Fraser Avenue

Kingdom Housing Association has enlisted the help of local school children to help raise awareness of its major £26 million regeneration project in Inverkeithing.

Working alongside Fife Council, the Association is to demolish 236 properties on Fraser Avenue and replace them with 189 new energy efficient homes.

Pupils from Inverkeithing Primary lent their artistic talents to the development by entering a competition to create a logo for the Association’s newsletters, which are being sent to residents with updates of the work.

Attending the school to hand out prizes to the competition winners, Bill Banks, chief executive with Kingdom, said the initiative was one of many community projects aimed to involve local people in the project.

Receiving awards from Mr Banks and Fife Council housing service senior manager, Alan Russell, were pupils Hannah Scott (Primary 1-4), Spencer Howers (Primary 5-7), while Matthew Cherry and Annabelle Sung took second places.

Three certificates of commendation were also presented to Jess Bowen, Jenna Hamilton and Lucy Delaney.

Bill Banks, chief executive with Kingdom, said: “The Fraser Avenue project will be a large development that will involve a great deal of input from the local community. The logo competition was one of the community projects which aims to involve local people in the project.

“I was very impressed with the enthusiasm and creativity of all the pupils who entered and would like to thank everyone involved. The designs will be used on newsletters and other publications to promote awareness of the project.”

Headteacher Caroline Gardiner said: “The competition was to raise awareness that big change is happening in our community and that change can be really positive.

“The children came up with such good designs that it was really hard to pick a winner.

“A number of children live in the area and will be directly affected by the regeneration and this was a really good opportunity for them to take ownership and make it high-profile.”

The new Fraser Avenue homes will provide a mixture of cottage flats, family houses and single storey cottages for households with particular needs.

Plans are also in the pipeline for three retail units, a village green, play park and associated infrastructure to service the development.

Fife Council is currently moving residents on the Avenue to free up the blocks for demolition.

It is hoped the preparations for the first phase of demolition will take place early in 2016 with the on-site demolition work progressing over the summer. Construction work on the new houses is expected to start towards the end of 2016.