Have your say on final phase of Kirkcaldy High Street regeneration

Pop into the visitor cabin in the east end
Pop into the visitor cabin in the east end

Residents, traders and shoppers are being urged to make their views known on plans for the final phase of Kirkcaldy High Street’s regeneration.

Proposals for phase three of the High Street renovation works, from Charlotte Street to Nicol Street, are now out for public consultation.

And a new visitors’ cabin will be in the area for people to complete their surveys.

It opened on Monday and will remain available until tomorrow (Friday), with Council staff available from 10.00 a.m. until 2.00 p.m. each day and from 4.00-7.00 p.m. today (Thursday).

The consultation will allow the Council to have plans in place that include what the public wants so it is ready to proceed with the work when funding becomes available.

Traders expressed their disappointment, but no surprise, last summer when it was revealed that there was no cash available to carry out the final phase of the High Street upgrade at that time.

Councillor Neil Crooks, chairman of Kirkcaldy area committee, said:” It’s important when we spend public money that there is a positive outcome which people appreciate.

‘‘There is no doubt that the first two phases have transformed the hard landscape on High Street, but it has not been a painless process.

“I would urge people to take part in the online consultation to ensure that phase three will add value to the shopping experience and entice more pedestrian traffic towards shops like those in the Olympia Arcade and The Duchess.”

Fife Council has distributed flyers around local shops and encouraged local traders to put forward their views as they will be the ones mainly affected by the work - and the eventual outcome.

On the first few days of the consultation process around a dozen people visited the display, while 25 online questionnaires, which started the week before, had been filled in.

Visitors were asked for their opinion on subjects including whether pavements should be widened at the Charlotte Street crossroads, increasing the number of parking spaces, where loading bays should be situated, the siting of street furniture and art, where Christmas decorations should go and the materials which should be used in the work.

The upgrading work plans to mirror the east end of the High Street, with specialist slabs imported from China, and the possibility of parking bays made from blocks of granite as opposed to the cheaper tarmac option, although this is one of the questions up for debate.

Tim Masters, lead professional for projects, said: “These plans have been around for some time, but we wanted to get more local involvement.

‘‘We hope people will take the time to let us know what they want to see.”

The online consultation , which closes on March 31, can be accessed at www.fifedirect.org.uk/kdyphase3.