Pressure is on to clean up Kirkcaldy High Street

High pressure cleaning of Kirkcaldy High Street
High pressure cleaning of Kirkcaldy High Street

High pressure cleaning of pathways in the High Street area is the latest move in an effort to give Kirkcaldy’s town centre some added sparkle.

The cleaning operations, which include the removal of chewing gum, got underway last week, and will run for a four-week period, with teams operating between 6.00 a.m. and 8.00 a.m.

It’s part of a three-phase project to enhance the town centre, making it a more pleasant and enjoyable experience for visitors and shoppers.

Phase one covered Port Brae to Kirk Wynd, and phase two went on to Charlotte Street. A consultation will begin next week on phase three which will focus on improving the west end of the High Street.

From March 3 until the end of the month, the online consultation will show proposals of various options for the final phase, which will proceed when future funding becomes available.

Typically, works so far have included road and pavement resurfacing, lighting and signage upgrading, the installation of electrical and water supply pillars for use by street markets, and the introduction of a public wi-fi network.

Councillor Neil Crooks, Kirkcaldy area chairman, said: “It’s important when we spend public money that there is a positive outcome which people appreciate.

“There is no doubt phases one and two have transformed the hard landscape on High Street and it has not been a painless process. There is an identified need to deep-clean the area – and not just keep it litter-free and tidy.

“This cleaning exercise will improve the attractiveness and create a welcoming environment for all those who live, work and visit High Street.

“I would urge people to take part in the online consultation to ensure phase three will add value to the shopping experience and entice more pedestrian traffic towards the Arcade and the Duchess.”

The latest street cleaning operations have been welcomed by Bill Harvey, manager of Kirkcaldy 4 All, who said: “This type of collaborative working on initiatives such as extra cleaning demonstrates the commitment of both Kirkcaldy 4 All and Fife Council to the town centre.

“Likewise, the public consultation for phase three allows members of the public and local businesses to offer up their thoughts and suggestions for consideration.”