Parking & a cinema top public’s town centre action plan

Kirkcaldy's Ambitions consultation on future of Kirkcaldy town centre
Kirkcaldy's Ambitions consultation on future of Kirkcaldy town centre

Over 200 Fifers took part in a consultation on the future of Kirkcaldy’s town centre at the weekend.

And their views will now help shape the Kirkcaldy’s Ambitions Group’s action plan.

The consultation took place within the Mercat Shopping Centre, and a steady stream of folk took in the plans and also gave their views on what they want in their town centre.

And the answers backed up the key components of the group’s ‘Time For Action’ blueprint.

It came as no surprise that a cinema topped the wish list.

The issue has been on the table for over 18 months - but the town has been without a picture house for 15 years.

People also want to see a bowling alley, more restaurants and cafes, and better leisure facilities.

Better shops were also high up the list - the name of Primark again dominated suggestions on what the town needs.

Feedback tapped into the cafe culture plan - a bid to extend the day-time economy into the evening and offer more places to eat, drink and gather in.

And parking was a huge issue.

It remains one of the biggest barriers to progress, and a key point of debate.

Some felt it should be free, but the majority simply highlighted the need for better quality parking - citing concerns over being ticketed for going over their alloted time.

The inability of pay on exit was also raised as a concern.

Many also wanted to see more events staged in the town centre.

Danny Cepok, area services manager, said: ‘‘It was a really worthwhile exercise.

‘‘We’ll do a more detailed analysis this month and we will move towards identifying priority proposals and refining the Time For Action plan to progress them.”