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Kinghorn Community Land Association (KCLA)

Kinghorn Community Land Association (KCLA) was formed in March 2005 following the threatened eviction of local charity Craigencalt Ecology Centre from farmland adjoining Kinghorn Loch. Concern amongst local people prompted them to look at ways of securing the long term future of the Centre, and eventually all of Kinghorn Loch and the land surrounding it. KCLA's vision is for a beautiful, peaceful yet accessible and vibrant place, with a sustainable balance of environmental, educational, economic, leisure and social pursuits, enjoyed by residents and visitors alike. To this end KCLA has registered interest under the Land Reform (Scotland) Act in buying all 19 plots of land surrounding the Loch. It plans to secure the future of these assets and generate benefit from them in a way that balances their many uses. This includes providing better leisure facilities, creating jobs and income, attracting and managing visitors, and protecting and enhancing access, landscape, and biodiversity. KCLA is now negotiating with Fife Council for transfer of one of the plots.

KCLA aims to become self-sufficient, and has commissioned feasibility studies into various income-generating uses for the land. These include pontoons, a café, new club houses and renewable energy generation.

KCLA is a company limited by guarantee. It is a not for private profit organisation and recognised Community Body under the Land Reform Act.

Their plans:

The Association wishes to bring the bowl of land which is centred on Kinghorn Loch, and which determines the essential character of this environment, into an integrated and balanced set of uses with high standards of stewardship.

The Loch area has four main strengths that we believe hold the key to a sustainable balance for the future:

1. The natural heritage: itself, centred on the Loch. A diverse range of attractive habitats, including the Loch, its margins and wetland, woodland, open fields and hedgerows and traditional farm buildings make up a rich and attractive landscape. This is a home to much wildlife, including rare species such as slow worms and moths, and is enjoyed by the local community and visitors from further afield.

2. The location. Lying close by Kinghorn, the Loch is also near to the small and large towns of central Fife which urgently need economic regeneration with jobs of the future . It is well connected by Kinghorn`s relatively good bus, rail and road links to Fife at large, Edinburgh, Dundee and potentially wider markets. Yet it is self-contained and defined by the hills around as a natural feature in its own right.

3. Craigencalt Farm, the Ecology Centre, and the Earth Ship on the north shore. These are generating a growing reputation for Kinghorn Loch as a pioneering centre of ecological thinking and environmental education.

4. The local community. Local people, past and present, have shown that they are committed to their Loch and to what it offers as a place of enjoyment but are equally determined at times to defend it against threats.

The Association's strategy is to capitalise on these strengths, enhancing the natural heritage of the Loch, to develop a sustainable balance of social, economic, community, educational, recreational and environmental benefits.

For further info`, contact;

Chairman
Chris Mitchell
74 Pettycur Road
Kinghorn, KY3 9RW
tel. 01592 890921
Email:
chairperson@kcla.org.uk

Website: www.kcla.org.uk



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