Council to splash out on new facilities in Cupar

Not everyone was impressed with the changes at Cupar Leisure Centre, which has re-opened  after a three-month closure

Not everyone was impressed with the changes at Cupar Leisure Centre, which has re-opened after a three-month closure

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Disabled swimmers using Cupar pool have been promised new changing facilities amid claims that the existing ones are ‘a joke’.

Following our story last week in which a Cupar woman complained that the pool was in a worse state than before its three-month refurbishment, the mother of a 12-year-old disabled boy contacted the Fife Herald to complain that the changing room was ‘dingy and cramped’.

Not everyone was impressed with the changes at Cupar Leisure Centre, which has re-opened  after a three-month closure

Not everyone was impressed with the changes at Cupar Leisure Centre, which has re-opened after a three-month closure

She said that she had to take her son through the female changing area and that staff were unsympathetic.

“Why should disabled people be made to feel they are being shunted out or pushed into a ‘special’ area – why should they be treated as different from ‘normal’ users?” she said.

But Andy MacLellan, Fife Council’s sports partnership manager, revealed that funding had been provided for a fully functional disabled changing space that had access to the poolside.

“We are working with Property Services on this and intend to meet with various stakeholders in the near future to discuss and agree the details of the project,” he said.

“Funding has also been secured for other improvements to the centre, including new lockers, which should be installed within the next few months.”

The pool, which is part of a complex managed by Sports and Leisure Trust, re-opened earlier this month following an extensive improvement programme.

But some swimmers expressed disappointment with the results, claiming that the facilities looked more dilapidated than before.

A fun day was held at the weekend to mark the re-opening, which Fife Sports and Leisure Trust said had been a great success.

“Our fun day event held last Sunday was enjoyed by nearly 200 hundred people from the local area,” said a spokesperson.

“They were delighted that the centre was now open for business and that they could come along and try out our range of activities for all the family.”

“The Trust is committed to ensuring affordable, accessible facilities so that people of all ages and abilities can enjoy physical activity opportunities.

“Staff at Cupar Leisure Centre are always on hand to assist disabled users.”