Key ‘Ambitions’ for Kirkcaldy laid out

Kirkcaldy High Street.

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Almost a year after a town centre summit was held in Kirkcaldy, councillors were given an update on progress yesterday (Wednesday).

The report which went before members of Kirkcaldy area committee outlined the Kirkcaldy Ambitions Group’s aims for the town, both in the short and long term.

Danny Cepok, area services manager for Kirkcaldy, said the ‘Time for Action’ report “sets out visioning for the town centre and Esplanade” and is the committee’s statement of intent.

The report highlights a number of initiatives which utimately aim towards the creation of a town centre for Kirkcaldy that is “vibrant at all times of the day and evening, and capable of adapting to change over future decades”.

Councillor David Ross said: “I think this is a really good foundation and takes a number of steps forwardbut I think we need to be pushing on. There are some changes since previous reports and some things I think we should maybe be putting in.”

Councillor Susan Leslie raised concerns over the lack of detail the members currently have about the projects and said it was important local councillors were provided with more detail of all the plans before being asked to “rubber stamp” them.

Mr Cepok added: “The Ambitions Group is primarily the group looking to bring projects together and ensure they are delivered.

“Part of the group’s role is about consultation and communication, admittedly we’re going to have to up our game.

This is a clear direction of delivery and gives the group lots more confidence going out and speaking to people about the plans.”

Following a question from David Henderson, Kirkcaldy West Community Council’s chairman, councillors heard what progress, aside from the ‘Time for Action’ report had been made since the summit meeting last summer.

Mr Henderson asked ‘What physical evidence can be seen in Kirkcaldy following the ‘Ambitions’ event last June? None of the eight short term activities identified in the Action Plan appear to have progressed.”

Mr Cepok explained work had been ongoing on a number of the matters.

He said: “It’s a fair and valid point, people want to see a difference and want to see or touch something to see progress is being made.

“I suggest we are getting there.

“Hopefully the community and the public can see things that we are working towards.”

He added: “It will continue to evolve and we’re aiming to have a town centre for the 25th century. There’s no going back.

“We’re not going to have some kind of High Street we have had in the 60s, 70s and 80s, rest assured about that.”