A MEETING to discuss the way forward for disabled parking in Kirkcaldy’s High Street has been hailed as positive.
The groups who attended said it set the tone for future planning after the huge controversy which followed a ban on Blue Badge access to the pedestrianised zone while improvement works were carried out.
The meeting in the Town House on Tuesday, involved representatives from Fife Independent Disability Network, Fife Council’s transportation department, Fife Society for the Blind, Kirkcaldy 4 All and Councillor Alice Soper, chairman of the Kirkcaldy Area Committee.
Councillor Soper, said: “It was basically a preliminary discussion which I had asked for so we could hear from the groups involved exactly what their concerns are and how we can try to find a solution which will suit everyone.
“Disability Network explained that while many people are able enough to use the nearby car parks, it can prove a problem for those with greater mobility problems, particularly if they have to carry shopping.
“We talked about the number of people who use Shopmobility and how well it is used.
“Kirkcaldy 4 All put forward the retail view that they would prefer to see the High Street fully pedestrianised, with more help given to disabled drivers.
“Transportation outlined plans for more disabled parking at the bottom of Whytescauseway, and will also bring back exact figures on how many disabled parking spaces there are - and where they are.’’
She added: “We have set the right tone for the next meeting to look at all these things in more detail.”
Jack Carr from Fife Independent Disability Network welcomed the seminar, adding: “Officials were open to suggestions and willing to listen to all points of view. ‘‘