Plans to relaunch Burntisland Burgh Chambers among projects proposed for UK government funding offer

A plan to revive Burntisland Burgh Chambers could be part of the UK government’s money offerings in the next round of the Upgrade Fund.

At a recent meeting of the Fife Council Policy and Coordination Committee, councilors approved a report recommending that the two projects, as well as the Cowdenbeath Townhouse, be included in a bid for the constituency of Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath for the next stage of leveling funding.

The UK government has allocated at least £ 800million in capital funding to Scotland over the next four years.

In order to receive a share of this money, projects carried out by local authorities must meet certain criteria and correspond to specific themes.

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The themes currently supported in the funding process are transport, downtown regeneration and cultural and heritage assets, all with the aim of increasing economic activity and prosperity.

The committee has been asked to endorse the council officers’ recommendations for ‘off the shelf’ projects in the UK’s Westminster constituency which should be worked on and submitted for consideration when the next round of drafts opens. financing offers – the exact timing is not yet known.

The initial offers are for the regeneration of downtown Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath; Dunfermline and South Fife and Glenrothes, while in North East Fife the theme is culture-driven regeneration through three community projects.

Fife Council’s transport offering focuses on improving climate resilience, in particular flood prevention.

Local projects included in the bids include Burntisland Burgh Chambers.

Burntisland Heritage Trust (BHT), which recently took over the multi-million pound plans developed by the Burntisland Community Council, is excited to hear about the funding offer.

The project will see the beloved building brought back to life, providing flexible space for new businesses while retaining community use and a home for the city’s many artifacts.

The proposals will see the building taken over by BHT on behalf of the city while the Fife Council will be the body responsible for funding.

Speaking after the meeting, Gordon Langlands, Burntisland City Councilor, said: “This is the culmination of ten years of work by a small group of volunteers from Burntisland who came up with a business plan and designs. for the old board office, the heritage trust, the abandoned outbuildings, the board room. and the sheriff’s court as well as the clockmaker.

“This redevelopment could reinvigorate downtown Burntisland by providing small business units and jobs to the west end of High Street, which would help maintain this historic building for future generations.

“There is still a lot of work to do, but it’s great to see this project on the shortlist and to have Burntisland Heritage Trust in mind.”

George McLauchlan, Trustee of the Burntisland Heritage Trust, added: “I am delighted that Fife Council recognizes the enormous benefits of the proposal for both the High Street and the city at large.

“It is an exciting time and we need to get the whole city involved behind it and give it an extra boost to ensure that the central government finds the funds to make our dream come true.”

Council officers will now work on submissions for projects included in the committee’s report to prepare them for the opening of the next round of funding.

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