Following an extensive community engagement process, Fife Health and Social Care Partnership has agreed to withdraw Bankie Park as the preferred option to site a replacement for Ladywalk House Care Home in Anstruther. There has been widespread opposition to the option to site the new care home in the park, whilst there is strong support locally for a new home to be built. As a result, the Partnership has concluded that Bankie Park is no longer a viable option.

Cllr David Graham, Spokesperson for the Health & Social Care Partnership commented, “This process from the beginning has been about engaging with the community in an open, honest and transparent way. We rely on the community to share their views so we can help build on the services we provide in Fife and we appreciate the time taken to provide feedback”.

Feedback ranged from concerns over environmental issues, the local wildlife, social impacts and safe walking routes for school children.

“Our goal remains the same, to provide high quality care for our care home residents in Anstruther and to have a care home that is at the heart of the community. We now need to move forward to make this happen and I am very pleased that local community organisations have offered their commitment to working with us to achieve this goal,” said David Heaney, General Manager (East).

Work to identify a suitable site for the new care home will continue.

 Anstruther Community Council:

“Fife Health and Social Care Partnership brought proposals for the much needed replacement for Ladywalk Care Home to our community. They have engaged with us over a long consultation period and after overwhelming opposition have withdrawn proposals to build on Bankie Park. This was the correct decision for Anstruther. There still remains a big challenge to maintain the very high standard of care to our most vulnerable residents currently living in Ladywalk. We will work closely with Fife Council to find the best local location for the new care facility.” Andy Peddie – Chairman, Kilrenny, Anstruther and Cellardyke Community Council

“It is good news that Fife Health and Social Care Partnership has listened to the community’s concerns and taken the Bankie Park site off the table. Over the coming months we look forward to working together to identify a new site for a care home in Anstruther to replace Ladywalk House.” Martin Dibley – Community Council Secretary

 Bankie Park Development Group:

“We are absolutely delighted, there has been a huge community effort to oppose Bankie Park as the preferred site. I’m very proud to be part of such a strong community. We thank Fife Health and Social Care Partnership for listening to the local community and making the right decision. We have been assured a site will be sought in the local area. It is very important we keep the care home in the community. We have offered our support to help identify suitable sites.” Susanne McElhinney, Chair, Bankie Park Development Group

 Keep Bankie Park Group:

“The Keep Bankie Park Green campaign group, representing the concerns of over 2000 people, is overjoyed with the decision to not build on Bankie Park. It’s a welcome relief to know that Fife Council has listened to the concerns of the community and we look forward now in supporting efforts to find a suitable location in the town for the much needed replacement of the Ladywalk House care home.” Graham Ellery, Spokesperson for Keep Bankie Park Green Campaign

Please note – you can continue to comment on Bankie Park until 31 August (outcome will remain unchanged).

Consultation proposals can be found at:
Anstruther Town Hall and Library, 16 Cunzie Street, Anstruther, KY10 3DF
East Neuk Centre, Ladywalk, Anstruther, KY10 3EX
Waid Community Campus, 3GY, St Andrews Road, Anstruther, KY10 3HA
Dreel Halls, High Street West, Anstruther, KY10 3DJ, and,
Anstruther Post Office, 36 Shore Street, Anstruther, KY10 3AQ

Details can also be found on the Community Council website: www.anstruther.info/organisations/community-council/ or email Vivienne McBride, Change Manager with your comments.

Issued by:-

David Heaney                                                               Cllr David Graham
Divisional General Manager East                               Spokesperson, Health & Social Care
Health & Social Care Partnership                               Partnership 

Media enquiries:
Hazel Williamson
Communications Officer
Health & Social Care Partnership
Hazel.Williamson@fife.gov.uk