New look for vital Kirkcaldy road

3411065 hendry roundabout 'site of the new mega-roundabout at the top of Hendry Road, Kirkcaldy
3411065 hendry roundabout 'site of the new mega-roundabout at the top of Hendry Road, Kirkcaldy

ONE of Kirkcaldy’s busiest junctions is to be completely re-designed.

A new roundabout is to be built at the junctions of Hendry Road, Chapel Level and Rosemount Avenue.

Councillors approved plans to construct a large roundabout to pick up the two T-junctions where Chapel Level meets Hendry Road and Rosemount Avenue as part of major road improvement works at Kirkcaldy area committee yesterday (Wednesday).

Under the proposals, Rosemount Avenue would be stopped up at its existing junction and would be realigned, becoming an extended part of Barassie Drive.

Hendry Road would be stopped up and realigned to the west - and both would meet at a new roundabout, the centre of which would be approximately mid way between the two original junctions.

New rear access to Muttonhall

Cottages from the part of Rosemount Avenue that would remain open would be provided under the plans.

Elspeth Cook, planning officer, said the roundabout is ‘essential’ to deliver the dualling of Chapel Level.

She said: “The development is part of the overall scheme to improve access to the expanding Victoria Hospital and to improve the circulation of traffic into and around the town centre.”

The committee heard 12 letters of objection had been received, with 10 from residents at Muttonhall Cottages regarding the new access.

Ms Cook explained this was a private issue to be resolved by the property owners and transportation services as the applicants.

Councillor David Ross said: “It is regrettable that we are losing so much mature planting, but I’m kind of reassured to some extent about the landscaping and additional tree planting going in there.

There’s always been a difficulty exiting Dunnikier Estate. I had reservations on going to a roundabout that’s not signal controlled as it’s nose to tail in the mornings going to the school, but they [transportation] have been giving me the assurances this will flow properly and given the other measures in place it will improve the exit.”

Councillor Ross also raised concerns over road safety in the area, particularly with Kirkcaldy High School nearby.

Councillor Neil Crooks added a continued open dialogue between councillors, officers and the public was ‘critical’ and ‘key’ to the development.