Fife Council has been awarded £300,000 of funding from the Coastal Communities Fund (CCF), delivered by The Big Lottery Fund, to boost economic growth and create more jobs in and around Kincardine.
This funding will support a new wave of action focused on diversifying the local economy in the coastal communities of Kincardine, Culross, Valleyfield, Newmills and Torryburn. The project will create modern business infrastructure encouraging new, innovative enterprises to serve an area with a strong tradition of industry.
The project, ‘Discovering Fife Forth - Connecting Coast, Heritage and History’, will develop opportunities for business growth and job creation along the Forth coast by creating new light industrial workshops in the Kincardine area, attract more visitors by enhancing the facilities at Devilla Forest and the Fife Coastal Path, and deliver town centre improvements.
Altany Craik, Convener of the Economy, Tourism, Strategic Planning & Transportation Committee, Fife Council, said: “We are delighted to receive this funding that will further support us to make Fife a great place to live, work, visit and invest in by boosting our local economy. These latest projects support the delivery of the Longannet Task Force action plan, a multi-agency response to mitigate the economic impacts of closing Longannet Power Station.
“The industrial estate regeneration is part of our drive to re-establish Kincardine as a coastal service centre, tapping into its significant potential, and recognising the town's strategic location on the Forth, as well as supporting the regeneration of South West Fife communities. It also recognises the area’s potential to attract more visitors to enjoy its coastal and woodland areas.
“This funding will enhance existing workplaces on the Fife Forth coast, and promote links between Devilla Forest and Fife Coastal Path, working in partnership with Forest Enterprise Scotland and the Fife Coast and Countryside Trust.”
Stuart Chalmers, Forest District Manager, Forest Enterprise Scotland, said: “We are excited to be part of this wider project, which will help in our aspirations to make Devilla Forest a key community and visitor destination”.
The key projects that form the ‘Discovering Fife Forth - Connecting Coast, Heritage and History’ initiative are:
Industrial Estate Regeneration (South West Fife coast)
Additional business and light industrial workshop space in Kincardine and West Fife is set to enhance job opportunities provide much-needed premises for a range of existing businesses and start-ups. This will reduce the need to travel outwith the local area for work.
Kincardine Town Centre Improvements
Developments to enhance the town centre include upgrading and painting shopfronts to help bring vacant shops back into use, as well as new community planters and seating. Tourist interpretation boards to signpost visitors and describe the area’s heritage will be installed.
The recent “Go Forth Kincardine” charrette has captured ideas from local people on how the town centre can be improved. These ideas will shape the focus of this work, which can get under way quickly to improve the attractiveness of the town and increase footfall, safeguarding retail jobs.
Environmental improvement and enhancement along the Fife Forth Coast
Access to the Coastal Path will be improved, and a new cycling and walking shelter will be created at the entrance in Kincardine to Devilla Forest. Improvements to the path will be accompanied by interpretation boards and maps signing Devilla Forest and both the Fife Coastal Path and Pilgrims Way links.