We need tourism more than a crematorium...

3D visual of possible crematorium proposal at Silverburn flaxmill
3D visual of possible crematorium proposal at Silverburn flaxmill
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A BEREAVEMENT facility at Silverburn strikes some local people as a good idea – but others would prefer to see a tourist attraction.

Last week, the Mail reported on the hopes of a Leven businessman to provide a single-stop bereavement services centre at the Leven park, under Fife Council’s plans to lease sections of land for private investment.

A crematorium and a range of associated facilities has been suggested by the businessman – who also hopes to provide cemeteries if his idea is approved.

The total cost would be nearly £1 million, he said, but the entire project would be self-financing.

So far, no decisions have been made, with the council yet to hold talks with the interested applicants.

Readers on the Mail’s Facebook page said a cemetery for the town was needed, with Scoonie being virtually at capacity, and Silverburn was a “very beautiful, relaxing and peaceful place” for a bereavement services venture.

However, some said a visitor attraction was perhaps more preferable, with its benefits to the local economy.

Mary Cairns said: “My husband is 81, born and bred Leven man, and wants to be buried in Scoonie, but it’s full.

“This would be an attractive place to lay our loved ones to rest and visit their resting place. We would prefer a cemetery to a crematorium – but that would be useful service to the community also.”

Claire Seath added: “It is needed in the area but I believe something better can be put in use at Silverburn.

“Leven is crying out for things to do for all ages. The only good thing in Leven at the moment is The Regent and we are at risk of losing that.

“Leven needs something to pull people in, not to get rid of them.”

The developer said he was looking at two areas – the fields entering Silverburn from Leven Road and Scoonie golf course – for the graveyards.

If possible, he would aim to lease and renovate the derelict Corriemar House, empty since 1985, and the duck pond, with funds released from the sale of cemetery burial plots.