Work starts on Pathhead project

Pathhead P7
Pathhead P7

Work on an innovative new street redesign project in and around a Kirkcaldy school is set to begin this month.

The community-led project aims to improve the streets near Pathhead Primary and make them a safer and easier place for people to walk and cycle.

There are also plans to feature pupils’ artwork in the playground, put in new footpaths, lighting, dog bins and entrance markers at nearby Pathhead Park, as well as colourful wall murals.

The aim of the redesign is to help local people improve the quality and use of their streets by tackling issues including speeding, littering and anti-social behaviour.

The £140,000 project, launched in 2012, is being led by Fife Council in partnership with sustainable transport charity Sustrans and is part of the Make Your Move Kirkcaldy project.

Consultation events have been held with the local community in Pathhead as well as pupils from the school.

At last week’s Kirkcaldy Area Committee meeting, Scott Christie, technician engineer, Fife Council transportation, said proposed improvements would include a puffin crossing on Cairns Street West at the school gates, a zebra crossing on Beatty Crescent, a toucan crossing on Hayfield Road, and junction tightening at MacIndoe Crescent and Beatty Crescent to help reduce traffic speeds as well as footpath widening at the school gates on Kilgour Avenue.

He said work would start this month and should be completed by the end of April.

Councillor Kay Carrington said: “This is a fantastic opportunity to improve an area neglected for many years.”

Councillor Susan Leslie added: “This is a fantastic project and we can see it’s going to make a difference throughout that area.”