'Growing concerns' over Fife leisure centre still closed after lockdown

Beacon Leisure Centre (Pic: Fife Photo Agency)Beacon Leisure Centre (Pic: Fife Photo Agency)
Beacon Leisure Centre (Pic: Fife Photo Agency)
One of Fife’s popular sports centres remains closed - with no indication when its doors may open.

The Beacon Leisure Centre in Burntisland is the only facility run by Fife Sports & Leisure Trust (FSLT) yet to re-start after lockdown.

Councillors were told today that significant challenges posed by the structure of the building to meet social distancing rules have yet to be solved.

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The delay does not affect the facility’s synthetic turf pitches.

The Beacon was the at the end of the trust’s phased return of all facilities, and was scheduled to return from lockdown in October.

Its delayed return has sparked fears over its future.

Burntisland councillor, Gordon Langlands, raised the issue at today’s full meeting of Fife Council, stating: “There are growing concerns by residents regarding the continuing closure of the Beacon Leisure Centre and in particular the swimming pool.”

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He sought an update on any short term solutions which have been identified to allow the opening of swimming pool in 2021 - and what the long-term future held.

Councillor Judy Hamilton, convener of communities and housing services, said inspections had taken place in late October on the pool, plant and operational practices, and that the trust was waiting on a report before making any decision on the Beacon’s next steps.

She added: “I cannot set out a date for its re-opening but I am very focussed on updating local community on any parts of the building that can be used in 2021.

“We are approaching it with caution and cannot compromise safety in anyway.”

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