A FIFE MSP has praised the work of a growing Rosyth community group.

Annabelle Ewing, who is the MSP for Cowdenbeath, visited the new EATS Rosyth site that is set to be up and running by the end of the year.

Ms Ewing said: "I was delighted to visit EATS Rosyth at their new premises, the former Clydesdale Bank building. The property was bought through a community buy-out, with the help of a range of funders, including the Scottish Land Fund.

"The Scottish Land Fund is money from the Scottish Government delivered by the National Lottery Community Fund and which offers grants of up to £1 million to help communities take ownership of land and buildings that matter to them through land reform legislation."

The group is hoping to have the new hub on Queensferry Road open and operational by Christmas this year so it can continue to expand its cooking and planting activities.

She continued: "There are exciting plans for this large new space and I was delighted to hear all about them from food project manager Ethan Daish, greenspace development manager Eliza Twaddle and volunteer Mike Cascarino. The aim is to transform the building into a community hub with a café and breakout spaces for a range of activities."

A community-led charity, EATS Rosyth focus on combatting poverty through growing, cooking and sharing food in the community. They currently have three sites in Rosyth, their community hub, community garden and centenary orchard.

Their plans for the new property include a large cafe, surplus food shop, private meeting rooms, a community space, teaching kitchen, co-working areas for local start-ups or charities, offices and toilets.

"Open days are being held to engage with the public and hear their thoughts on what they want from this new space," she added.

"I have nothing but praise for the effort from the EATS Rosyth team, including the volunteers behind the scenes, who are so committed to the project, which has helped EATS Rosyth to get to this stage.

"I wish EATS Rosyth every success for the future with this new chapter. I will be happy to do all I can as the local MSP to help and I am very much looking forward to coming along at Christmas when they hope to open.”