TIMES remain challenging for Kirkcaldy town centre but there have been a lot of positive activities and improvements over the past year.
That’s the view of Bill Harvey, manager with Kirkcaldy4All, the Business Improvement District (BID) set up in 2010 to support initiatives in the town centre.
He said the board is committed to making a difference despite the difficulties in the current economic climate. He made the comments following the group’s AGM which took place last week.
Mr Harvey told The Press about some of the successful events which have benefited the town over the past 12 months. He said: “It’s hard to stay positive in today’s economic climate but there has been a lot of good work done over the past year.
‘’The Halford Tour Series which was a great success. We are looking to bring it back next year and possibly in 2014 as well. There was a lot of competition to secure the tour series so we were really pleased to be able to bring it to Kirkcaldy.
“The Business Development Grants for smaller businesses proved to be popular - we’ve had 40 sign up, and had really good feedback with a lot of businesses able to carry out improvements with the funding.
‘‘There was also the town centre summit and the motorbike races on Kirkcaldy beach which we promoted.
‘‘They generated a lot of interest with enthusiasts from across Scotland and England coming along - and because it was a success we are planning to hold it again next May.”
He also highlighted the floral displays which have enhanced the town centre, resulting in an award from Beautiful Scotland - Kirkcaldy4All was awarded a silver prize in the BID category and was part of the Kirkcaldy West team that was also awarded a silver accolade.
But while there were a lot of positives, there was also bitter disappointment; the collapse of the 2012 Kirkcaldy Comedy Festival.
Mr Harvey said: “The two weeks that ran were successful and the acts were well received.
‘‘But what happened was a real disappointment for the town and it took the shine off what we are trying to achieve.”
But despite this, he said the board is now looking ahead to the future.
He added: “We can sit back and watch the demise of the town centre or we can work together using whatever limited resources available to try and do something to lift the town.
‘‘I am quite passionate about that.”