Comment: Time to start next chapter for Kirkcaldy's town centre
It’s time to talk about the next chapter for our town and get ready to make things happen.
The final steps out of lockdown co-incide with the first year of Love Our Lang Toun - the company now at the forefront of driving our town centre forward.
It is about to unveil its three-year plan which will start to bring together all the strands of progress which have been made this far.
Our town centre remains a work in progress, and some developments will still take years to deliver - but it emerges from lockdown with fresh impetus and renewed enthusiasm as we move into Spring.
This week saw a number of businesses start to blow the dust off their shelves and get ready for the gradual return to daily life.
Some took the opportunity for a refit, others for a re-paint - but, regardless of the scale of the work, the sight of people once more in shops was the first real indication that restrictions are finally easing.
We need our bars and restaurants re-open to rekindle a night time of economy that has been largely mothballed since March 2020 - the complete lack of traffic each evening underlines just how badly lockdown has hit the hospitality sector and all the businesses it supports.
We our churches and civic centres open once more, and we need people back in our town centre to eat, meet and greet.
There is no better time to start talking about our town centre, and make things happen.