No early end in sight to wait at Tassie

Scene of the former Silver Tassie pub, Linnwood Drive, Leven
Scene of the former Silver Tassie pub, Linnwood Drive, Leven

Concerned Broom estate residents may have to wait until next year to see any development on the site of the former Silver Tassie.

Four years on from a fire which destroyed the well-known Leven pub, the area is overgrown, unsightly, and the target of concern from nearby residents.

Applicant EQ Melville Properties, which includes Kingdom Taverns and is part of the Dean Entertainments group, has permission in principle to build flats and associated car parking at the location – but the firm said it could be next year before a start is made. Residents in Linnwood Drive and neighbouring Leargan began a petition, which attracted around 380 signatures, as they were apprehensive about the eyesore the site had become and matters of general safety.

They had halted the petition after hearing there were plans to build on the site – but there were concerns over how much longer it would take , as well as arrangements for car parking, with the area already fairly busy with traffic on a regular basis.

The Melville firm was granted planning permission in principle by Fife Council earlier this year for the erection of six flats, formation of vehicular access and associated car parking.

“My main concern is how long they are going to take before they start building it?” said one householder.

Dean Melville, of Dean Entertainments Ltd, told the Mail it would probably be into 2016 before the firm could make a start on its property plan for the old Silver Tassie.

While he appreciated there had been a long delay, he said it was a matter of priorities, and the Melville companies, which had various interests, were involved in a lot of other projects.

Timing and cash flow were other factors which dictated things, he said, adding: “You would like to do things a lot quicker but it doesn’t always happen.”

The Silver Tassie was one of Leven’s best known pubs for many years but had lain derelict for over a year before the fire in June 2011. The blaze occurred just 10 days before the building was due to be auctioned off at a public event in Glasgow, with a listed price of around £70,000. Five fire engines and around 30 firefighters attended at the height of the fire, with crews on the scene for around nine hours.