Glenrothes pool opens, but in Kirkcaldy ...

The new pool under construction
The new pool under construction

People in Glenrothes will have a new sports facility next week ... but locals in Kirkcaldy will have to wait until the autumn.

The new Michael Woods Sports and Leisure Centre is due to open in Glenrothes on Monday.

But while they enjoy their new state of the art facilities, the eagerly-awaited £15m Tolbooth Street complex will not open its doors until the end of September, after missing its original opening date in June.

This week Fife Council bosses moved to re-assure locals that work continues to progress well on the Kirkcaldy sports and lesiure centre, despite construction falling behind schedule.

Last month concerns were expressed that the multi-million leisure complex and showpiece swimming pool would be delayed well into the autumn following a number of water and drainage isssues which had to be resolved.

But Andy McLellan, Fife Council’s sports partnership manager, told The Press it is on course for a September launch.

He said: “Work continues to progress well.

“We’ve just received updates on all the work being carried out from the design team and the construction company and we are on course to open the centre at the end of September.”

Ken White, secretary of FINS Swimming Club, which will be based at the new pool, said last month he was not too concerned about the delay as the club is usually quiet in August and September.

But said he would be worried if the re-opening was put back to either October or November when the East District Championships take place.

Neil Crooks, chairman of Kirkcaldy Area Committee, said although he had been advised that the drainage problems had pushed the official opening back to September, the internal work was on time and budget.

Once the new centre opens the old pool will be handed over to the owners of the Mercat Centre as part of a deal under their now abandoned development plans.