Coun­cil­lors pull fund­ing for park­ing pi­lot

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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.

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