Kelty residents have told Fife Council what facilities they would like to see included in a proposed new multi-use community centre earmarked for the town.
An initial public consultation was carried out during June and the results will now be discussed at a public meeting on Wednesday 25 September at Kelty Community Centre from 7.30pm to 8.30pm. This will be followed by a meeting on Wednesday 2 October to discuss early designs for the centre, based on the feedback from the consultation and the public meeting. This will take place from 7.30pm to 8.30pm at Kelty Community Centre.
A project was already in progress to extend and refurbish Kelty Primary School to support an increasing pupil population, including the development of a new gym hall. However, following the announcement of the £12m Community Investment Fund as part of the Council’s budget to improve local facilities, a new approach has been considered. This could see a new centre being built that would cover both the school’s and community’s requirements in one place. The proposal is similar to the new Benarty Centre which has brought several council services together into one building.
Cowdenbeath Area Chair, Councillor Willie Clarke said: “Fife Council is investing money to modernise our buildings and I’d like to encourage the local community to come along to the public meetings and hear the feedback. We want to ensure that the community voice is heard and build a centre that people will want to use.
“An enhanced multi-use community centre will be able to offer a wider range of community, leisure and educational opportunities as well as providing access to a range of Council services.”
Joe Fitzpatrick, Head of Service with Fife Council Education and Learning Directorate, added: “This is an exciting time for Kelty – we’ve had a fantastic response to the initial consultation and there will be other opportunities for people to get involved. People shouldn’t worry if they can’t make it along to the meetings as the consultation report will be available from Wednesday 25 September and the initial designs from Wednesday 2 October at www.fifedirect.org.uk/keltycentre”.