Pitching in for new synthetic surface at Kirkcaldy High

Cllr Crooks and Cllr Carrington at the locked up astro turf. Pic: FPA
Cllr Crooks and Cllr Carrington at the locked up astro turf. Pic: FPA

Work on a new all-weather synthetic turf pitch at Kirkcaldy High is due to start this month.

The move comes after the administration included £200,000 in this year’s budget to replace the current surface at the school, which had to be shut down because of its poor condition.

Councillor Neil Crooks, member for Kirkcaldy north and chairman of the town’s area committee, told The Press only recently agreement was made on a 40mm carpet which allows for a wider use of activities other than just football and rugby.

He said: “I was devastated when news broke that the all weather-pitch had to be shut down due to its poor condition and the unacceptable risks to public safety.

“I asked for the replacement be treated as a priority and I am delighted with the response from our staff, who manage the procurement and project delivery.

“Work will start on site this month and (weather permitting) will be completed by Christmas. The pitch is almost constantly used by the school and the community and is the only one currently in the Kirkcaldy area.”

He said approval and funding is in place for a similar pitch at Burntisland and there are also two synthetic pitches planned for the new Viewforth development at Windmill Road. Cllr Crooks said these will begin to address the shortfall of these facilities in the area.

He added: “We really need to ensure effective maintenance regimes are in place to ensure the pitches have a decent life expectancy.”

Derek Allan, rector at Kirkcaldy High, said: “I am really happy with this investment. PE is hugely important and a successful part of the curriculum. It is very popular in school and it is great to have options – pupils select which activities interest them.”