£249,600 to transform rundown Kirkcaldy community centre

A model of the proposed centre
A model of the proposed centre

Ambitious plans to transform a rundown Kirkcaldy community centre in one of the town’s most deprived areas has been given a major cash boost.

The management committee and users of Hayfield Community Centre have been celebrating after their BIG Lottery grant application for £249,00 was successful.

The two year package will be used to carry out upgrades to the facility. Fife Council has already contributed £10,000 to refit the kitchen.

Jackie Rowan, vice-chairman of the management committee, said: “This is fantastic news.

‘‘It will make such a difference to the community. For a long time we have been looking for ways to upgrade the centre.

‘‘Now at last we can look forward to providing the community with the facilities it deserves.”

Further improvements will see the toilets and storage upgraded, new doors and windows, new access to the grounds from the main hall, sheltered cycle and buggy parking and further landscaping to the grounds.

A part-time project co-ordinator will be recruited to support implementation of the project and organise activities.

Rosemary Potter, committee secretary, said: “Our centre has served this community well for over 60 years.

‘‘However, it is tired and in need of refurbishment.

‘‘ We also want it to play its part in achieving a more sustainable future for our community so the plans include improved insulation, a new heating system and better draught proofing.

‘‘This is a boost for the community which has persisted with a vision for the potential of this centre.”

Tom Morton of Arc Architects, whose proposals received planning permission last November, will supervise the work.