We’ll keep cars out of heart of Kirkcaldy town centre

Kirkcaldy High Street
Kirkcaldy High Street

Cars will continue to be banned from Kirkcaldy’s High Street at set times following a successful six-month pilot scheme.

Councillors have agreed to carry on with the restrictions in the pedestrianised area of the town centre.

The move came in response to concerns from residents and businesses over the number of vehicles in the zone outwith permitted hours.

Last May Kirkcaldy Area Committee approved a trial of signs/barriers to keep the cars out. The committee also agreed to reconsider access arrangements for vehicles during the pilot.

The six-month trial began last July and has been monitored throughout.

David Frew from Fife Council’s transportation department, told Kirkcaldy area committee it should continue.

He said: “Feedback from all parties involved has been positive.

‘‘Police and Kirkcaldy4All have voiced their support for continued use of the signing.

Businesses operating on the pedestrianised zone have not reported any issues.”

He said they were seeking approval to make the signs permanent so, with the exception of Tuesdays and Sundays, they will be in place every day from noon to 5.00 p.m.

Barriers are also to be placed at Tolbooth Street to prevent vehicle access to the High Street.