No plans to sell off ‘Greig’

Greig Institute
Greig Institute

Fife Council has quashed rumours that one of Leven’s oldest buildings is to be sold off.

Rumours had circulated that the local authority was planning to sell off the Greig Institute which sits on South Street behind the High Street.

The building, which is 140 years old, has lain empty since 2012 after Council workers were redeployed elsewhere.

Dave Paterson, locality officer for Levenmouth, told the Mail on Friday that rather than selling the category B listed building, the Council is actually looking for a new tenant to take it on.

“We are actively looking for another use for the building and are interested in getting another tenant in there which would create rental income,” said Mr Paterson. “We would welcome anyone who is interested to get in touch.”

If it was to be sold, any remaining monies would go to the Leven Common Good Fund, but Mr Paterson said it wasn’t a simple process.

“Sale of any common good asset requires permission through the courts, so it’s not as simple as just putting it up for sale.”

The institute was completed in 1874, two years after building work started.

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.