one of Kirkcaldy’s most popular car parks was closed this week so construction work on the town’s new swimming pool complex can begin.
Tolbooth Street car park, which gives direct pedestrian access to the High Street through Barnett’s Vennel, was kept open by Fife Council over the busy festive period, with a small area of 14 spaces sectioned off to begin site preparation work.
But on Wednesday it closed to allow Graham Construction, the contractor carrying out the £15 million project, to move in and prepare the whole site.
The closure was announced six weeks ago, and thousands of information leaflets giving details of alternative car parking within minutes of Tolbooth Street have been given out.
Councillor Alice Soper, chairman of the Kirkcaldy Area Committee, said she hoped the change would be as smooth as possible.
She said: “The public notices went out six weeks ago as well as the leaflets and posters, so people have been kept well informed of the situation and when the closure would take place.
“They have also been well informed about alternative parking in the town centre area.
‘‘We also have additional disabled parking spaces approved on each end of the pedestrianised zone and are working on improving the multi-storey car parks.”
The leaflet outlined 15 alternative car parks with a total of 1727 spaces stretching from Volunteer’s Green in the west end along to the Port Brae in the east.
Andy MacLellan, sports partnership manager, said: “Work is progressing well on the new facility.
‘‘We’ve kept Tolbooth Street car park open for as long as possible to cover the busy Christmas period, and shoppers.
‘‘Visitors are now being asked to use the ample alternative parking in the town so that contractors can continue with the build.”