Funding to repair Fife town hall welcomed

A St Andrews councillor has welcomed the promise of Fife Council money to complete repairs to one of Fife's most prestigious civic buildings.

Tuesday, 16th March 2021, 9:23 am
Updated Tuesday, 16th March 2021, 9:26 am
St Andrews Town Hall. Pic: Google.

Speaking after the Fife Council budget meeting, Cllr JaneAnn Liston said: “St Andrews Town Hall has been shrouded inscaffolding for many months. What began as planned maintenance soonturned into major repairs, when it was discovered that much more work,including treatment for dry rot, was needed than originally thought.”

St Andrews Town Hall, dating from 1858 with a 1964 addition, does not belong to Fife Council but instead forms part of the St Andrews Common Good, which does not have enough funds to cover the repair costs.

Cllr Liston noted that the town hall is, in normal times, very busy, hosting community events from yoga classes to coffee mornings, theatrical performances, meetings and even blood donation sessions and Fife Council information exhibitions.

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“Furthermore,” she continued, “the building houses Fife Contemporary's office and exhibition space while the Burgh Chambers is the Marriage Room where civil weddings are carried out. It is unthinkable that such a building would be lost to the community.”

The St Andrews councillor concluded: “I look forward to seeing the repairs completed and the many St Andrews groups able to return to their usual meeting places inthe town h all.”