£150,000 to help fund Kirkcaldy projects

Birnam Road shops
Birnam Road shops

Around £150,000 of cash awards will be used to finance improvements in everything from rundown shops in Templehall to helping fund Kirkcaldy’s third annual Carnival.

The funding requests were approved by councillors on Kirkcaldy area committee this week and have been hailed as “good news” for the town and its environs.

Among the applications approved was £113,000 from various Council-managed budgets to fund environmental improvements at the Birnam Road shops, including creating a special service bay and parking in front of the block, planting shrub beds and installing seating, and providing a secure service area behind the shops.

Councillors agreed that the money would come from various budgets, including Poverty Action, Fairer Scotland, Local Community Planning, Housing Estate Action and the Anti Poverty Fund.

Hayfield Community Centre will get £20,000 to enable it to deliver its ambitious renovation project for the benefit of the local community, while £6500 was also granted from the Community Planning budget to employ a consulting engineering geologist to prepare a report on costs to repair and prevent further erosion to a section of the rock cliff face overlooking Dysart harbour.

Councillors also agreed that £15,000 be given to help finance next year’s Kirkcaldy Carnival which annually attracts top class performers from all over the world to participate in the colourful one-day spectacle.

And Kinghorn’s newly formed Coastal Rowing Club will be delighted to be given £4000 from the area’s Common Good Fund to help towards the costs of establishing the club, including buying 
and building a boat for the current 80-90 people who have expressed an interest in taking part in the growing pastime.

Commenting on the grants, Councillor Neil Crooks, chairman of the Kirkcaldy area committee, said: “Finally we are getting to the point where we are starting to spend the money we have locally.

“These are all good news stories for our local communities which should bring real and tangible improvements both for people in the areas concerned and further