Kirkcaldy’s Pathhead Sands is to be revitalised as part of a £320,000 transformation of sections of the Fife coastline.
The fresh investment was announced today (Friday) by the Coastal Communities Fund, a UK-wide fund delivered by the Big Lottery Fund scheme which aims to boost the economies of Britain’s coastal communities.
Fife Coast and Countryside Trust (FCCT), which manages and maintains the Fife Coastal Path and Fife’s beaches, has secured funding of £275,000, with the remainder of the funding coming from FCCT and Fife Council.
The news was warmly welcomed by Fife councillors at Kirkcaldy’s Pathhead Sands, which is now set to be upgraded to the standard of other recreational beaches in the area.
The Pathhead project will see the creation of a new car park, the removal of collapsed hard standing, plus a new Coastal Path section linking the Sands with Ravenscraig Park.
Restoration work will be carried out on the site’s beach, dunes and natural habitats, with invasive plants cleared and new interpretation boards giving visitors details of the area’s historical and natural features.
“I’m delighted that Fife Coast and Countryside Trust has been successful in attracting this new investment for the coast,” said Councillor David Ross, Leader of Fife Council.
“I’m particularly pleased that this funding will see the upgrading of Pathhead Sands and connections made to Ravenscraig Park.
“This will improve Pathhead Sands, make this part of the coastal path more attractive to visitors and help to make much more of what should be a valuable asset to Kirkcaldy and to Fife.”
Kirkcaldy East Councillor Arthur Morrison added: “The investment in Pathhead Sands will mean Kirkcaldy will at last have a beach for families, picnics and outdoor enjoyment.
“The improvements have been sorely needed and will hopefully lead to the improvement of more coastal areas for future generations.”
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