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Community views to help transform area

Derek Mackay (Minister for Local Government and Planning), Julian Farrar (Ironside Farrar Consultants), Cllr Lesley laird, Cllr Neil Crooks

Derek Mackay (Minister for Local Government and Planning), Julian Farrar (Ironside Farrar Consultants), Cllr Lesley laird, Cllr Neil Crooks

An ambitious project to involve the local community in plans to transform an area of the Lang Toun has been announced by Fife Council.

A Kirkcaldy charrette - a meeting or workshop devoted to a concerted effort to solve a problem or plan the design of something - will be held in February to help plan the future land use for the Victoria Road, Nairn Street and Smeaton Industrial Estate area.

It’s hoped that the event will help create a deliverable plan for the area for the next 20 years.

The Kirkcaldy Charrette was launched at an event held at the town’s St Bryce Kirk on Tuesday evening, with local politicians attending along with Derek Mackay, Minister for Local Government and Planning.

Cllr Lesley Laird said: “This is a really productive way to bring everyone involved in an area together to create a shared idea of how to move forward in their community.

“As part of the project, a series of design workshops will be held over multiple days next year. Local people will be able to discuss issues affecting their area, then create and agree a realistic way forward on how their area should be developed or changed. A design team will work directly with the local community and others to deliver this.

“I really want to encourage as many people from the community as possible to take the opportunity to get involved and help shape the future for this area of the town.”

Cllr Neil Crooks, chairman of Kirkcaldy area committee, added: “The Kirkcaldy Charrette will revitalise and breathe new life into this part of Kirkcaldy.

“Everyone in Kirkcaldy wants to see something done with this area and make best use of the land that’s there. Transforming an area like this will take time over a number of years so it’s not just about the Council deciding what should be done or creating a plan in isolation. It’s about bringing the community and everyone with an interest together to share ideas and issues, so it’s vitally important that everyone – young and old - is involved.”

 

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