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Kirkcaldy town square could host events

Kirkcaldy town square could host events

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Fife Council has received funding from Architectural & Design Scotland (A&DS) to pilot a new project in towns across Fife - and Kirkcaldy is set to benefit.

The local authority was successful in its bid for £12,000 of Stalled Spaces funding which will be matched by £12,000 from the Town Centre Development Unit.

The project was initially trialed in Glasgow as part of a legacy following the Commonwealth Games 2014.

Due to its success, A&DS is now rolling it out across Scotland, with six other local authorities successful in their bids for cash.

Andrew Walker, of Fife Council’s development services, explained the main concept behind the project, which is expected to launch in the new financial year in 2015.

“The whole point of the scheme is to specifically focus on spaces in the town centre.

“We want to make this as community based as possible, and although the funding pot is quite small, local groups have an opportunity to get a little bit of money to do something in an area they might think is a bit of an eyesore.

“This could be anything from a community garden to a pop-up type event like a theatre group show or an outdoor cinema.”

“These are temporary things to reactivate the space and to show people the potential it has.

“Depending on the popularity of the pilot project, there is the potential there for more funding from the local area committees.

“Our main aim is for this to be about the people, because this will impact upon them - it’s not about us dictating on how these spaces should be used.

“It’s about community empowerment, and giving locals power and influence over things that matter to them”

Fife Council will publish more details for local groups who might want to get involved in the new year, but for more information on the project, go to www.ads.org.uk/access/features/stalled-spaces-scotland.