New homes must be our priority

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BUCKHAVEN remains in dire need of new housing, a local councillor has claimed.

Speaking at Wednesday’s meeting of the Levenmouth area committee at Carberry House, Leven, Councillor Andrew Rodger voiced his opposition to Fife Council hopes to create a low carbon investment park on the former Diosynth plant.

The current owners of the land want to build a residential area and received 240 notes of interest for their proposed 64-home project – which would include a care home, at Percival Road – from interested East Fife Mail readers recently.

Before the item was raised, which was part of a larger general discussion on the Fife Energy Park, the council had to amend its agenda when it wrongly stated it was in discussions with the Diosynth site owners about taking over the site.

Cllr Rodger said: “Everybody wants investment but what I find staggering is we’re living in an area desperate for housing.

“One of the problems we had with Diosynth was the level of noise but that’s gone now.

“We’re sitting with this area while there are 2000 people on housing lists - we need to release people into the private sector.

“Buckhaven is starved of housing and the Energy Park can take care of itself.

“We’re going down the wrong road here.”

A spokesperson for the Diosynth plant land owner, Janette Penman, told the Mail that creating the homes was still top of the agenda.

She said: “We do feel strongly that the past problems with industrial use and noise and pollution was a very real issue to the residents of nearby homes, and this is why they are supporting our campaign.

“Our proposals are on the table now for the community to have - not five to 10 years away.”