Young folk have their say in Kirkcaldy charette

The Nairn factory being demolished
The Nairn factory being demolished

Young people in the town have been giving their views on how to transform a Kirkcaldy eyesore as part of a special four-day consultation which started this week.

Pupils from Kirkcaldy, Viewforth and St Andrews High Schools were invited to Pathhead Hall on Monday to hear about the workshops which will be taking place over the next three days.

The sessions - known as the Kirkcaldy charrette - are aimed at hearing ideas to help formulate plans to breathe new life into a derelict part of the town.

During the workshops, which started yesterday (Wednesday) to Saturday in Pathhead Hall, residents, businesses, landowners and other interested parties are being invited to work with the design team to share their views on uses for the land.

Plans will be drawn up for the short, medium and long term and the main focus will be the Victoria Road regeneration corridor - which houses the former Nairn linoleum factory - and includes Nairn Street, Commercial Street, Hayfield Road and Smeaton industrial estate.

The process will also include the opinions of schoolchildren.

As part of that, a mini charrette was held on Monday involving pupils from the high schools within the charrette catchment area.

Michael Westwater, Fife Council project leader, said: “We undertook a comprehensive site visit with the pupils, looking at the empty buildings, the playing fields at Victoria Hospital and the industrial site at Smeaton, showing them the concerns.

“We then went back to the hall and put together an analysis for the area and explained the planning principles to them to make them aware of the constraints.

‘‘We got a lot of positive feedback and the pupils gave some very insightful answers - offering suggestions such as affordable housing in the area.”

There will also be a primary school design competition where youngsters can give their ideas and their artwork will be displayed at the event. A winner for each school will be selected and they will be presented with their award on Saturday.

Locals can drop in to the charette which will run in the hall from 10.00 5.00 p.m today (Thursday), and Friday. People can also pop in tonight from 6.30 to 7.00 p.m.

The public exhibition will run on Saturday from 2.00 to 5.00 p.m. For more information log on to