PLANS for the £6.5million community center at Abbeyview are finally on the table five years after the project was first presented.
Delays were inevitable due to the pandemic, but after months of consultation with local families, an application has now been submitted for planning approval.
Fife Council first recognized in 2017 that the Tryst and Abbeyview Community Centers needed upgrading to be ready for the future.
The former Abbeyview local council offices have been identified as the best location for the new ‘hub’, located right in the center of Abbeyview, bringing together three buildings.
Extensive consultation took place with the council’s community team, Abbeyview Futures Group and the local community on the project and the stamp of approval was given by the families last month.
This involves the demolition of the Tryst Center and probably also the community center when the hub opens, but this has not yet been agreed.
The former local office will be renovated and the hub is expected to be completed in 2023-24.
A planning statement reads: ‘The proposed design solution for this new facility is the product of the creative development of the original concept in consultation with all stakeholders including the client (Fife Council), Abbeyview Futures Group and local community groups .
“Extensive pre-bid discussions with all parties resulted in a design proposal that meets the needs of both community service and the local community.
“It has been designed within the client’s budget and provides a new modern 21st century multi-user building for the residents of Dunfermline.”
While redevelopment work takes place, Fife Sports and Leisure Trust has confirmed that a studio at the Carnegie Leisure Center will be used to house the existing Tryst Center facilities to provide community learning and support.
The move means users such as the Job Club, Adult Basic Education and Outreach courses at Fife College will continue.
As reported in the press back in October, some community members were concerned that the design of the new hub might not be large enough to meet their needs.
The council engaged in one-on-one consultations with stakeholders to try to find a solution, eventually committing to reconsider the need for an extension of the hub if needed in the future.
Councilor Helen Law told the press: ‘The need for a new facility at Abbeyview has been around for a long time.
“There has been a lot of communication between Abbeyview Futures Group and the community and we have tried to accommodate local groups such as the kids club and disco.
“We have gotten to the point where we have a plan on the table with the commitment that we will be looking to get a games room in a separate proposal in the future.
“There is a real concern that there will be a need for more facilities when the facilities at Woodmill High School are gone.
“There is a promise from Fife Council should the concern materialize and land has been allocated on the site for this.”