A £9 MILLION project to redevelop Kirkcaldy’s ageing sea wall has been officially approved - and work is due to start this week.
The wall is being refurbished and heightened to help protect the promenade, and new seating and lighting installed to make it a more attractive place for locals and visitors to enjoy.
Two compounds have been set up from which the work will be carried out - one at the Basin car park, and the other opposite Volunteers Green.
Contractors VolkerStevin will be on site until November and will continue after the winter in March until completion in Autumn 2014.
The first tasks will be to repair the wall at the Basin, at the south end of the Esplanade, and start to put the rock armour revetment in place which will break up large waves before they reach the wall.
It is expected the wall from the Basin to Nichol Street will be upgraded in this first phase - the other half being completed next year.
A public drop-in office is being set up at the compound opposite Volunteer’s Green.
It will be open from July 15 and anyone interested in the upgrade is welcome to come along and find out more.
Cllr Neil Crooks, chairman of Kirkcaldy Area Committee, said: “I am delighted to see this project finally get underway and that the Council has listened to local opinions that were expressed during the consultation.
“People were worried the view over the wall would be obscured with the additional height, so the contract has been changed to take this into account.
“It will now include raising the whole promenade to improve visibility and resurfacing it in tarmac to replace the monobloc which has deteriorated over the years.
“Another good idea that came up at the consultation was about marking the sea wall with distance markers as a feature for walkers, joggers, runners and cyclists, which has now been included in the plans.
“There will be some inconvenience due to the rock revetment coming in by road instead of by sea, but the cost difference in favour of road transport has meant a better finished product can be delivered with new street furnishings and lighting.”
Ian Cussons, project manager for VolkerStevin, added: “We are delighted to be starting work on the development of the waterfront in Kirkcaldy. This sort of coastal defence work is something VolkerStevin is very experienced in and we take great pride in delivering projects like this up and down the country.”