New look for Kirkcaldy shops

Local ward councillors David Ross, Neil Crooks  and Carol Lindsay at the shops at Birnam Road which are set  to receive a makeover
Local ward councillors David Ross, Neil Crooks and Carol Lindsay at the shops at Birnam Road which are set to receive a makeover

Work is under way to improve the exterior of Birnam Road shops in Templehall, Kirkcaldy thanks to funding from the Kirkcaldy Area Committee.

The run down appearance of the shops is set to be a thing of the past once structural and cosmetic work to replace the columns and repair the canopy outside the row of shop units is complete.

Councillor Neil Crooks, chairman of the committee, said he is delighted that work has begun.

He said: “This project has been years in the making and is testament to the dogged determination of the local councillors and community, particularly the Dallas Drive Tenants & Residents Association.

“We started on this journey around seven years ago and there were several obstacles along the way that made it feel like it might never happen.

“Difficulties aside though, we had great support from various Council officers who really went the extra mile to help build a solid business case for investment.

“It’s thanks to the ideas of local people, and their involvement in shaping these proposals and plans, that we’ve got a programme of works that doesn’t just focus on building maintenance but will improve the surrounding area for everyone.”

He added: “A secure service area behind the shops is being created alongside resurfacing work to the front and side of the shops and a new service bay.

“Seating, shrub beds and new parking bays will also be added to the area to help provide a pleasant environment for people to enjoy and hopefully help increase footfall to the shops.”