ROSYTH Ex-Servicemen’s Club could be transformed into conference and theatre facilities.

Edinburgh-based company RH Hotels PVT Limited has applied to Fife Licensing Board for a major variation to the licence that is already in place at the former club.

The venue, based at the roundabout between Admiralty Road and Queensferry Road has been empty since November last year.

The new premises are expected to be called ‘Crossroads Bar’.

Although a planning application has yet to be submitted, a brief description on the licensing application say conferences, theatre and film facilities will be added.

Danny Hughes, chairman of Rosyth Community Council, said: “We used to call it the wee club but it’s a big building.

“There is a big ballroom upstairs and a lot of other rooms too.

“We discussed this as a council at our last meeting and it’s great to see that it hopefully won’t go derelict.

“It will open the area up and it’s in a great location.

“The building may not look like much from the outside but it’s quite deceptive.

“I was not aware that it would have theatre and film facilities but it sounds great to me!

“It will be brilliant to have something that will be door-to-door for the people of Rosyth. It sounds exciting!

“I don’t think we have had a facility like that since the Palace cinema which must have closed about 40 years ago.”

The long-standing West Fife social club ceased trading on November 25 after being placed in the hands of a liquidator.

It was then put up for sale in January for sale for offers over £120,000 and was marketed as a development opportunity.

Rosyth councillor Tony Orton said: “I am sure in its day the ex-servicemen’s club was a great facility.

“I think it’s a great idea. Now that it’s closed, I would have hated to see it be left like The Yard on Admiralty Road.

“We haven’t seen the details yet but from what I’m hearing, it sounds like it will be a good facility for the town and a positive move.

“I think it will be likely that a licence will be granted because it was a facility that already had one.

“I would expect the applicants have realised it is in a great location in Rosyth and won’t have much competition.

“If someone is going to occupy the building that’s great and if there will be theatre and film facilities, then even better!