Wednesday, July 04, 2007

Newburgh Waterfront North Fife

Newburgh Waterfront North Fife
A MAJOR project to honour Newburgh's history is one step closer with news the community has bought two sections of the River Tay waterfront.
Newburgh Community Trust achieved the £35,000 purchase deal under the Land Reform Act's right to buy legislation, one of the first such deals in the east of Scotland.
Trust chair Councillor Andrew Arbuckle said one of the sections included three now disused piers.
Owning this area would allow the community to repair the existing sea walls and then improve a footpath alongside the river.
The trust would work alongside Tay Salmon Fisheries chair David Clarke to develop the other section, known locally as Robertson's pier.
Mr Clarke said a comprehensive plan for the development would now be designed, with the goal of a planning application submitted in October and a start in spring 2008.
The proposal could include a restaurant, cafe, toilets and a heritage centre that remembered Newburgh's once-thriving waterfront industry.
Mr Clarke, who is also behind plans for river taxis between Newburgh and Perth, said the development would become a destination point for both boats and cars.
Councillor Arbuckle said the waterfront purchase had been a lengthy saga, but the people of Newburgh wanted to be able to decide on what happened along the river front.

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