We are delighted that the Tayport Community Hub was one of 24 projects selected from across Scotland to receive a share in the £26 million Regeneration Capital Grant Fund announced yesterday. Our environmental team have been busy throughout 2017 enabling the development plans by completing environmental remediation works at the site.
The former Abertay Works land had been subject to contaminative use by former foundry and steel fabrication works and had lain derelict for a substantial number of years. Ownership of the land was transferred from Fife Council to Tayport Community Trust. Planning for the Community Hub (pictured above) and the adjacent half of the site, where a Community campsite is planned, was well underway when issues with land contamination arose. The Trust engaged Millard early in 2017 to provide environmental advice and help pave the way for construction of the Community development project.
Developments on brownfield land can often become bogged down and crippled by the cost of overcoming problems with land contamination. It was a clear objective for Millard from the outset of our involvement to maintain momentum on enabling the approvals process. This required pragmatic and cost-efficient management of contamination to win a clear path through to the Hub development works. Throughout the year this has involved much liaison with Fife Council, reviewing and revising risk assessments and demonstrating a viable remedial strategy to comply with planning conditions. This process is now reaching conclusion, following successfully securing Derelict Land Fund grant assistance and the specification and supervision of remedial groundworks, which were undertaken at the turn of the year. The site has been almost completely transformed and we are putting together the finishing touches in readiness for the Community Hub construction team to take over the site later this year.
It brings a great sense of satisfaction to have played a part in assisting this community development project and it has been a pleasure to work with the Trustees. Considering the amount of voluntary time put in by Tayport Community Trust, receiving the £500k funding is fantastic news, putting in place the final piece to enable the Hub project through to construction.
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