Ballast Bank. The home of Inverkeithing Hillfield Swifts. The two go hand in hand. And in the coming months and years, the bond could be about to strengthen. The club is taking steps to look into the possibility of taking facility ownership from Fife Council and seeks the backing of local residents.
The Community Empowerment (Scotland) Act 2015 enables community organisations to request the ownership, lease or management of publicly owned buildings or land, whether or not these are available for sale or deemed surplus to requirements.
We have identified that the Ballast Bank Community Centre is currently under used, lacks investment and is currently being run at a significant financial loss to Fife Council.
As a major community organisation with over 500 members we plan to engage with all the current users of the centre and the wider community to open the centre 7 days per week, enhance the facilities through investment for all users and develop the range of services that the centre currently provides for the benefit of Inverkeithing and the wider community. We plan to work with the local community to improve:
- Regeneration of services for young people
- Public health and wellbeing
- Social wellbeing and tackling anti social behaviour
- Developing Sport for all in the local area
We are using this platform as an initial community consultation from local people and by signing this Petition we can evidence to Fife Council that our proposal & initial community consultation is supported by the residents of Inverkeithing and surrounding areas.