Plaque marks Burntisland as Fife's favourite conservation area

Archived news: published on Wednesday 10 Oct 2018 by Fife Council

Provost unveils plaque in Burntisland

Provost unveils plaque in Burntisland

Burntisland community turns out for plaque unveiling

Burntisland community turns out for plaque unveiling

Provost Jim Leishman today (Wednesday 10 October) unveiled a new plaque marking Burntisland as Fife’s favourite conservation area.

Almost 2,000 people took part in the vote, which was organised by Fife Council’s built heritage officer Fiona Fisher, to see the town win this prestigious title.

Commenting, Provost Jim Leishman, said: “I’m pleased to be unveiling this plaque today. There are 48 conservation areas in Fife which reflects the rich built heritage we have in our Kingdom. These beautiful, interesting and historic places contribute to our economy, environment, and arguably, to our wellbeing and Burntisland is a well deserving winner.”

Cllr Neil Crooks, Convener of the Kirkcaldy Area Committee said: “Burntisland is a worthy winner. The conservation area contains two churches of note, the Kirkton Old Church from the 12th century and the parish church, a mere youngster from the 1590s where the bible in English, as opposed to Latin, was first decided upon. The fantastic natural harbour and abundant local resources of limestone and coal, led to it becoming an important port, known as the Port of Grace, later a railway hub, shipbuilding centre and major ferry crossing before the Forth Bridge. Industry and trade continued with the Grange distillery and the aluminium works. In the 19th century, its superb sandy beach led to its development as a place to “take the waters”. Today Burntisland has, like most places, grown and spread, but the conservation area is still recognisable and there is a strong local identity.”

John Murray, Tourism Officer 
Tel: 03451 55 55 55 + Ext 44 58 38 Contact John Murray online
By Post: Kingdom House Kingdom Avenue Glenrothes Fife KY7 5LY

Neil Crooks, Councillor 
Tel: 01592 572217 Contact Neil Crooks online
By Post: Fife council, Fife House North Street, Glenrothes,KY7 5LT

Fiona Fisher, Built Heritage Officer 
Tel: 03451 55 55 55 + Ext 44 04 77 Contact Fiona Fisher online
By Post: Kingdom House Kingdom Avenue Glenrothes Fife KY7 5LY
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