Ambitions being realised for Kirkcaldy town centre

West end of High Street Kirkcaldy
West end of High Street Kirkcaldy

A £750,000 investment has been agreed to deliver the final phase of the town centre public realm improvements to Kirkcaldy’s High Street area.

The High Street work is a key project in the ‘Time for Action’ plan drawn up by the Kirkcaldy’s Ambitions group, which was established following a successful Kirkcaldy Town Centre Summit held in June 2012.

And confirmation of the funding comes just ahead of a follow-up summit to be held at Kirkcaldy Town House on Tuesday, December 2.

Retailers and business people in the town centre have been invited to the consultation event to review what has been done so far, and allow them to put forward ideas of further improvements they would like to see.

Councillor Neil Crooks, chairman of Fife Council’s Kirkcaldy area committee and Kirkcaldy’s Ambitions, said the improvements were already having an impact on the town centre.

“The percentage of empty retail space in Kirkcaldy town centre is less than in Dunfermline,” he said. “It’s the first time I can remember that being the case.

“It’s about making Kirkcaldy a better place to visit and spend your money.”

The first phase of the public realm improvements covered the east end of High Street, while the second phase concentrated mainly on the pedestrianised zone.

This final phase will see improvements carried out at the west end of High Street.

Kirkcaldy area committee last month approved a contribution of £350,000 to deliver the final phase, and on Tuesday, the Council’s executive committee agreed the other £400,000 could come out of a road maintenance fund.

Cllr Crooks: “This part of High Street was probably the worst going back a few years.

“But recently there have been a number of new businesses setting up there.

“I believe they were attracted when they saw that there was money to be spent upgrading that part of town.”

It’s expected work on the final phase will start in May 2015.