THE foundations and steel frame for the long-awaited new sports hall at Port Seton Centre are now in place.

Work on the £1 million extension started last October and is due to be completed by July.

The erection of the steel frame means residents can see how big the new sports hall will be.

Councillor Jim Goodfellow, cabinet member for community wellbeing, said: “Port Seton Centre is a much-used and valued facility in the heart of this community and there has been a long-held desire to expand its footprint to increase leisure access.

“Our investment will support existing services and also allow new activities to be developed.

“I’m pleased to see the progress that has been made so far and look forward to watching it continue to take shape.”

Marlene Love from the Port Seton Community Centre management committee said: “I’m absolutely delighted to finally see the extension happening.

“It’s been needed for so long and it’s been a lot of work to make it happen.

“ I’m so pleased to see it coming to fruition.”

Following feedback from the local community, East Lothian Council commissioned a sports hall feasibility study, which identified that the sports and leisure facilities at the existing centre were not good enough.