Wormit Boating Club to purchase Woodhaven Pier and land from council

Wormit Boating Club is set to purchase Wormit Pier and a strip of land from Fife Council after Cabinet Committee members approved the sale as a community asset transfer.

The club, which has leased the land since 1968, has enjoyed a growing membership over the years as an increasing number of North East Fifers take to the water. As well as the more traditional sailing and rowing activity, there is now also a strong community of people enjoying kayaking, paddle boarding and open water swimming.

Cllr Linda Erskine, spokesperson for communities said: "Wormit Boating Club has been in existence for over one hundred years and has long supported the needs of the local community in taking part in activities on the River Tay. But its success, and increasing number of activities it provides, means that the club is now struggling to meet the increased demands placed on it.

"With its great track record in nurturing people keen to develop their watersport skills, the committee was pleased to support Wormit Boating Club's application. The club will be able to offer safe, accessible leisure use of the river, develop excellence in watersports and enhance people’s knowledge of the scientific and cultural traditions associated with the waters.

"The club also has some exciting development plans linked to the purchase, including building a new clubhouse, increasing their storage area on site and increasing the number of community land-based activities they offer. All of this will undoubtedly contribute positively towards the wellbeing of their members and customers."

The Committee's approval means that the club can purchase the pier and grounds for the below market value of £13,000, once terms and conditions of the land transfer are finalised.