DEMOLITION has started at a Cardenden farm in order to make way for a gospel church.
Work has begun to clear the land at Dothan Farm after Kirkcaldy Gospel Trust was given the go-ahead in February for plans for a purpose-built building for religious meetings.
The Trust sold off its previous building, at the back of Kirkcaldy train station, to Aldi supermarket.
It is thought the new building will be finished and ready to use by the end of the year, when it will be used to hold services and meetings, bringing in around 200 people every Sunday, and up to 1200 on special occasions.
Cardenden community council lodged objections to the church because it had been given an ‘agricultural look’ to avoid getting special permission to build on countryside land. It was also concerned about congestion on an already busy road.
The Gospel Trust moved to alleviate fears over congestion, confirming there would be no more than 100 people at the centre on a week day and no more than 200 on a regular Sunday.
It confirmed there would be around 600 people on special occasions, with that number doubling twice a year for specific events.
Wait and see
David Taylor, secretary of the community council, said: “Now that it has been given the go-ahead, we just have to wait and see what comes of it. There will be a lot of people accessing the building so that is still a worry, but it will be better than the derelict buildings that were on the site before.”
Despite the building being given the go-ahead, access plans are still not fully determined.
Kirkcaldy Gospel Trust’s representative David Wardrope, of Montgomery Forgan Associates, said the Trust is hopeful that an agreement will be made soon on the outstanding issues of access, but added that these decisions are not vital to work beginning on the site.