Approval of the Transfer of the former Abertay Works site
Released 29 October 2015
Further to the decision this week at the Fife Council Executive Committee (see council report here), please see below a brief statement from Tayport Community Trust.
Tayport Community Trust is really pleased to have received the approval today from Fife Council to begin the process of transferring ownership of the former Abertay Works site at a discounted price. This will enable a piece of land that has fallen into increasing state of dereliction over the last 20 years to be regenerated and developed over the next few years into a vibrant and sustainable resource for the local community and visitors to the area. Trustees wish to thank Fife Council for their support and for the recognition of the serious potential of the Community Hub plans.
Having ownership of the site will provide a valuable trigger for potential funders in order that the Community Trust can generate the levels of funding required for this development. Trustees are continuing to work closely with their Design Team to ensure that the first phase is affordable and sustainable whilst delivering what is needed for the local community. The building will be designed to allow it to grow over the years as funding and self-generated surplus is available.
This positive step is a huge milestone in a project that has been at the heart of local people for many years and represents the faithful diligence of trustees in continuing to move this forward. There are still many hurdles to be overcome including securing all the necessary funding and investment plus obtaining planning permission. The Trust can celebrate this positive development now, but with the continuing support of the local community, Fife Council, and countless other organisations and individuals who have pledged support, will not rest until the Community Hub is open for business.
See also this coverage from The Courier.