What could Cupar do? Answers soon ...

Nick Wright from PAS talking at St Columbia Primary School during one of the charrettes
Nick Wright from PAS talking at St Columbia Primary School during one of the charrettes

The findings from a series of charettes in Cupar are set to be announced at a summit next week by the Cupar Development Trust.

Cupar Could was started with the aim of gauging the opinion of the public about ways to improve the town.

Workshops were held in primary schools Castlehill, St Columba’s and Bell Baxter High School and at the town’s Corn Exchange.

Cupar Development Trust formed last year and has funding from the charity PAS, Fife Council, the Scottish Government and the Big Lottery’s Awards for All fund.

David Kirk, chairman of the trust, said: “The aim of Cupar Could has been to agree a town centre vision for the year 2020 and to identify the projects which would help bring about improvements that are wanted. Ideas have come from young and old, from businesses and from local groups.

“However, now a lot of collaborative effort is going to be required going forward, so the summit is an occasion to share enthusiasm and establish that action plan.”

Gordon Pay, coordinator for Sustainable Cupar Town Development group, said: “I think the title Cupar Could was well chosen. There has to be ambition about how we can develop, but we have to realise that we as a community are going to need to be the major part of making that happen.

“Cupar Could realistically concentrated effort on the town centre. We hope projects are identified - we need some of these to be achievable, but we also hope the vision for Cupar goes further.”

He added that a new walking and cycling bridge linking the train station to the town centre was brought up by a “number of people”.

A spokesman for Cupar Could stressed that the proposals are still in draft, and said: “Please come to discuss how to turn ideas into action.”

The Cupar Could feedback summit is on Thursday (April 21) from 6-8pm at the Corn Exchange.