Astart date has been approved to begin significant improvement work on Kirkcaldy’s most controversial set of public steps.
The £95,000 project at Bell Inn Wynd, at the entrance to the Postings, is set to begin in February and is expected to take at least four weeks to complete.
Final approval to proceed with the project was granted yesterday (Wednesday) at the Kirkcaldy Area Committee following consultation with community groups including Fife Elderly Forum and Kirkcaldy User Panel.
The current step and ramp system has been heavily criticised for being confusing and unsafe.
While a complete overhaul of the crumbling steps, at a cost of around £350,000, was previously rejected, the committee pursued a cheaper option of improving upon the current structure for partially sighted user by re-lining the paths and steps in new kerbstone, creating a new yellow handrail and re-painting the walls .
Half the cost has been met by the Town Centre Development Fund.
Cllr Kay Carrington commented: “The steps have needed repaired for some time now. This is a big improvement for that part of the town.”
She added: “It’s a busy wynd so I welcome this report. Thank goodness -at last.”
Welcoming construction, Cllr Neil Crooks, chairperson, said: “The recent consultation with disability groups has been useful with some good suggestions for certain design aspects.
“This upgrade is a key milestone in our commitment to improving the town centre and was one of the concerns raised at the Town Centre summit a few years ago.”