Old burgh chambers could soon be back in the pink

The distinctive pink Burgh Chambers stands out in this aerial photo by Dave Scott
The distinctive pink Burgh Chambers stands out in this aerial photo by Dave Scott

One of Cupar’s most historic buildings could be set for a new lease of life as a holiday let as part of a £1.5 million package of town centre improvements.

Members of the public are being invited to have their say on the future of the former Burgh Chambers before an official consultation begins on October 6.

The distinctive pink building, which is on the ‘at risk’ register, has been earmarked for improvements under the CARS initiative - Cupar Area Regeneration Scheme - being run by Fife Historic Buildings Trust in conjunction with Fife Council.

The Trust and the council have been working together to identify new uses for the empty building and have come up with three options - office space, mid-market housing or holiday let.

“We will begin a formal consultation on these proposals on October 6, with presentations to the Community Council at the end of October and the north east Fife area committee hopefully in November,” explained Councillor Lesley Laird, depute leader of Fife Council and spokesperson for economy and planning.

“But before the proposals are finalised, we want to bring the local community up to date, and give them the chance to have their say.

“With three options on the table there is certainly something for people to think about.

“The holiday let option is an interesting one, which was put forward by a number of local people and would certainly bring a new facility to Cupar and contribute to the economic and social life of the town.”

The team is due to meet again this Tuesday, September 29, and is keen to hear what residents think of the proposals before the formal consultation.

To find out more or to give feedback on the proposals, contact Fife Historic Buildings Trust by emailing fiona@fifehistoricbuildings.org.uk or calling 01592 890060.

The Burgh Chambers, which dates back to around 1815, is owned by the Common Good Fund.

Last March, the Heritage Lottery Fund confirmed an award of £550,000 towards an Townscape Heritage Initiative for Cupar on top of the £1 million award from Historic Scotland towards the CARS scheme.

The money will be spent on revitalising buildings and closes in the town centre.