A ROW has erupted over plans to reduce the opening hours of the cafe at Levenmouth Swimming Pool and Sports Centre.
Councillor Tom Adams had called on the Fife Sports and Leisure Trust, which runs the facility, to reconsider its decision to reduce opening hours from 67.5 hours to 43 hours per week, with a closure all day on a Monday.
Cllr Adams said: “I think it is disrespectful to the community of Leven and all who use the facility. This is a well-used facility by all ages in the Levenmouth area and reducing the hours of operation, especially at this time of year, when we are trying to attract tourists into the area, is wrong.”
Cllr Adams said he hoped it would not end up like the cafe at Beacon Leisure Centre in Burntisland, which has now closed altogether.
However, he faced a backlash from SNP councillor Alistair Hunter, who says the changes have been borne out of Labour budget decisions.
“We need to be very clear about the reason for the reduction of services here and at other centres across Fife, and that is a £3.698m budget cut voted for by Cllr Adams and his Labour colleagues.
“Labour needs a reality check. It needs to be honest with the Levenmouth public and take responsibility for the millions it is cutting – it cannot cover up the swingeing cuts it is making.”
Andy MacLellan, sports partnership manager, said the decision was due to a lack of customers at the cafe, which had been running at a loss for some time.
“This isn’t sustainable and the Trust has had to reduce the cafe opening hours from July 1 to address this deficit,” he said. “The main change is the closure of the cafe on a Monday, which is the quietest day of the week. The Trustis in the process of communicating these changes to customer and local councillors.”
Lisa Evans: “People need to drink after exercise. What’s the point in having a facility for swimming and exercising if you cannot replace the fluids you lose afterwards?”
Ralph Hardie: “Maybe it wasn’t profitable to have it open? Why should a cafe be subsidised? Economics.”
Doreen Davidson: “My daughter has lessons on a Monday and we always use the cafe. If they need to shut it to save money, shut on a day when there are no lessons.”
Alex Brodie: “It’s far too expensive and totally rips the kids off. Shut it for me.”