Winners and losers in community halls sale

Leslie Town Hall
Leslie Town Hall

Community groups interested in the purchase of a number of public halls in Glenrothes have been informed whether or not their applications have been successful, reports NEIL HENDERSON.

Of the properties up for sale as part of the Fife Council’s new scheme of ‘community ownership’, Wayside Hall and Leslie Town Hall have both now had proposals recommended by the Council’s Policy, Finance and Asset management Committee.

Wayside Hall, Balbirnie Road, Glenrothes received the most ‘bids’ of all the properties on offer (seven in total), with that from the 50th Fife Scout Group being the preferred option.

The other successful applicant was the Leslie Community Trust with their proposed take over of Leslie Town Hall.

In a report presented to councillors at the last Glenrothes Area Planning Committee meeting it said that both of the preferred proposals ‘represented a very good use of asset’ and ‘addressed local issues and Community Ownership ideals.’

Fife House officials will now enter into further negotiations with the two groups to allow the properties to be disposed to them.

The sale of Leslie Town Hall will require Sheriff Court approval as it is part of the Leslie Common Good, but John Greig, a member of the Community Trust is confident they will be successful.

He said: “The trust has provided an in-depth plan that guarantees the long-term future of Leslie Town Hall for all of the residents in the area.

“We already have a number of community groups that rely on the hall remaining open. We have done our best to provide the reassurances that we have the best interests of the community at heart.”

Councillors will work closely with bidders for the three unsold properties in Macedonia, Caskieberran and Kinglassie in an attempt to ensure they are used by community groups.