Future of Dundonald Institute still ‘confusing’

Dundonald Institute, Main Street, DUNDONALD;'Isabella Martin, Peter Fowler, Sandra Fowler, Jessie Reilly & Ruby Reekie.'Photo ; WALTER NEILSON

Dundonald Institute, Main Street, DUNDONALD;'Isabella Martin, Peter Fowler, Sandra Fowler, Jessie Reilly & Ruby Reekie.'Photo ; WALTER NEILSON

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A PLAN by Fife Council to sell off Dundonald Institute in Cardenden has been put on hold – for the time being.

A meeting held on Tuesday night between the institute’s committee and members of Fife Council, including Joe McGuinness from housing and communities, was described as “confusing” by committee secretary, Isabella Martin.

She said: “We were lead to believe that we were going to lose our grant of £7000 a year until the meeting when we were told we weren’t, which is great news.

“However, the Council wants to see us get more volunteers to help run the institute.

Argument

“Our argument is why should volunteers run the hall when they have paid employees who should be doing it?

“We were also told that the Council would give us a loan for any repairs needing done but we would have to pay it back.

“We got three new volunteers signed up at the meeting but they are elderly and disabled, so we desperately need more people to come forward.”

Mark Hood, Councillor for Lochgelly and Cardenden, who attended the meeting, said: “This is admittedly quite a complicated issue, but at the moment the status quo remains the same.

Business plan

“Once the committee has increased its capacity and has a sustainable business plan put in place, then of course they should be allowed to run it. But this isn’t the case with Dundonald at this time.

“It’s one of the best halls I’ve been in and the committee has done a wonderful job with it.

“The next step is to try to get more of the community involved, so that they can sign a lease on the premises.”

Isabella Martin added: “The situation is due to be reviewed at the end of this financial year when hopefully we will be able to sign a lease.

“But there are crossed wires coming from everywhere.”