This hall is not closing!

KIRKCALDY;'Cllr Neil Crooks with GILL ASHMALL, MARY MCMANN, SUSAN WALLACE and LORNA ALLAN outside the community hall in Barry Road, beside Capshard Primary'Photo ; WALTER NEILSON
KIRKCALDY;'Cllr Neil Crooks with GILL ASHMALL, MARY MCMANN, SUSAN WALLACE and LORNA ALLAN outside the community hall in Barry Road, beside Capshard Primary'Photo ; WALTER NEILSON
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A KIRKCALDY councillor has moved to scotch rumours that a community hall in the town is to close.

Councillor Neil Crooks said that rumours about the community hall in Dunnikier, beside Capshard Primary School, have ‘‘absolutely no foundation.’’

At a recent meeting of the hall’s committee, the Kirkcaldy North councillor was told rumours were rife in the area that it was about to close and these unfounded rumours have already had a negative impact on some of the user groups.

Councillor Crooks said: “The hall is well used and although it is old, there are no plans to close it.

“It continues to be open for business as usual.

“It is an old building and there have been discussions for years about provision of a new facility for the area, but the current hall is well used. There’s no way it is going to be shutting.”

Busy building

The community hall in Barry Road is regularly used by community groups including Rainbows and Brownies, as well as being home to Dunnikier Park Pre-School Playgroup five days a week, and available for hire for parties.

With talk of provision of a new facility in future, Councillor Crooks said: “I recently suggested local people may want to consider forming a community co-operative to take the proposals forward.

“The hall’s committee wanted to know more about community co-operatives and a meeting has been arranged in the hall for Wednesday, June 15 at 8 p.m, where we can consider what steps the community would like to take regarding future provision.

Future plans

“Dunnikier Estate and the new housing at Rowan Brae etc deserve decent community facilities, but the likelihood of council investment seems remote.

“I believe we should explore all options to try to meet the aspirations of the community and hopefully the meeting will act as a catalyst for future direction.’’

Gill Ashmall, chairman of the hall’s management committee, added: “The meeting is to discuss where we can go and get people’s ideas, but the hall is definitely not closing.”

Dunnikier Park Pre-school Playgroup currently has some spaces for youngsters aged two years six months and upwards, Monday to Friday from 9 a.m to 11.30 a.m. For more details please call Ann Rintoul on 640744.