Ambitious plans to build a brand new Glenrothes CISWO club could be the spark for major town centre redevelopment it is hoped.
The club’s management committee have plans to build a new state-of-the-art facility on an, as yet, unspecified town centre site, which, if successful, would allow it to take advantage of the lucrative televised sports market.
We have plans to maximise future potential in that marketDavid Nelson
With the British Darts Organisation (BDO) already having used the existing venue for the Five Nations Championship and a string of other high-profile tournaments, including the prestigious Scottish Classic, the organisation clearly holds the Glenrothes club in high esteem.
Because of this, the CISWO committee has been working on detailed plans that could make the new venue a mainstay for hosting such televised sporting events in the future.
If the plans come to fruition, it is hoped the potential for the land currently occupied by the club in North Street could be the catalyst for unlocking the decade-long stalemate which has seen a succession of broken promises and false dawns.
Tesco, which for so long promised it would build a store on the site, scrapped plans in December 2013.
“We have staged several very successful events in the last 18 months and we have plans to maximise future potential in that market,” committee member David Nelson told the Gazette.
“It may mean a move away from the existing address if it proves beneficial and we are working closely with developers on that,” he added.
The Gazette understands the club’s desire is to have a 550-seater capacity main function hall plus catering and increased bar facilities and are now seeking guidance with Fife Council who currently lease the land from the club for car parking.
The plans, though in the early stages, could pave the way for a major future development in the town centre.
It’s understood a number of developers have already been in contact with the club with offers for the land.
“We can not say any more at this stage but if successful we will put it to our members for a final decision,” said Mr Nelson.