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Councillors will be asked to halve number of driving lanes on Kirkcaldy Esplanade

Kirkcaldy esplanade.
Kirkcaldy esplanade.

Plans to cut Kirkcaldy Esplanade from four lanes to two are expected to take a step forward next week.

Members of Kirkcaldy area committee will be asked on Tuesday to pledge £100,000 from their area budget towards the total £1.4 million cost of the regeneration project.

Around £1.3 million has already been set aside in the council’s capital plan for the scheme, but councillor approval is still required for the remaining sum.

Donald Grant, community manager, said: “The project is designed to connect Kirkcaldy’s best natural asset, the waterfront, back to the town centre, by rationalising the carriageways to one lane each way, creating areas of public realm that can be utilised by new and existing businesses, including ‘spill out’ areas for bigger venues such as the former YWCA building, creating safe and secure places to cross the carriageways and creating disabled friendly viewing platforms.

“The area is generally doing less well than we would expect and, for that reason, the council, and its partners, have agreed to focus resources on this area.”

Meanwhile, councillors will also be asked to back a new traffic regulation order at Kirkcaldy Leisure Centre due to ongoing problems with bad parking.

Additional ‘no waiting at any time’ restrictions are being proposed, with officials suggesting the move will protect access and allow proper use of disabled bays.

A spokesperson said: “Existing legislation doesn’t allow for our parking enforcement team to take action and drivers continue to park irresponsibly with impunity.”

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