotes itself and shows that Cupar is open for business as a holiday destination,” said Ms Bell.

“It has real potential to bring something new to the town and there is also some opportunity for community use.

“We don’t know yet who would run it but it would make sense for someone local to do it.

“The Council would be looking for a small rental from the building and any profit would go back into the Common Good Fund, which owns it.

“The day-to-day running and management of the building would also ideally be carried out locally.”

Ms Bell said that one of the most challenging aspects of trying to find a good use for the building was its steep staircase.

She said they would remain in place as they were part of the character of the building but it would not be possible to provide disabled access.