PROPOSED improvements to Inverkeithing which could get the town “back on the tourism map of Fife” moved a step closer this week after councillors agreed to an additional £430,000 of funding.

Following on from £100,000 which was committed by Fife Council last year, it is hoped the cash will enhance the prospects of successful applications for external money.

Local councillor Alice McGarry, who is convener of the South West Fife area committee, which approved the latest allocation of funds, said exact details of any work were yet to be decided.

“It is badly needed – especially improvements to the Square,” she said.

“It hasn’t been determined yet what exactly will be done. There’s no hard and fast areas at the moment as it all depends on funding.

"Inverkeithing is very important historically but is very under-looked historically so we need to get it back on the tourism map of Fife. It is a wonderful, historical place.”

Efforts are currently being made to secure funding of more than £3 million from a range of sources which would help deliver a varied programme of town centre regeneration.

If the bid is successful, the proposals – which are part of a five-year improvement plan – will enhance the public areas around the town including spaces between and within buildings that allow public access.

According to a report for councillors, the “built heritage of the area” will be improved and key civic buildings and assets – especially the Town House, the Friary Hospitium and Friary Gardens – would receive investment to showcase their heritage and generate income to protect their future as important parts of the community.

It is hoped the programme would also include a small repair grants scheme to help owners improve traditional buildings in the town centre and deliver education and training activities such as traditional building skills.