Travellers’ convoy parked at river bank

Vehicles pitched up over the weekend
Vehicles pitched up over the weekend

AN apparent fleet of travellers’ vehicles pitched up over the weekend in Leven – right in the middle of land which could be vital to the town’s long-term prosperity.

The convoy of around 15 caravans and transit vehicles appeared on ground at the north bank of the River Leven, near the town’s swimming pool and sports centre.

The land could be crucial to plans discussed over recent weeks in the Leven charette – community input into ideas for the future development of the town – which aims to transform the area around the Bawbee Brig.

The site is owned by Fife Council but leased to Fife Sports and Leisure Trust, and a Trust spokesman said as the Mail went to press that talks were due yesterday (Tuesday) between leisure bosses and other council officials on how best to take the matter forward.

Fife Council operated a non-harassment policy towards travelling people, so it was possible that specialist officers may make a visit to advise and assist the group, another manager told the Mail.

Nick Wright, of Planning Aid Scotland, which led the recent community presentations, said it was a council matter now but agreed: “I would advocate working with them (the travellers) and having a chat with them.”

Mr Wright said the area in question could be earmarked for a town park which, if it came off, could be a “critical connection” between the former power station site and developments in the town centre.