LEVEN’S Carberry House closed to the public for the final time yesterday (Tuesday).
Used as a ‘one stop shop’ for residents, who could drop in or arrange an appointment to speak with a Fife Council advisor, it is to be replaced by a new combined facility at Leven Library, on the town’s Durie Street.
The library, which has been undergoing extensive renovation work, will not re-open until Monday but will do so as a dual-purpose library and local office, offering customers, who want to do business in person, access to more information than ever before in modern, bright and spacious surroundings.
Joe Fitzpatrick, head of local and community services said: “We’ve listened to customers and are changing the way we do business with them. We’re investing in our network of local offices and customers will see changes when they come into our new offices.
“We apologise for any inconvenience the temporary closure may cause. The gap is necessary for bringing the two offices into one.”
The new Leven Library and Local Office will include a revamped children’s library area, public access computers, self-service point and a newly designed outdoor courtyard area.
There is also provision for private interviews to allow customers to receive tailored advice and support, such as applying for a council house or personal debt advice.
Carberry House will remain under the control of Fife Council and will continue to be used by local authority staff and as a meeting space.
Councillor David Alexander, chair of the Levenmouth Area Committee, added: “This is a valuable investment into the overall look of the town centre, and an aspect that local members have highlighted as one of their key objectives as part of the local planning process.”