TAKE a look inside Cowdenbeath Town House which remains closed to the public with its future use still to be decided.

Fife Council officers and local councillors were recently invited into the building to gain an understanding of its current condition.

The historic building at the north end of the High Street has been empty since council staff moved to Brunton House.

The Times had previously told you that it was likely to become an award-winning social enterprise hub, providing cut-price food as well as life-changing learning and development programmes.

The High Street site was set to be turned into a Community Shop following an approach by the Coalfields Regeneration Trust.

However, it was announced in October that those plans had been withdrawn due to "a number of factors outside of our control, and the ever increasing economic uncertainty and change", said Sarah Roxburgh, the council's community manager for Cowdenbeath.

Photos taken by Cowdenbeath councillor Darren Watt show the current condition inside the building.

He said: "The purpose of the on-site meeting was to establish a better understanding of the current state of the building and the ongoing challenges Fife Council face bringing the facility back into public use.

"Structurally, the building itself is in good, sound condition following an investment of £400,000 getting it wind and watertight, and in a marketable condition.

"Inside, it isn't too dated and is clearly still a good, functional space, albeit not for Fife Council."

Since closing in 2016, Coalfields Regeneration Trust Scotland were the only organisation to show any serious and significant interest to take over the building, however, the plans fell through following a partner organisation pulling out at the last minute.

Cllr Watt said: "We are still no further forward bringing the facility back into use and Fife Council have no interest or use for it, and do not want the associated ongoing costs and liabilities.

"Many people will have plenty of opinions and ideas such as a museum, an education facility, or a health centre, however, these have been extensively exhausted, and we require a fresh and innovative approach going forward.

"Until then, the doors of this much-loved community asset will remain closed, and that is indeed very sad."