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Regeneration in Action at Hillend and Donibristle Industrial Estate

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Exciting regeneration at Hillend and Donibristle Industrial Estate is underway.

A Steering Group has been formed, made up from businesses within the estate, supported by Fife Council, which is responsible for planning and agreeing on the regeneration strategy and prioritising its work.

This estate is recognised as an important employment and economic hub. It accommodates over 120 businesses and over 2000 employees in a location which continues to be attractive to a whole range of businesses from sole traders to internationally recognised companies. The estate is vitally important to the economy of Fife hosting seven of the top 100 businesses in Fife, including Rolls-Royce, BAE Systems, Ingenico Group and Heil Farid.

Work is underway on improving the industrial estate including new estate and directory board signs, initial landscaping work to improve key locations and road and footpath infrastructure with key areas for improvement now identified.

Promotion of the industrial estate is also progressing. A brand identity has been established and applied to new printed promotional material about the Industrial Estate and a new website is under construction.

Depute Leader and Executive Spokesperson for Economy and Planning, Cllr Lesley Laird said: “The focus of this ongoing work is to ensure the long term viability of the significant employment within the estate. It is also to give businesses confidence about the way that Fife Council can work with them to support their business activities. By providing a plan which co-ordinates delivery through partnership then we will all be in a much better position to secure its future for another generation. I am heartened by the recent progress and, while there is still much work to do, the commitment from everyone so far means that we have a great opportunity to make this ambition a reality.”

Steering Group member Casey Prattis is Managing Director of Prattis Properties Ltd. He said: “We are investing £4 million in the regeneration of the estate. Phase 1 will include a children’s nursery and ten starter units. This will, in turn, generate jobs for the community and help to bring the industrial estate into the twenty first century.”

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