Funds pledged for town centre revamp

COUNCILLORS were yesterday (Thursday) set to stump up the remaining cash that will help transform Cupar’s congestion-blighted town centre.

Fife Council’s environment, enterprise and transportation committee was asked to rubber stamp the final £0.8 million of funding after the same amount was granted by another committee earlier this year.

But work will not start until the council has negotiated the purchase of the Paterson Bell solicitors’ office on St Catherine Street.

It has already bought the adjoining former ATS garage.

Plans to revamp the town centre include: Widening the junction at the east end of St Catherine Street; Allowing priority two-way traffic flow on the A91 main road, with side roads giving way; Taking out the traffic signals at the Cross; the War Memorial and East Burnside; Replacing the signals with give way junctions and controlling traffic at peak times with pedestrian crossings away from the junctions; Allowing the pedestrian crossings to operate on a demand-only basis outwith peak times.

Improvements to the streetscape will include moving the Mercat Cross onto a raised platform featuring ‘up-lighting’.

Council officials say the revamp will ‘reduce traffic congestion and improve the streetscene to greatly enhance Cupar town centre’.

Welcoming the release of the remaining funds, Cupar councillor Margaret Kennedy described the project as “much needed”.

She said: “I am delighted that the full funds have been secured for the Cupar town centre traffic reconfiguration.

“This work has been viewed as a priority by the administration.

“I am hopeful that all those involved in the discussions around the land acquisition will move forward positively to enable this much needed project to go ahead.”