Lumphinnans residents joined with their local MSP this week in a meeting with council officials to discuss the progress of the new care home development planned for the village and heard that the £11 million project was on schedule to start in the spring of next years.
Tenants of the lockup garages who had been concerned that the current site was needed for the care village and there was no plan to replace these were given assurances that plans for replacement lockups were now in place. Council officials outlined the detailed design plans showing where the 60 bed care home to be run by the council will be situated along with car parking, day care facilities including a specific day care centre and 30 housing units for older people.
Cowdenbeath MSP Alex Rowley said he had asked for the meeting with council officials as there was local concern on a number of issues, he said; “This is going to be a great facility and a much needed replacement for the care homes the council currently run in Cowdenbeath and Lochgelly. I am delighted with the progress being made and I was keen to emphasise the need to involved and engage with the local community as this project develops. The council has said it would be up for creating a community liaison group as we get closer to the start date and this is to be welcomed. The plans also include community facilities for older people and I hope the wider community will also be involved in this creating a great facility. Fife Council are to be congratulated for having the vision and drive to create these new facilities which will be an example of good practice for the whole of Scotland”.
Local residents also welcomed the meeting saying it will be important as the project progresses that the council involve the local community and said they were pleased Alex had set the meeting up so they could seek reassurance on the lockups and see where the design plans are at. Those attending the meeting expressed the view that the care village will be great not just for Lumphinnans but for the whole of the Cowdenebath area and said they were looking forward to working with council to ensure that the care village is very much part of Lumphinnans village.