Fife Council welcomes the transformative vision outlined today (10 October 2022) by Babcock International, Forth Ports Group and Scarborough Muir Group for an internationally renowned port, shipbuilding, manufacturing and logistics cluster at Rosyth.
It includes plans for a new freight terminal, offshore renewable manufacturing and green power generating capacity. It will also enable development of large-scale advanced manufacturing, skills and innovation onsite, alongside a proposed new rail freight connection. This vision and the associated economic and community benefits will boost Fife and the wider region, if the decision to designate the Forth as a green freeport is secured.
Fife councillors already backed the bid that could result in a Green Freeport being created at Rosyth at a recent cabinet meeting, where the continued involvement of Fife Council as a lead partner was approved. The identified sites within Rosyth and Burntisland, have the potential to support the delivery of new investment and several thousand new jobs, assuming business case approval(s) in the new year.
Councillor Altany Craik, Spokesperson for Finance, Economy and Strategic Planning, Fife Council, commented:
“The range of Fife sites identified within the submitted Forth Green Freeport bid include nearly 150 hectares of land at Rosyth and further direct opportunities at Burntisland, which we welcome. These, and the inclusion of further related sites or infrastructure within South West Fife and Mid Fife, can help to achieve the Forth Green Freeport bid objectives, so the economic gains are clear.
“The Fife Forth coast and Mid Fife areas are proven in serving the renewable, low carbon and advanced manufacturing sectors. The Fife Council area forms a central component of the bid, which seeks to ensure that the Forth corridor is revitalised to meet future economic needs in a fair and sustainable way.”
“Crucially, the development will create new and quality employment opportunities locally and beyond as well as boost connectivity and export capacity, supporting our plans to regenerate the Mid- Fife area.”