Work on repairing the seawall at Kirkcaldy begins

The sea wall building work starts

The sea wall building work starts

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Work on a £9 million project to redevelop Kirkcaldy’s ageing sea wall has begun with the arrival of contractors on the Esplanade.

The wall is being refurbished and heightened to help protect the promenade and new seating and lighting installed to make it a more attractive place for locals and visitors to enjoy.

The sea wall building work starts

The sea wall building work starts

Two compounds have been set up from which the work will be carried out - one at the Basin car park and the other opposite Volunteers Green.

The first task to repair the wall at the Basin, at the south end of the Esplanade, has started and this will be followed by workers putting the rock armour reventment in place to break up the large waves before they reach the wall.

A Fife Council spokesman said a peak number of around 50 lorries will be involved in carrying the rocks to the promenade at a rate of five lorries an hour over a ten hour day. This will be the maximum number of vehicles and they will arrive via two approved routes - one of them being Rosslyn Street.

But the spokesman stressed it is still very early days with the contractors, VolkerStevin, only recently arriving on site to put the infrastructure in place.

The sea wall building work starts

The sea wall building work starts

People can find out more about what’s happening and ask any questions at a public drop-in office which has been set up on the Esplanade opposite Volunteers Green.

VolkerStevin will be on site until November and will continue after the winter in March until completion in Autumn 2014.