KIRKCALDY’S eagerly awaited, state-of-the-art new sports and leisure centre is set to open later than was originally planned.
And concern has been expressed about the multi-million centre and its showpiece swimming pool falling even further behind schedule.
Townsfolk have been looking forward to the doors opening on the replacement for the ageing pool on the Esplanade, but the project has been delayed by “a number of water and drainage issues which have still to be resolved,” according to Andy MacLellan, Fife Council’s sports partnership manager.
He added: “We had planned to have the new facility open late summer, but it now looks as if the second half of September is a more realistic target.
“We’ve agreed to keep the existing pool open for the school summer holidays, so that kids in Kirkcaldy don’t miss out on the Council-funded free swims initiative.”
Ken White, secretary of FINS Swimming Club, which will be based at the new pool, said he was not concerned about the delay at present.
“We’re usually quiet in August and September, so it won’t greatly affect us from that point of view,” he added.
“I would be more worried if it was to drag onto into October and November when we have the East District Championships, which is a big event.”
Kirkcaldy MSP David Torrance said: “It’s very disppointing that the opening has been delayed.
“I will be writing to the Council to get a full update on the situation.”
Town councillor, Neil Crooks, said he would have preferred the pool to have opened in July as was originally planned:
But he added: “I am advised that the drainage problems which have pushed the opening back to September are being tackled and that the internal work is on time and on budget, which is very good news.”
The old pool will be handed over to the Mercat Centre.