Kinglassie MUGA and skate park approved

The multi use games area (MUGA) in Leven has been a success
The multi use games area (MUGA) in Leven has been a success

Plans to build a multi use games area and skate park in Kinglassie were approved by councillors last week.

Members of Fife Council’s central area planning committee unanimously agreed to grant planning permission for the leisure facility within Kinglassie Park at their meeting last Wednesday afternoon.

The plans were for an area of grassed open space to the north of Burnside and south of Sauchie Street in the village.

In a report which went before councillors, it was explained that the multi use games area would measure approximately 30m by 18m and would feature two deep goals and two basketball hoops.

The surface would be an open texture macadam porous surface, which would have markings for football, basketball and netball.

The skate park would be approximately 22 metres by 18 metres and would consist of a number of concrete skate elements including quarter pipes, jump ramps, mini ramps, fun box and grid rail.

The report went on to say three letters of objection had been received in relation to the application, raising concerns about flooding; that the park would attract older children and anti-social behaviour; and it would disturb wildlife.

Councillor Peter Grant, whose ward includes the village, said: “The community council and Kinglassie Action Group have been heavily involved in this.

“I think some people feel their concerns have not been taken account of because of the way the report’s been worded.

“I think it’s important we take account and consider them before going on with it.

“This is a facility that complements some of the facilities provided further west that are significantly improving amenities for young people in Kinglassie.

“I think it will be a very welcome addition to what’s there for the young people already.”

Speaking to the Gazette this week Allan Taaffe, secretary of Kinglassie Action Group, said: “We’re pleased it has been passed.

“Things are in the early stages and we badly need to raise money for the project, but we’re doing all we can to fundraise.”