Dunfermline MSP welcomes proposals to develop Halbeath plant


Dunfermline MSP Bill Walker has met with Freddy and Bruce Shepherd, Managing Directors of Shepherd Offshore, in order to discuss the development of the former Hyundai plant at Halbeath.

The proposals put forward by the company include high quality office and factory spaces, with associated housing and leisure facilities.

The SNP MSP was given a tour of the site to get a feel for the scope of the redevelopment.

In a statement following a meeting, Mr Walker said:

“It is excellent to see this site, which has been a white elephant for so many years, put to good use and to see this level of inward investment in the local community.

“What is being created by Shepherd Offshore represents a tremendous opportunity not only for the Dunfermline area but the whole Scottish economy.

“This is exactly what Alex Salmond is calling for when he speaks of the need for the Scottish economy to grow through manufacturing and industry.”

Managing Director, Freddy Shepherd said the company was committed to socially responsible regeneration and pointed to the work they had undertaken on Tyneside in regenerating the local area and providing jobs in manufacturing and Research and Development.

Mr Shepherd commented, “We are pleased with the constructive discussions that have taken place today and look forward to meeting with Bill again and working with him as plans for the site develop.”