Local projects move to the delivery phase
Local councillors Mark Hood and Linda Erskine have this week outlined what they described as ‘the next exciting phase’ of a number of projects in Lochgelly. Speaking to the Central Fife Times Mr Hood said ‘a great deal of work has been done over the past 18months on a number of local projects and we are now moving these projects into the delivery phase, where local people will start to see changes. Linda and I have been working with council officers and local groups, attracting funding and working up designs. As a result over the next 6 months we will see nearly £4m worth of projects started in the Lochgelly area.’ The councillors went on outline a number of local projects: Lochgelly HS - Sports Facilities Improvement Mr Hood who is Fife Council Executive member with responsibility for Sport and Physical Activity explained ‘ last week worked started replacing the synthetic pitches at Lochgelly HS with a new 3G surface, this is part of a £200k investment in the sports facilities at Lochgelly High School. This investment will also see a replacement of all of the gym equipment with new state-of-the-art machines, a new cycle-spin studio, improvements to the dance studio and an upgrade of the café area with new seating. This work should be complete by spring next year and will be to the benefit of pupils and the wider community in the evening and at weekends.’ Town House & Town Square Development An investment of £2m will see 16 new council homes built in and around Lochgelly Town house and a new town square at the rear of St. Andrews Church. Mrs Erskine Fife Councils Executive member for Finance explained ‘we made a commitment to a significant new council house build programme in Fife. I’m pleased that we will start to see this making a difference in Lochgelly as we bring the Town House back into use as badly needed housing, this will be accompanied with new homes and a town square that will improve this important part of our town. St Andrews Church Refurbishment A £700k investment in St. Andrews Church will see a redevelopment and a rear extension creating a building ready to house Fife’s first rock climbing facility. Mr Hood said ‘this is an important local building and it’s great to see it being given a new lease of life. As well as being a new facility for local children it will also attract a number of visitors to the town boosting the local development. Work will be starting over the next 6months and hopefully opening its doors in 2016.’ Sunflower Nursery - New Family Nurture Centre ‘Investing in families and in the early years of a child’s development is an important in addressing inequalities in our community’ explained Mrs Erskine. She continued ‘the £750k extension to the Sunflower nursery will create a purpose built facility that will support local families for years to come. The new facility is expected to open its doors in the next 6 months to local families.’ Lochgelly Public Park Redevelopment Cllr Hood praised the work of the Lochgelly community council is helping to pull together plans for the redevelopment of Lochgelly Public park, commenting Mr hood said ‘the work redeveloping Lochgelly public park has been done in partnership with Lochgelly Community council environmental group. As we move into the winter months we will see the work continuing with a new play area for children, a floodlight games area, a sensory garden and a new football pitch. In total the public park will benefit from over £350k in investment. In conclusion Mrs Erskine said ‘The funding that has been allocated by the administration and investment that has attracted will start to deliver projects that will make a huge impact in Lochgelly and the surrounding area for years to come. We will continue to ensure these projects are delivered and keep an eye on other opportunities for our communities.