Councillors pull funding for parking pilot
KIRKCALDY councillors vowed to fight for the future of their town centre despite cancelling a cut-price parking scheme.
The town’s elected representatives pulled funding for the £1 for two hours pilot, implemented more than two years ago in a bid to halt the decline of the High Street.
Having been told the scheme was not proving costeffective, disappointed councillors said alternative solutions to boost footfall would now be examined, with several suggesting the adoption of a “Glenrothes Model” of granting free parking for an initial three hours.
However, with fees set to fall in line with those across the rest of Fife from April 1, committee chair Neil Crooks warned the town’s traditional shopping precinct faced huge challenges.
“The money spent here has shown our commitment to Kirkcaldy town centre,” he said. “But people recognise the economic pressures on the High Street and we need to share that view across Fife Council.”
Mr Crooks suggested the situation merits the creation of a special task force, similar to that established following the collapse of paper maker Tullis Russell in Glenrothes.
Though disappointed by the end of the trial, Bill Harvey, manager of business improvement district Kirkcaldy4All, thanked Fife Council for subsiding the scheme.