£90,000 for new look picnic area

David Henderson, Cllr Susan Leslie and Robbie Blyth.
David Henderson, Cllr Susan Leslie and Robbie Blyth.

Funding has been secured to carry out improvements in the Seafield Beach area to encourage greater use by local residents and visitors.

The £90,000 contribution from Fife Council was secured following talks between the area’s Liberal Democrat councillor Susan Leslie and the Labour administration during budget consultations.

The improvements will involve creating, for the first time, proper routes to access the beach, as well as work to protect the sand dunes. The roads and parking in the area will also be improved.

Cllr Leslie said: “This will add value to the economic regeneration of this area and complete the coastal work that is being done on the sea wall to the start of the Fife Coastal Path.”

The project will be managed by Fife Coastal & Countryside Trust (FCCT) and has the support of Kirkcaldy West Community Council and newly-formed Seafield Residents’ Association. 

Patrick Reddington, chairman of the residents’ association, said it was thrilled to be involved in a major project which would benefit hugely the community.

And David Henderson, chairman of the community council, said his organisation was keen to play an active role, and would be applying for funding from other sources for some additional items, such as new picnic tables.

Robbie Blyth, FCCT coastal team leader, added: “We now have an excellent opportunity to develop the site which will benefit residents and visitors to Kirkcaldy.”

Local SNP councillor George Kay also welcomed the development of the Seafield Beach area, saying it was another boost in the regeneration of Invertiel and Seafield.