Scouts to succeed in council property sale

JUMPING FOR JOY: Scouts outside the Wayside Hall
JUMPING FOR JOY: Scouts outside the Wayside Hall

SCOUTS in Woodside are set to benefit from a Fife Council property sale reports, NEIL HENDERSON.

The 50th Fife Scout Group have succeeded in their business proposal to take over the use and running of Wayside Hall in Balbirnie Road as part of the Fife Council’s Community Halls and Centres Review.

Woodside scouts hall, glenrothes'left brian henderson 'sep 2010'staffpic

Woodside scouts hall, glenrothes'left brian henderson 'sep 2010'staffpic

Councillors recently approved the asset transfer, which is part of ongoing cost cutting measures, saying ‘the proposal represented a very good use for the asset and addressed local issues and Community Ownership ideals.’

The decision now clears the way for the group, who fought off bids from seven other organisations, to move in September, once the legal paperwork has been completed.

Scout Leader, Brian Henderson is delighted that their extensive proposal for the hall has succeeded and added: “This decision will not only benefit the scouts now but also hopefully be a focal point for the wider community.

“We have had to prove those at Fife House that we can be financially viable, that we can continue to maintain the building and that we can put it to a suitable use within the local community.

“At present we have about fifty youngsters but with the Wayside Hall being situated closer to the local residential area, it’ll give us a chance to attract more kids.”

The Scouts started the original lease on their present home in Woodside Road from the then Glenrothes District Corporation back in 1961 and have in recent times successfully campaigned to have the current hall’s roof replaced.

It is yet to be decided what use, if any the current scout hut will be put to and Brian was quick to praise the ongoing support: “I must thank the local community who have supported us for many years and also the Glenrothes District Arts Endowment Trust who have donated £2,000 to help with future activities.”