New look signalled on future of viaduct

Largo viaduct
Largo viaduct
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THE future of a towering local landmark could have a new long-term direction, once a Fife Council decision is on track.

Largo rail viaduct, out of use since 1965 but still a visually powerful village symbol, has been declared “surplus to operational requirements” by a local authority committee.

Around 40 other non-operational land and property assets across Fife are no longer “core” to the needs of enterprise, planning and protective services.

The environment, enterprise and transportation committee heard last week that some may have value on the open market but many could still be of interest to other council services, so may be retained within the authority’s ownership.

Councillors suggested clear process should be in place for disposing of land, where agreed, and care should be taken in cases where other groups already had an interest.

Chairman Councillor Tony Martin stressed it was not simply a case of the council getting rid of assets, while the land and properties may have other viable use.

Any change regarding the B-listed viaduct, owned by Fife Council, is unlikely soon, with the whole process at a very early stage.

Jim McLeish, departmental service manager in regeneration, environment and place enterprise, said other services may be asked if they had need for the viaduct, or it could eventually be put on the market.

Community groups could have the chance to take over some of the other facilities, he added.

Other local sites ‘surplus to requirements’ included the nature reserve at the former Gillingshill reservoir near Anstruther, a park and playing field at the Kilminning recreation area in Crail, and amenity ground at Aberhill bridge in Methil.

Additionally, pockets of land behind the Levenmouth Waste Water Treatment Works and off Wellesley Road in Methil, plus ground near the Station Road industrial estate in Anstruther, are on a list in which the council’s housing and community services departments have expressed an interest.

Rail services used the Largo bridge from 1857, when it initially served the Leven and Kilconquhar railway, then Leven and Anstruther from 1873, before the section of track from Anstruther round the Fife coast to St Andrews was finished in 1883.