Fife Council has finally granted the release of funds for building work to Markinch Bowling Club, reports NEIL HENDERSON.
Club officials had previously been disappointed to have had their request for £7,331 put ‘on ice’ by Fife Council’s Glenrothes Area Committee.
The club can now commence the necessary building works which will replace the existing felt roof with a maintenance free PVC membrane that will last upwards of 30 years.
Council officials who had deferred consideration of the application at the previous meeting in August to await further information concerning clarification of the club’s financial position.
Details of their membership and fee structure and a full breakdown of who in the community would benefit from the use of the club building was also required.
Markinch Community Council continued to appose the application partially due to not being able to cover the request without breaking into reserves.
Chair of the committee, Councillor Fiona Grant was pleased by the club’s financial situation and said: “My concerns have been allayed. The club is not running at a loss.”
Councillor John Beare who voted to approve the request along with Councillor Kay Morrison said: “The bowling club have demonstrated to us that they are on an absolutely sound financial footing. I think this is a fantastic investment for the club and its guests.”
Bowling Club committee member, Jack Harley was both pleased an relieved that the finance had finally been granted. Following the meeting he told the Gazette: “It’s fantastic news, this work will benefit the whole of the Markinch community with a host of groups that use the clubs facilities.”
He added: “Work will start straight away.”