Celebrating Fife’s Conservation Areas

Fri 28 Apr 17

Vote for your favourite Fife Conservation Area NOW!

It's 50 years since The Civic Amenities Act was passed in 1967 which provided for the creation of conservation areas. To celebrate the event there is a vote to find Fife's best conservation area.

Fife Council has an incredibly rich built and cultural heritage with many beautiful historic places. It will therefore be no surprise that Fife has 48 conservation areas.

They include former Scottish religious centre and pilgrim destination, St Andrews, and former capital of Scotland, Dunfermline. Of the 16 or so Royal Burghs in Fife, Kilrenny, Kinghorn and Inverkeithing are among the oldest dating from the medieval period. Conservation areas also include historic trading ports, Limekilns and Burntisland and fishing ports, Anstruther. They range in size and character from small hamlets, like the Bow of Fife, to villages, like Kilconquhar, to market towns, like Cupar and larger industrial centres, like Kirkcaldy.

Before you vote for your favourite conservation area, check out their locations on an interactive map on the Fife Council website at: https://www.fifedirect.org.uk/topics/index.cfm?fuseaction=service.display&p2sid=3EAF270C-E31D-4279-8B26-3E1F717DB5A7

It will only take two minutes to vote, follow the link, select your favourite conservation area, then click to vote: https://goo.gl/VzdpHs.

The current results can be viewed here: https://www.poll-maker.com/results1039437x939d4955-43#tab-2

Thanks for taking part. It is planned to mark the winner with a commemoration, details to follow.

Further Background

A conservation area is a distinctive area, the character and appearance of which it is desirable to protect and enhance. Protect and progress were the by-words of the 1967 Act and remain relevant today. Fife Council manages conservation areas for the future by controlling alterations carefully to protect against damaging changes, while allowing progress.

Further information is available on nearly all of the conservation areas in the Conservation Area Appraisal and Management Plans produced by Fife Council at: https://fifedirect.org.uk/topics/index.cfm?fuseaction=page.display&p2sid=11C7CC62-FCB9-795B-AC6CF4F41B160A0E&themeid=2B482E89-1CC4-E06A-52FBA69F838F4D24

Fife Council and Fife Historic Buildings Trust have been successful in securing regeneration funding for some conservation areas in the last two decades, mainly funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund and Heritage Environment Scotland.

£8m of Fife Council investment attracting £33m – a leverage of £4 for every £1 invested by Fife Council.

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