WORK is underway to keep Alloa Leisure Bowl, the council leader confirmed after officer proposals looked to pull the plug on the Wee County’s swimming pool.

Alternative options for leisure provision are also being investigated, it emerged after the SNP administration’s leader Councillor Ellen Forson met with MSP Keith Brown to discuss the unpopular savings.

The options were put forward by staff to help guide elected members as they look to set Clackmannanshire Council’s budget for 2019-20.

Mr Brown has received “firm assurances” that plans to close two local schools at Coalsnaughton and Fishcross will not be taken forward.

Cllr Forson, who welcomed the discussions, said: “The SNP administration are working on proposals to keep the Leisure Bowl open while alternative options for leisure provision are explored.”

As previously highlighted, petitions against the move drew thousands of supporters, even if the council cannot officially accept the one from the website, and around 80 jobs are at risk on top of the facilities.

Popular at the Leisure Bowl are the six indoor bowling rinks used by various local clubs, gyms, the café and what is understood to be the county’s only public swimming pool – well used each week by Alloa Swimming Club.

The budget is due to be put forward by the SNP in the near-future and with seven members in minority administration against 10, potentially, in opposition, it will need to win some support in other corners of the chamber.