THE contractor for the new £15 million swimming pool complex in Kirkcaldy is to be announced shortly.
And Fife Council says construction work will start on November 14 with a view to phasing the early works to allow most of the popular Tolbooth Street car park to remain open in the run-up to Christmas.
Councillor Brian Goodall, chairman of the housing and communities committee, said: “I can confirm that we’re close to being able to formally announce the appointment of the preferred contractor to deliver this brand new, state-of-the-art facility.
“We’ve also taken on board the views of Kirkcaldy 4 All and other High Street retailers about the value of having the Tolbooth Street public car park available during what we’re all hoping will be a busy Christmas shopping period for Kirkcaldy town centre.
“We’re intending, therefore, to enter into discussions with the successful company to see if there’s a way of approaching the initial stages of the contract that would allow the continued use of the majority of the car park up until the end of December.”
Councillor Alice Soper, chairman of the Kirkcaldy area committee, added: “We’re looking forward to providing Kirkcaldy with an iconic sports and leisure centre that takes full advantage of a simply stunning position on the Esplanade and which will also be well placed to contribute to the wider regeneration of the town centre.
“It will significantly enhance sports provision in the town and will boast an impressive array of facilities, including a 25 metre, six-lane swimming pool with poolside spectating for 90 people and a 17 metre training pool with underwater moveable floor, as well as many more features such as the gym hall and children’s play area.
“I am pleased that we have been able to take the view of Kirkcaldy 4 All into account and that it seems it may be possible to retain use of the car park until the end of the year.”