Breathing new life into shops at Templehall

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1413002 SSFF birnam shops 'shops at Birnam Road, Kirkcaldy

RESIDENTS are to be asked their views at the next stage of an environmental facelift scheme around Birnam Road shops in Templehall.

The move follows a public meeting earlier this year with Oliver and Robb architects who were drawing up the proposals.

Consultations with the local community, groups, schoolchildren and the shopkeepers have resulted in the proposals which will be on display at the shops on Wednesday, July 10 between 2.00 and 4.00 p.m and Saturday, July 13 from 10.00 a.m to noon.

Locals will be asked for their opinions of the proposals which include a re-vamping and landscaping of the area around the shops, improved parking and a new play area to the rear.

Heather Murray, policy co-ordinator with Fife Council, told the Press: “People will have the opportunity to give comments on the proposals which are based on numerous local discussions and say which improvements are of greatest priority.

“Funding will be sought from a variety of sources including Fife Council, Scottish Government, the shop owners and local trusts.”

Dallas Drive Tenants and Residents Association has been working with the Council on the project and will be assisting with this consultation. In addition there will be a consultation on the play equipment for a new play park and residents are to be asked to give their views on the preferred site for this.

Local parents have formed a new group to work with Fife Council to seek children and parents views and assist with fundraising.

Gillian Walters from Dallas Drive Tenants and Residents Association added: “The area around the shops is very dated, with minimal play equipment at the rear and has been looking run-down for some time now.

‘‘It’s great that Fife Council, the shopkeepers and the community are working in partnership to try to make the place attractive. We’re hoping for a good turn out to get as many views as possible.”