Silverburn plan approved by councillors

Silverburn Park
Silverburn Park

Fife Employment Access Trust’s business plan for Silverburn Park has been given the thumbs up by local councillors.

It was approved by elected members at the area committee meeting and will now go before the executive committee for full ratification.

If members approve plans the Council will make the neccessary legal arrangements to allow full or phased transfer of responsibility for the park to FEAT.

The plan drawn up FEAT - which was given exclusivity to develop the once vibrant parK - includes a hostel, camping area and cafe.

Cllr David Graham, vice chairman of Levenmouth area committee, said: “ This is an exciting time for everyone who wants to see Silverburn becoming an active hub for the community and a catalyst for new enterprise initiatives.

“The plans include maintaining and improving the woodlands and gardens and restoring the historic flax mill. In addition FEAT will develop facilities to attract visitors and promote health and wellbeing.”

The Silverburn Estate was gifted to the town council in 1973 by the Russell family on condition that it should remain forever as a quiet area used for the benefit of the public in general and the people of Leven in particular.

Over the next two years FEAT aims to demonstrate that it can generate enough income from activities in the park to achieve financial viability, and in that time, the parkland will be significantly improved, temporary facilities put in place and permenant plans drawn up.