55 new jobs in multi-million £ plan for new service station on M90

Kelty's local economy could be in for a million-pound boost if plans for a new service station next to the former Baxters store are approved by Fife Council.

Friday, 30th April 2021, 5:12 pm
Updated Friday, 30th April 2021, 5:12 pm

TG Convenience Stores Ltd's plans include an eight-pump petrol station, jet wash, HGV fuel points/parking and a McDonald's drive-thru restaurant on the site to the west of Junction 4 of the motorway, north of Dunfermline.

No demolition of the former Baxters shop is proposed, with the new facilities being built immediately north of the existing farm buildings, replacing some extant parking spaces.

Baxter's opened their restaurant at Kathellan, Home Farm in 2008 and closed it around 10 years later.

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A planning statement, prepared by agents Graham and Sibbald, has made the economic case for bringing the site back into use, pledging to create the equivalent of 55 full-time jobs as a mix of full and part-time roles across the filling station and Happy Meal-touting eatery. That could, in theory, bring an extra £1 million into the local economy.

The agents noted: "The development will bring the site back into active economic use and make [a] positive contribution to the local economy by bringing jobs and restoring the passing trade that has been absent since the Baxters’ facility closed."

Baxters does not play into TG's plans for the site.

Instead, the firm hopes its service station will act as a "catalyst" to attract a new operator for the former factory shop, further contributing to the local economy.

Thousands of cars are expected to use the facility every day, including locals visiting the fast food restaurant, and it would open 24 hours a day if approved.

A new right turn from the B914 is proposed for eastbound traffic into the services, in response to an anticipated rise in demand for access.

McDonald's has also pledged to be a good neighbour to Kelty, committing to tackling anti-social behaviour and littering as part of its 24/7 operation.

TG Developments Ltd filling station magnates Graham Peacock and Susan Tobbell, who have operated service stops in the UK for decades.

Fife Council has confirmed receipt of the application, on which a decision is expected sometime in the summer.

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