Funding secured for Cupar town centre revamp

An artist's impression of the revamped Cross junction in Cupar.
An artist's impression of the revamped Cross junction in Cupar.

PLANS to solve Cupar’s traffic problems have taken a major step forward.

Fife Council has agreed to release the final £800,000 needed to fund the long-awaited town centre revamp.

The £1.6 million project — announced nearly two years ago — will focus on the busy junctions at the Cross, the war memorial and East Bridge, all of which have provoked the ire of motorists in recent years.

But work will only begin when the council negotiates the purchase of the Paterson Bell solicitors’ office on St Catherine Street.

Councillor Andrew Arbuckle, chair of Fife Council’s north east area committee, welcomed news of the funding.

He said: “This project should provide major improvements for Cupar, both for motorists and pedestrians.

“There is still one property to acquire, and the timing of the work will depend on that.”

The design brief states that the aim of the project is to “improve vehicle management through Cupar while facilitating better pedestrian movement”.

It goes on: “A higher quality street scene will be created which emphasises the pedestrian movement provision around key junctions and crossing points.”

Notable aspects of the project include the demolition of the vacant ATS garage, which will allow St Catherine Street to be widened, and the closure of Castlehill Place at the East Bridge end.

Bus stops in the Crossgate will be repositioned and the Mercat Cross is to be raised on to a stepped platform.