Council supports plans for redeveloping Longannet

Members of Fife Council’s Central and West Planning Committee yesterday (Thursday 18 December) approved a planning application from Scottish Enterprise to redevelop Longannet power station.


Fife Council Co-Leader, Cllr David Ross, said: “The Longannet site is nationally significant and critically important locally.  The planning permission granted yesterday marks a significant step forward in the journey towards creating new employment and economic opportunities in the Kincardine area and beyond.


“This latest milestone builds upon the work of the Longannet Taskforce, whose focus has been to support the wider regeneration of the area following the power station’s closure in 2016.


“We now look forward to showcasing the site to ensure that this location, which has driven past industrial revolutions, will once again be a catalyst towards business activity that drives a renewed innovation-led economy.”


Fife Council Co-Leader, Cllr David Alexander, added: “Planning application approval will see approximately 74 hectares of the site made available for investors into the Kingdom, and will boost the economy within South and West Fife and across the wider region.


“We also seek to secure secondary investment within Fife, recognising that the Longannet site and its infrastructure connections give rise to significant opportunities across the wider area.  Around 1,000 jobs are expected to be created at Longannet.”


The plans to regenerate the site of Scotland’s last coal-fuelled power station also support the council’s wider aim of reducing carbon emissions.



Fife Council wins Scottish Green Energy Award

Fife Council and RWE took home the Best Engagement Award at the Scottish Green Energy Awards last week for their work promoting the Glenrothes Energy Network.


Pictured with the Best Engagement Award are from LHS Ken Gourlay (Fife Council), Cllr Altany Craik (Fife Council), Carlene Simpson (Fife Council), Ross Tulloch (Fife Council), Mark Picton (RWE) and Ian Calvert (RWE).

The awards, organised by Scottish Renewables, were announced in Edinburgh on 5 December and saw winners in 12 categories receive trophies recognising their work in the green energy sector.


Claire Mack, Chief Executive of Scottish Renewables said: “Once again, the Scottish Green Energy Awards showcase the truly incredible innovation, drive and passion of those working within our industry.


“The commitment, knowledge and hard work of those within the industry is making a significant positive impact on Scotland’s economy as we continue to mitigate carbon emissions and work towards achieving net zero by 2045.


“My congratulations go to all nominees and of course to the winners.”


The Glenrothes Heat Network is a £24 million collaborative local heat scheme between the Scottish Government, RWE and Fife Council.  It provides sustainable low carbon heat to a mix of industrial, commercial, community and domestic properties in Glenrothes as well as the Council’s Fife House complex of offices.




The Farmers Son have launched into natural & organic grocery chain whole foods market

Auchtertool based Haggis & Black Pudding producer The Farmers Son is excited to announce they have launched into natural & organic grocery chain whole foods market.

Demand for Scottish products in London and across the UK has surged with retailers keen to source the finest quality Scottish artisan products in recent months. The sector has  grown substantially in recent years with more and more consumers having Scottish products at Christmas. Founder of The Farmers Son  Pete Mitchell  uses a 100 year old all natural Scottish family recipe to make their black pudding , white pudding & Haggis with the finest quality  all natural ingredients sourced from local farms in Scotland, including, home-grown pork, PGI Scotch Beef, local flour, onion &  oatmeal, all products are  free from preservatives and additives, With No GM ingredients. Farmers Son products are also Free from Sugar & Dairy.

“Consumers are demanding products  from a genuine source and  want to get behind food companies with real provenance and an exciting offering “ says Peter Mitchell, “As our loyal customer base is expanding,  Whole Foods align with our values at  The Farmer’s Son, promoting food which is free from artificial preservatives, colours, flavours:  we share a passion and commitment  for great tasting food and are really excited to see how this partnership develops”,

It is also great our customers  have a new accessible place to buy our products alongside our current butcher’s shops and delicatessens. Our products are a modern take on traditionally Scottish products which are the most popular at this time of year, whether in a haggis bon bon,  black pudding sausage roll, or in pasta or risotto dishes, they make a wonder accompaniment to any Christmas roast”

Online grocery retailer Ocado have also recently added a range of Scottish products category to their offering.

