Our pool won’t shut

Rumours that Cardenden swimming pool could be closed have been quashed

Word has been circulating in the town that the popular facility was set to shut as part of cost-cutting measures by the local authority.

It had been suggested that new pools for Kirkcaldy and Glenrothes could convince Council bosses that Bowhill Swimming Pool was no longer needed as adequate public transport linked the village to other towns — and leisure facilities are provided elsewhere.

But a spokesman for Fife Sports and Leisure Trust - which manages the region’s sport and leisure facilities on behalf of Fife Council - quashed suggestions the pool could shut.

He said: “The Council has confirmed to the Trust that no decision has been made to close any sport and leisure facility - and this includes Bowhill Swimming Pool.”

The pool has seen recently noted record numbers of visitors following major improvements and investments worth over £200,000 in the past two years.

Pool revamped

The 25-metre swimming pool was revamped, while the gym and health suite was fitted with new equipment.

Between April and January, more than 36,000 people went to Bowhill - a35 per cent rise in total attendance from the same period in 2009.

As a result, VisitScotland awarded the pool a three-star rating, while the facilities scored 91 per cent in a mystery shopper survey.

In January, Trust chief executive Ed Watson said: “We are delighted to see the improvements made to Bowhill’s facilities have made a difference to the local community.

“Our efforts to make affordable, top-quality services accessible to the local Cardenden community have been reflected by the increase in centre-goers.

Rising attendances

“The increase in attendance is the real testament and reward for our efforts to provide Cardenden with the best quality leisure services possible.”

Local councillor Mark Hood said he was delighted adding: “I have written to officers requesting that the proposal be shelved permanently as it is important that local people know that the facility will be there for the long term.”