Three different proposals revealed for re-development of Leven town centre

Layout 1 proposes moving the taxi rank
Layout 1 proposes moving the taxi rank
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The Leven charette town planning event took place over two years ago, and now Fife Council has revealed a choice of three proposals for changes to the town centre area.

At the time of the charette, residents and business owners called for better links to the promenade, retail park and pedestrian routes to Buckhaven and Methil.

All three plans propose creating a new pathway from Sainsbury's to the High Street through Bridge street

All three plans propose creating a new pathway from Sainsbury's to the High Street through Bridge street

The plans which have been revealed this week go some way to offering just that. Focusing primarly on the areas of Bridge Stree and Shorehead, officers at the council hope the new town centre layout could attract more visitors and new business owners, and encourage them to stay a little longer.

David Paterson, area services manager for Levenmouth explained: “This is the main artery into the town, and a whole load of footfall comes into the bus station every day, as well as being the main area that people see when they drive by, so we want to make sure it is presented in as good a way as it can be.”

Three layouts have been proposed: the first details a new position for the taxi rank, which currently sits next to the bus station, instead bringing it behind the terminal building. It also features a new footway linking Sainsbury’s and the retail park along the south side of Bridge Street and straight into the High Street. The Shorehead will also see a widening of pavements to make it more pedestrian friendly, however this will result in the loss of carparking spaces.

The second layout includes the same changes to the taxi rank, but the Shorehead remains unchanged. The footpath still features on Bridge Street, however in this instance it would be constructed on the north side of the street.

we want local people to come up with what they think is best.

Finally, layout three keeps the path on the south side of Bridge Street, but the taxi rank is moved into the Shorehead carpark area, meaning people do not have to cross the carpark to access it.

The Shorehead carpark is also extended to include more spaces, with a new entrance created at the back of the bus station.

The plans have already been sent out to community groups, councillors and traders, but the council is keen to get feedback from residents and those who visit the town centre.

“The three plans which are there all have slightly different variations, but all are on the same theme,” said David. “ So we want local people to come up with what they think is best.”

As part of layout 3, the taxi rank would move slightly and the car park at the Shorehead would be made bigger

As part of layout 3, the taxi rank would move slightly and the car park at the Shorehead would be made bigger

Money for the redevelopment of the area has already been set aside, but before work can start, David said there must be agreement from all the groups involved.

“With potential new housing on north street, hopefully new ownership of the old Three Ways Inn and better connections to the retail park, this whole area could see huge regeneration,” he said.

Although these plans do not include proposals for the Promenade or the Leven Valley Green Loop as detailed in the charette, David confirmed that planning work is on-going for re-development of these areas too. 
The council is hoping to hold a drop in session for the public to comment on the plans, however a date is still to be set. To view the plans in detail visit Leven library or contact David on 03451 55 55 55 (ext) 493928.