Our street – as we want it

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RESIDENTS in a Templehall street could soon see a change when they look out their windows, after they were chosen to re-design their own street.

Locals on Katrine Crescent in Kirkcaldy have been chosen for a pioneering project which aims to make neighbourhoods more liveable, after they showed huge enthusiasm over the idea.

The ambitious project, run by charity Sustrans Scotland and Fife Council, hopes to help residents tackle issues in their own streets and promote a sense of community.

Mark Chalmers, project officer at Sustrans, said: “We’ve had a great response from people on Katrine Crescent, and we think there’s real potential to enable people to re-think their street so it becomes a better, more sociable and safer place to live.”

Problems

The tenants and homeowners will be looking at problems they feel exist in the area and they will be offered help from Sustrans and the Council to re-design their street to help solve the problems.

Issues already identified by residents include parking problems, lack of tree maintenance, a shortage of play-space for children and speeding cars.

The initial design process will run until August this year, with construction in the area planned after that.

Regeneration

Although the project is primarily about regeneration, community safety officers have welcomed the plans, which are also expected to help improve safety in the area.

Mark McCall, community safety operations manager with Fife Community Safety Partnership, said: “We have worked with the community in Templehall over a number of years to provide a safer environment for people living in and visiting the area. This initiative will build upon what has been achieved to date.”