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Positive talks over Glenrothes Heritage Centre

Linda Ballingall, chairman of Glenrothes and Area Heritage Centre

Linda Ballingall, chairman of Glenrothes and Area Heritage Centre

 

Trustees of the Glenrothes Heritage Centre have met with local politicians in a clear the air meeting and to discuss future funding for the project.

Councillor Altany Craik, chairman of the town’s area committee, along with council officers, was in attendence, as well as Glenrothes and Central Fife MP, Lindsay Roy.

Linda Ballingall, chairman of the heritage group, had been critical of the 11 Glenrothes councillors for their lack of support for the project and not visiting the attraction since it opened in November last year.

“It was a satisfactory and productive meeting with lots of positives that we can now take forward,” Linda told the Gazette.

“There are a number of potential funding avenues that we can now explore and we will have the help of the Council in doing that.

“We are also going to see if we can look at the rates situation and a way of being able to waive the admission charge, which was only ever introduced in the first place out of absolute necessity.”

Councillor Craik praised the trustees and volunteers for their dedication and hard work in getting the project off the ground and for keeping the doors open in what he called “a tough economic climate”.

He added: “We’ve taken the criticism on the chin and it has proved to be a very worthwhile meeting.

“With the effort that has gone into making the heritage Centre a reality, it would be a mistake to lose what is already an asset to the town.

“We will also be helping the trustees to apply for non-Council funding which will clearly benefit and enhance the project in the future.”

Mr Roy said he would explore the possibility of corporate support from some of the major companies within the region.

The trustees are due to meet with Council officials again in two weeks’ time.

 

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