HUnter Street set for a Christmas makeover

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Traders in Kirkcaldy’s Hunter Street are looking forward to a brighter Christmas this year after a promise of some Christmas decorations.

Kirkcaldy4All has met with a number of traders from the street to discuss their concerns that they were missing out on the festive spirit because they don’t have any Christmas lights or decorations that the High Street shops enjoy.

And the company, set up to promote and improve the town centre area, has offered to pay for a large Christmas tree to be put on the street on the decking outside Pane e Vino Italian restaurant.

Lynn Reid, owner of Wild Orchid the flower shop, said: “We had a meeting and a lot of the traders felt that we were being left out because there were no Christmas lights and no festive atmosphere.

“It will be good to have a tree, but we would also like more lights because there are only three lamp-posts and when it gets dark it can get really gloomy. We would also like some kind of a sign at the end of the street letting people know the shops that are in the street to attract them along.”

Bill Harvey, manager at Kirkcaldy4All said he hoped a tree could be put in place in the next week or so.

“The problem with the lights has been that the company which owns the lamp posts won’t let anything be strung from them. To attach lights to the outside of the buildings would require planning permission.

“We have been in touch with the lights suppliers to see what other options would be available.

“Hopefully by working together we can overcome these problems.’’