THERE are hopes that something could soon be done with the neglected King Malcolm Hotel site.

The venue at the gateway to Dunfermline site closed its doors back in 2020 and has lain empty and untouched ever since, leading to growing concerns from residents about state of the building and its surroundings.

After it was revealed last July that the previous operators, Peel Hotels, were no longer owners, local councillor James Calder has been working to get answers about future plans.

He confirmed to the Press that discussions have now taken place between the new owners and Fife Council.

"We have had discussions with the owners as there have been issues there," he said. "We know they are keen to look at getting the site redeveloped and have been working actively on that. Nobody wants to see it become a derelict site and we are hoping to see some sort of progress.

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"I am very pleased the council have been making good efforts in trying to engage. It is really important that the site doesn't become a derelict wasteland."

As well as 48 bedrooms, the King Malcolm had facilities for conferences, business seminars and function rooms for weddings and other celebrations.

Located at the entrance to Pitcorthie, it was previously a popular venue in Dunfermline for various social and workplace gatherings and parties.

In 2020, Peel Hotels announced they had taken the decision to "write off the hotel" due to "persistent problems in regard to the cost base”.