Fife MSP and Shadow Cabinet Secretary for the Economy Dean Lockhart has today met with Scottish Conservative Councillor Kathleen Leslie to discuss the challenges and opportunities facing Kirkcaldy high street and town centre.
The meeting follows calls from some quarters for a radical change in approach towards Kirkcaldy high-street with more support for retailers, changes to parking charges and business rate reform all high on the agenda.
Cllr Leslie stressed the concerns of her constituents following several high-profile closures on the high-street and the need to explore ways to support and develop the high-street- in whatever form that may be.
Dean Lockhart MSP said:
‘’Businesses and traders on Kirkcaldy high-street are rightly concerned as they struggle to cope due to increasing rates and loss of footfall on the high street which in turn is having a huge impact on the local economy.
‘’Kirkcaldy has recently been hit with a number of business closures and I am deeply concerned with the situation that traders face in the town.
‘’The simple fact is that if the shops are full, and the high-street is full, then everyone wins.
‘’In short, for many businesses the existing situation in regard to the state of the high-street is untenable.
‘’On an almost weekly basis, we are seeing small businesses forced out of business and this should make every one of us concerned for the future of our high-street.
‘’It was good to meet up with Cllr Leslie here at Holyrood and discuss ideas for town centre re-generation and actions Fife Council could take to alleviate the pressures that the high-street is facing.’’