April 2017 Update

The four months since our Public Meeting in Carnegie Leisure Centre (Dec 2016) have flown past and we thought it was time to give our supporters an update!

Pilmuir Works sale

The Pilmuir Works site sale went to closing in March and is now under offer. Due to commercial confidentiality, we do not know anything about the developer or their plans. The developer is talking to Fife Council; Robin Presswood (Head of Economy, Planning and Employability Services) has said that their ideas are exciting. We will be delighted with any positive change and are keen to be a link between the developer and the community.

What have we learned?

Dunfermline has many people enthusiastic to make it a better place for all to live and work. Our active group expanded to 20 after the Public Meeting and our petition expanded to over 650 signatures.

We had a site visit which both inspired us with the potential…

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…and showed us how much work would be needed.

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We met with government sponsored groups for advice, including the Scottish Land Fund, and now understand much more about the types of funding available and how to go about accessing it. Our priority evolved to applying for funding to support feasibility work to help us select the best of the many ideas that had been put forward. This is now on hold due to the purchase of the building.

What next?

The purchase of the Pilmuir Works site has not damped our enthusiasm. We want to make the centre of Dunfermline more vibrant – a place we can all be proud of. We are now following a two-pronged approach. We are keen to work with the Pilmuir Works developer to understand what opportunities there are to be involved and potentially to use a part of the site for community benefit. In parallel, we are exploring other opportunities in the town and are renaming ourselves Friends of Dunfermline to match our expanded scope.


Summary of Progress

dsc_4024We have just done a review of progress made since we set up Friends of Pilmuir Works.  

Although we still have a very long way to go, we have done quite a lot.

In summary:

  • July 2016
    OurLand Festival Fife had its finale in Dunfermline and the issue of the derelict Pilmuir Works was raised in discussion.
  • August 2016
    The owner of Pilmuir Works went into administration.
  • September 2016
    Friends of Pilmuir Works was set up by group of concerned local people. A Facebook page and website were created to reach out to the wider community. We made contact with various experts and bodies to begin to develop ideas and plans.
  • November 2016
    Friends of Pilmuir Works was formally constituted. Plans for public meeting were initiated with flyers and posters as well as online promotion.
  • December 2016
    Public meeting with over 80 in attendance. FoPW speakers and guest experts initiated discussion around options and examples.  Thereafter followed an ideas gathering session with high levels of engagement by the audience in both.
  • January 2017
    Planning meeting saw our activist base double and new sub-groups set up to deal with: (1) Funding & Legal, (2) Needs & Ideas, (3) Petitioning and (4) Communications. A site visit allowed us to see Pilmuir Works in great detail and better understand both the levels of dereliction and potential for different areas.  Fundraising activities were initiated.
  • February 2017
    Development of funding applications have been progressed. There have been further contact and meetings with advisers, agencies and others to further advance our plans.