Fife getting its hands on part of a £10.7 million pot to tackle the blight of derelict land has been hailed as “great news”.
Making the case for Fife paid off in July with news that from next year, it will benefit to the tune of £1.32 million from the Scottish Government’s Vacant and Derelict Land Fund for the first time.
Fife Council’s executive committee was told the kingdom has previously been excluded from the fund, worth £10.7m for 2015-16, despite having the fourth largest area of vacant and derelict land in Scotland.
Fife’s spokesperson for economy and planning, Lesley Laird, said council lobbying had achieved results.
She said it was “great news” for Fife as the council now look at the best way in which to use the money.
In the summer, community councils were asked to identify sites in their area.
Ms Laird said this work is key to helping the council’s bid.
The council also wanted to ensure communities were involved in helping to give local knowledge.
Since the Scottish Government fund was introduced in 2004, an estimated £96.6 million has been allocated but only five councils were eligible to apply for funding.
The 2013 Scottish Vacant and Derelict Land Survey published in February this year showed 199 sites in Fife are classed as either vacant or derelict.