Is Kirkcaldy town centre’s discount parking about to end?

Picture by Andrew O'Brien
Picture by Andrew O'Brien

Kirkcaldy town centre’s discount parking charges project could be abandoned.

The initiative was launched in 2015, but now Kirkcaldy Area Committee will meet next week with a recommendation that it comes to an end in March.

Fifers were offered discount season tickets and two hours of parking for £1 in a bid to bring more people into the town centre.

But while it enjoyed positive support, the increase in numbers hasn’t been sustained.

On Tuesday, councillors face the difficult decision whether to continue with the discounts ... or call time on them and revert back to the region-wide charges from April 1.

Neil Crooks, chairman, said it was a tough issue to consider.

He said: “Data suggests that the parking initiative may have helped to sustain the overall number of people parking in the town centre during a period of difficult trading conditions. However, we need to be mindful that an initial increase in parking demand has subsided and that there is a wider review of car parking across Fife under way.

“This is a difficult report for the committee to consider and there are a lot of factors at play. We need to discuss how best to meet the long-term challenges Kirkcaldy town centre faces and invest in parking in a sustainable way. It has certainly been a useful exercise and the results will help us to reach that decision.”