Revamp due at Durie St

Eddie Young at Durie Street
Eddie Young at Durie Street

Work to revamp the pedestrian area of Durie Street in Leven town centre is to start within a matter of weeks.

Funding for the work was sourced from existing Growth Fund cash which was secured in 2014 by Fife Council - separate from the £1 million announced in last week’s budget.

Some cash has already been spent on cleaning up the High Street and business fronts through the Stitch in Time project.

As well as the installation of a new planter at the old rubber play area, existing trees will be replaced and new surround surfacing installed.

There will also be a new interpretation board which will provide information and illustrations on the local area.

Cycle racks and benches will also be cleaned and reinstalled, and new bins and grit boxes put in place too.

The news has been welcomed by local trader Eddie Young, who has the Motorfits shop on nearby Commercial Road.

The shop owner has been calling on the local authority to do something about the poor state of the Durie Street area for many years.

He said: “I first contacted Fife Council about doing something about five years ago - so I’m happy the work is finally being carried out now.”

David Paterson, area services manager in Levenmouth confirmed that work is expected to start at the end of March and will take around two to three weeks to complete. The plans can be viewed at Leven Library and Local Office.

They come following the announcement that Leven is to receive up to £1 million from Fife Council to help with a revamp of the town centre.

There will be a particular focus on work at Bridge Street, leading to the retail park, and the Shorehead, with hopes that a reinvestment in the area will attract more shoppers to the High Street, and provide benefits to the local traders.

Detailed drawings of the work are expected to be released in the next few weeks.