A regeneration project to better connect the waterfront and the town centre
One of Kirkcaldy’s greatest assets is the views over the Forth. Work is under way to deliver a £1.4m Council-funded regeneration project with construction due to start in spring 2019.
Fife Council has developed this proposal with Kirkcaldy Waterfront group, the Kirkcaldy’s Ambitions Partnership and Kirkcaldy 4 All. We’re keen to get feedback on it from local residents and businesses. It will help to shape the project’s planning application that will be submitted later in 2018.
What's being proposed?
Over time, Kirkcaldy town centre has turned its back on the coastline. We want to improve connections between the High Street and the waterfront by:
- Changing the four-lane dual carriageway to a standard two-lane road
- Improving pedestrian crossings
- Adding more on-street parking near the leisure centre
- Adding features to the spaces around the buildings and waterfront that encourage more use of the outdoor space and more social interaction (this is often referred to as ‘public realm’).
What will it look like?
The ‘public realm’ areas will offer outdoor seated areas, be available for pop-up businesses and as spill out areas for larger venues such as the YW or the Kings Theatre. Multi-purpose viewing platforms will allow people to safely enjoy the views of the waterfront and provide easier access for disabled users, prams and bicycles over the secondary sea wall. The platform areas will also be ideal for pop-up attractions such as coffee kiosks.
The streetscape will be improved to make the area between the High Street and the waterfront more inviting. Natural stone finishes would be used to match the existing streetscape at Redburn Wynd, Kirkcaldy Leisure Centre and Tolbooth Street.
There would be more street furniture, planting and better signage to make the area more attractive.
How much will it cost and when will the work be done?
The project is estimated to cost around £1.4m – funded by Fife Council’s Town Centre Capital funding and Kirkcaldy Area capital funding. This funding is ring-fenced for town centre improvements to make the town centre a more attractive place for residents, businesses and visitors.
Proposed work could start in spring 2019 and take around six months to complete. The contractor will have to maintain access for the leisure centre, local businesses and residents.
Why get rid of the dual carriageway and won’t that just mean queues for drivers?
The Esplanade once carried the majority of traffic heading towards the Forth Road Bridge before the construction of the A92. Nowadays the volume of traffic on Esplanade has dropped significantly meaning a dual carriageway is no longer needed. The proposed road layout has been checked using traffic modelling software and doesn’t predict traffic flow issues. The speed limit will remain at 30mph.
Why is work only proposed for the section between Tolbooth Street and Port Brae?
This is the first phase of a wider vision to improve Kirkcaldy’s waterfront out towards Invertiel. Subsequent phases could be taken forward as finances allow.
Will there be more parking and will delivery vehicles still be able to access businesses?
Yes. Based on feedback we propose around 40 on-street parking bays near the leisure centre, including additional disabled parking bays. The service road will be wide enough to allow larger vehicles and bin lorry access. The service road stops at Adam Smith Court and Redburn Wynd to allow a traffic-free area to the front of the former YW building which can be used as events space.
Give us your feedback
We’re welcoming feedback on these design proposals. Please have a look at this design layout and take part in our quick online consultation before 8th October 2018. We’ll use the results to help us refine the proposals and shape the project’s planning application.
You can also visit one of our drop in consultation sessions in Kirkcaldy Leisure Centre on Wednesday 3rd October from 2pm to 5pm and Thursday 4th October 4pm to 7pm.