Long-term vision set out for Levenmouth’s ongoing regeneration

Cllr David Alexander
Cllr David Alexander

An ambitious plan to help regenerate Levenmouth’s towns and villages by 2021 has been unveiled.

Fife Council’s Levenmouth Area Economic Regeneration Action Plan sets out specific improvement measures over the short, medium and long term which will make the area a better place to live, work and visit, by hopefully boosting employment and tourism rates.

The short-term measures, expected to take up to two years to complete, include bringing vacant premises in Leven, Methil and Buckhaven back into productive use, as well as the introduction of a shop front improvement project in Leven town centre.

Medium-term projects, expected to take around five years, involve a Leven Valley regeneration plan and a waterfront development project at Methil docks.

The reintroduction of the Leven to Thornton rail link is still considered a viable 10-year long-term option, according to the plan.

Councillor Charles Haffey said: “It’s time now for a bit of action to put some meat on the bones and do some of the things people have been talking about for years.

“We don’t want to be looking back in 20 years and seeing that the power station site is undeveloped; we need to grab the bull by the horns.”

An initial budget has been put together for the short term projects with the Big Lottery, Central Scotland Green Network, Scottish Enterprise Transfer Fund and other European funds expected to be asked for to help with major projects.

Introducing the plan to councillors at Wednesday’s Levenmouth area committee meeting, town centre economic advisor, Chris Wragg, said the plan was part of a regeneration jigsaw in Levenmouth which also includes Fife Energy Park and Diageo.

Councillor David Alexander, pictured right, added: “When you look at the potential we have at Silverburn, the potential we have with housing, the potential we have with the power station coming down, the potential with Diageo, then you can see that we’re moving in the right direction.

“The fact we now have companies like Tesco wanting to come to Levenmouth says something.

“If we can get companies like Tesco here and also the rail link, then we have a massive opportunity.”

The projects are being planned and the council expects to start delivering these this year.