Plans for Thornton indoor paintballing

Fife Council's Rothes Depot at Strathore Road, Thornton, which could become a paintball centre
Fife Council's Rothes Depot at Strathore Road, Thornton, which could become a paintball centre

A former roads depot could be transformed into an indoor paintball arena after Fife Council agreed to lease the premises.

Business partners William Davidson and Lisa Anderson want to make it their base for Elite Indoor Paintball Fife Ltd, and are hoping to open to the public as early as next month.

As well as agreeing a lease for the former Rothes Depot in Strathore Road, they have applied for planning permission to change the use of the facilities.

The application is expected to be considered by the planning committee next week.

If approved, the new business could be up and running within a couple of weeks.

Mr Davidson said: “It’s something myself and Lisa have been doing ourselves for about three years and we thought it was a good business opportunity.

“We’re hoping the plans will go through. If they do, we can get in there straight away and start setting up.

“We’ve got everything in place with the equipment in storage, all ready to go.”

Mr Davidson said the business would initially employ around 10 people, but that number could grow depending on the success of the venture.

“We think it is something different which will appeal to local people and visitors to the area too,” he said. “We’re looking at the corporate market, parties, people looking for something different for a day out and kids after school.

“There’s not much for kids around here, so hopefully it will appeal to them.

“It’s something new for the Glenrothes area and for Fife.”

Mr Davidson said the premises were ideal for their paintball business, offering great space for different scenarios.

The business has the support of Lindsay Roy, MP for Glenrothes and Central Fife, who has urged the planning department to look favourably on their application.

He said: “I would like to offer my full support to William Davidson and Lisa Anderson in obtaining these premises as I am sure with their excellent business idea and joint enthusiasm, they will no doubt bring something positive into the community and create some job opportunities at the same time.”