Years ago, the local loch (Loch Gelly), which our town derives its name from, was well used by the local community. Old pictures depict a very busy Loch used for family outings, picnics and fishing. More recently it was still being used for watersports such as Jet Skis and Water Skiing that would launch from the Boathouse, while members from the local community still enjoyed exploring the Loch and also going fishing.
Nowadays, it is a different matter entirely, the boathouse lies derelict and the jetty is also in ruin. People still visit the Loch, and horse riders from one of the local farms frequent the area. We do not know if much people still fish in the area, or how good the fishing is, but people still value the area, as a nice piece of countryside to enjoy and all the local heritage associated with Loch Gelly.
When the local bypass was built, this separated the Loch from our town, but it is still easily accessible by going down the farm road at the top of Hamilton Street (Hammie Brae) or by crossing the Motorway Bridge near Andrews Antennas, a much busier option.
Currently the Loch stands neglected, but it look likes an entrepreneur [admin note: we are using the word “entrepreneur” as the person is seeking to develop a project, we do not know if this is a private venture or non profit venture, apologies for any confusion], Mr Wilson, wishes to change all that. We discovered on the WhatDoTheyKnow site a Freedom of Information request asking for the ownership details of the Loch.
My plan is to find out who owns it, then come to some sort of agreement with them to reopen it as a fishery and begin stocking it again, also possibly bring back water sports through time.
We feel this would be an excellent opportunity for Lochgelly to capitilise on its assests, you only have to look at Lochore Meadows (the Meedies) to see the potential of Loch Gelly. The Meedies started from humble beginnings and is now widely used by the local areas and is a legitimate and well used tourist destination.
We are not saying this has the same scale and size potential of the Meedies, but we do believe this will be of benefit to the local area, and provide a better usage for Loch Gelly rather than let it go to waste. Also this development, if successful, will help protect the land for the local community to enjoy for future generations to come.
If anyone knows who owns the local Loch, and would like to share that information with us, please post in the comments below, or contact us.
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