Let’s find new ideas to fill the Greig

Greig Institute
Greig Institute

Leven Community Council has issued an appeal to find new uses for Greig Institute after plans to dispose of the building emerged.

It wants round-the-table talks to come up with new ideas for the historic landmark which has been empty for 18 months.

Just weeks ago the Council said it was looking for new tentants, but an email seen by the Mail reveals it is now earmarked for disposal - and the administrative process has begun.

But because it is a Leven Common Good Fund owned asset, the sale must first be approved by the Levenmouth Area Committee and the Sheriff Court.

Discussing the issue at last week’s Leven Community Council meeting, many members were keen to see the building retained.

They have made a call to the Council to re-think its decision.

Eddie Young, council treasurer, said: “The Greig belongs to Leven.”

Mr Young noted that funding of nearly £300,000 from the Coastal Communities Fund to renovate the former Adam Smith home into a visitors centre had just been approved in Kircaldy, while in Dunfermline, the Council had approved funding worth £170,000 for a new ‘art for the people’ project in the former Fire Station.

“What’s wrong with Leven? They always want to sell things here,” Mr Young added.

“Why can’t we do things like the art gallery here at the Greig Institute?”

Mr Young said he would like to organise a meeting of the community council committee and Fife Council to open the Greig up and see what potential lies within.

His sentiments were echoed by secretary Glenn Allan, who said: “We need to open it up to the public and see what they would like to do with it.

“The community council would be very reluctant to see this building go.”

Dave Paterson, locality officer for Levenmouth, said an update had been issued on the Greig, and at the moment, the Council are exploring the use of the Greig Institute by a number of 3rd Sector agencies.

He added: “The discussions are at an early stage, and we will be building a case for the use of the building around a co -location of support services.”

Councillor David Alexander said the recommendation for disposal was simply in line with Fife Council’s current plans to get rid of a number of it’s buildings.

“The property department is shedding buildings. There have been groups who have approached the Council to use it, but it would be a big committment.”

The Greig Institute is a catergory B listed building, and has stood in the town since it was completed in 1874.

Named after the man who donated the land, Mr Thomas Greig of Glencarse, it has housed a library, museum and tourism office, which closed in 1995.