Kinghorn Community Land Association (KCLA) was set up by the people of Kinghorn to
give our community an active role in ensuring a sustainable future for land around
Kinghorn Loch and to secure the future of the Ecology Centre. KCLA membership is
open to all local residents and eight years on we have over 100 members. Supported
by the Scottish Government’s community right to buy scheme, we have quietly prepared
for a time when loch side land might become available and could be secured through
That time is now!
In February 2013, Kinghorn Developments, the owners of a number of plots of land
around Kinghorn Loch, went into administration. The Administrator has now indicated
that it is willing to sell parts of the land to the people of Kinghorn.
As you may know, the 2012 Mid Fife Local Development Plan has reserved land east
of the loch for a new woodland burial site and mentions establishing a Local Nature
All good but, as the Kinghorn Developments Ltd story shows, plans can easily change.
Such uncertainty cannot be good for Kinghorn. Community ownership would secure, in
perpetuity, the eastern approaches to the loch for the long-term benefit of all of
the people of Kinghorn.
We are applying to the Scottish Land Fund for funding (up to 95%) to buy four plots
of land, near to Kinghorn Loch. Three plots would be owned by the community of Kinghorn,
and one, marked ‘K1’ on the map on the next page, by the Ecology Centre. We can also
request some extra funding to help with the initial running costs.