Fife Council leader David Ross visited Kelty this week and met up with local MSP Alex Rowley to view the site of the new community and sports centre which is due to start being built in May this year.
Mr Rowley had earlier advised Kelty Community Council that the existing centre will be closed in April with all activities being transferred to the Moray Institute for the duration of the build. He said; “The Council working with the community centre management committee and the group set up to input from a local perspective are making good progress with the new facility. As well as incorporating the local office and library the new centre will also have a user accessible kitchen, learning suite, a creche/multi use space, an creche play area, after school club multi use area and play area, a purpose built youth club, a large sports hall with division to accommodate three sports areas, ancillary core and storage space, general purpose areas, a fitness suite and 4G sports pitch to be situated on the current Kelty Hearts pitch.
“The first phase of the work will be the extension to the to the school which will include provision of wireless access ICT throughout the school, permanent classroom provision accommodation to accommodate 17 classes by 2020, increased toilet provision to accommodate teacher/pupil roll, provision of accessible toilet facility, improved facilities to allow curriculum to be delivered through provision of multi-purpose sports hall, increased storage for dinning and the removal of modular classroom.
“We are advised that everything is on track and the current community centre will then be demolished over the summer. Phase one of the new build will be the school which will be done during the school holidays this includes two new purpose built classrooms and two new classrooms within the existing building. The new community centre will then be built as phase two and the 4G pitch will be done in the close season 2015 and the new centre will be completed and opened in October 2015. This is the time line that is being proposed. The council will continue to work with all local groups to achieve the new build and the transition causing the least disruption to all users and groups”.
Mr Ross welcomed the level of community involvement in the design of the new facility and said it was clear the community wanted to see more sports provision in the new building. He added; “We created the community investment fund for projects like Kelty and I am pleased we are well on the way to getting the £7.2 million project started. I am also very supportive of the community councils wish to pull the many local groups together in the village who have an interest in taking over the running of the Moray Institute when the new centre is open and will make sure we provide the necessary support to assist them put together a business case and plan for the running of this community asset”.