Ruth’s support for Homelands project

Members of the Homelands Trust-Fife welcomed Ruth Davidson, Scottish Conservative leader and former Lundin Links resident, to a special seminar on Monday.

Ms Davidson, visiting in an unofficial capacity outwith the political party, met with trustees and other partners, giving a rousing speech pledging her support for the project.

Ruth Davidson

Ruth Davidson

Many years in the making after the death of Miss Isobel Paxton, who owned the land just off Leven Road, work on the Homelands site, which will include four holiday cottages and a drop in centre, 
began last July.

Monday’s seminar was organised by trustees of the Homelands Trust as a way to engage with a number of other organisations and individuals interested in working together to develop services for the drop in centre.

Ms Davidson, who moved to the village as a youngster, said she was absolutely delighted to help in any way she could.

Speaking about growing up in the village, she said: “This has been the most warm and safe place and I am proud to have grown up here.”

Ms Davidson said the new facilities were ideally located, just 400 yards from the beach and right next to park land too, and said she had often played in the grounds as a child.

“Even though Miss Paxton was very elderly when I was growing up, she really liked to see people enjoying her grounds,” she said.

The former Buckhaven pupil praised the trustees for their work in bringing the plans to fruition.

“I can’t do anything but praise the hard work and the tenacity of the Homelands trustees to make this happen because it’s been a long project, but Miss Paxton really wanted people with neurological issues to be able to come for care, respite and treatment and we’ll see this happen in summer.

“It’s very exciting for Lundin Links and for people who remember Miss Paxton and want to see her wishes fulfilled and genuinely, this is going to be the premier standard bearer in Scotland for the sort of thing that it does.. so where Fife leads, I hope the rest of Scotland will follow.”

Mike Teevan, Homelands trustee, and Dr Larry Rolland, architect, thanked Ms Davidson - a former reporter for the Glenrothes Gazette - for coming to the meeting, with Dr Rolland telling her: “It is tremendously important to have you on board.”

Mike added: “It is hoped that the facility will be handed over in June and it looks fantastic, it really does.”

The drop in centre, to be named the Paxton Centre, will offer a range of services to those affected by a disability, long-term condition or life-limiting illness, while the four, purpose built cottages have been specifically designed to meet the access needs of disabled people.