Kirkcaldy leisure centre parking - now have your say!

Work is continuing over parking problems at Kirkcaldy Leisure Centre
Work is continuing over parking problems at Kirkcaldy Leisure Centre

Discussions are ongoing to try to resolve problems surrounding parking at Kirkcaldy Leisure Centre.

Members of the public have complained that finding parking spaces near the £15m pool and gym can be problematic - and Kirkcaldy Area Committee has been meeting regularly with Fife Sports and Leisure Trust to find a solution.

Now the trust has issued a questionnaire which centre users are being asked to complete.

And Councillor Neil Crooks, chairman of the area committee, says he hopes the results will give a clearer picture.

He said. “When the centre was built one of the planning conditions was that the Esplanade car park would then have a pedestrian exit onto the promenade, which has been done.

“I have since had a meeting with the Trust and the Council’s transportation department over the issue of people using the car park after 6.00 p.m. to go to the leisure centre.”

Transportation wants to see steps taken to ensure the safety of members of the public using the car park at night - but the Trust said that it is not its responsibility to man the gates.

A possible solution of CCTV linked to the leisure centre has been sugggested.

Cllr Crooks said: “That’s not happened as yet, but as you can see we are still having lengthy discussions and there are issues which will hopefully be resolved.”

The Trust has also mooted the idea of using car parks on the other side of the dual carriageway.

“The Esplanade car parks A and B were out of action for two years while the seawall was getting built,” said Cllr Crooks.

“One of the suggestions is to have free parking there after 3.30 p.m. for those who come to classes at the centre in the evening, as they seem to be the group who are experiencing the most inconvenience.

“This new survey is running for a month.

“People can fill in at the centre, and then the Trust can report back with their findings.

“We are continuing to work hard at this.

“As a Council we are keen to see a parking plan put in place which will help to support the Trust.”