Background from the city to the farm,

The Farmers Son was built on the belief there are fewer things in life more important than the food we eat. Pete Mitchell started the business in 2016  using a 100 year old all natural family recipe when he had been made redundant from his City job at JP Morgan.  His family’s farming roots dating back to the 1700s; Farming and food production is in his blood.  The family farm now in the 11th generation continue this long tradition, today producing exceptional quality food, sustainable and ethically produced with outstanding flavour.


For comment or images please contact The Farmers Son 0131 463 8123 or 07731398744

Cowdenbeath launches shop local campaign

A new campaign to encourage people to shop local is being launched next week in Cowdenbeath.


From Monday 9th to Sunday 15 December, shops and businesses in Cowdenbeath town centre are taking part in the Cowdenbeath Festive Fiver Fest – a week of activity to encourage people to shop local.


Organised by Love Cowdenbeath, nearly 50 businesses have put together special £5 offers to showcase their products and services and give customers an extra excuse to pop in and spend money.


“Cowdenbeath is a town where there is a wealth of great independent businesses who offer a wide range of products along with excellent customer service and knowledge.” said a member of the Love Cowdenbeath Group.


“If each adult in the town spent £5 locally each week, we would boost the local economy by over £2m per year.”



New campaign to showcase Scotland’s Ancient Capital

A new campaign will bring more visitors to Dunfermline and West Fife by showcasing the town and area’s history with the help of funding from VisitScotland.


Led by the Dunfermline Heritage Partnership with the support of Fife Cultural Trust and Dunfermline & West Fife Tourism Partnership, the digital marketing campaign will draw on Dunfermline’s strong heritage and cultural story to encourage more visits to the town and its surrounding area, including Culross, North Queensferry and Inverkeithing.


VisitScotland is supporting the campaign with a £12,750 Growth Fund award.  Its Growth Fund provides support to national, regional and sectoral tourism groups across Scotland to help them deliver partnership marketing campaigns.


The project aims to develop and share inspiring content and stories across social media to showcase the area’s rich history to visitors across the UK.  This will include e-books, itineraries and work with influencers.  The new content will sit on


Caroline Warburton, VisitScotland Regional Leadership Director said: “Dunfermline and West Fife has so many wonderful stories for visitors to discover and I’m very pleased that we are supporting this innovative campaign with our Growth Fund award.


“The area is steeped in history, both ancient and modern, and I look forward to seeing the town and West Fife’s rich heritage coming to life to showcase Scotland’s ancient capital as a top visitor destination.”


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Have your say on future transport investment in Scotland

Transport Scotland is conducting an online survey for the Second Strategic Transport Projects Review (STPR2), a Scotland-wide review of the country’s strategic transport network across all transport modes.


You are invited to take part in this survey which will run until 10 January 2020.


The survey is designed to gain the views of organisations and businesses as well as residents on strategic transport problems and opportunities as well as identifying potential investment options.


The STPR2 will inform transport investment in Scotland for the next 20 years.


Click for more information and to take part in the survey.


In the Footsteps of Kings wins Innovation Award at Family Attraction Expo

Augmented Reality (AR) company AliveLab scooped a prestigious award at the 2019 Family Attraction Expo.


The company was awarded the Innovation Award for developing the ‘In The Footsteps of Kings’ app for the Fife Tourism Partnership.


The app guides visitors along royal paths and connects them with historic landmarks including Ravenscraig Castle, Lochore Castle, Aberdour Castle, Falkland Place and Estate and Markinch Church.


It provides Augmented Reality interactive games on a smartphone or tablet at each of the sites, as well as giving information on local buisnesses.


Sharon Wyness, CEO of AliveLab said: “We are thrilled to have won the Innovation Award at the Family Attraction Expo.  The ‘In the Footsteps of Kings’ app is a great showcase for our technology skills and how they can enhance the whole visitor experience for children and their families. It also shows how technology can interact with outdoor activities and provide education at the same time as offering everyone a fun time.  We think that AR works really well in any number of tourist environments, and we are confident that the award will raise our profile in the industry.”


Ann Camus, Fife Tourism Partnership Manager said: “It is brilliant that the ‘In the Footsteps of Kings’ app has received this recognition.  Tourism brings a high level of economic value to Fife – the industry brings in £558m each year to the local economy and supports over 12,000 jobs across the region.”


For more information about the app and how your business can benefit, download the In the Footsteps of Kings Business Toolkit.