A major new investment is to transform sections of the Fife coastline.
Nearly 320,000 is to be devoted to new projects promising the revitalisation of Kirkcaldy’s Pathhead Sands and circular walking routes in the north of Fife, plus enhanced safety measures and renewed lifesaving equipment on many Fife beaches.
The fresh investment was announced by the Coastal Communities Fund, a UK-wide fund delivered by the Big Lottery Fund that aims to boost the economies of Britain’s coastal communities.
Fife Coast and Countryside Trust (FCCT), which manages and maintains the Fife Coastal Path and Fife’s beaches, has secured funding of 275,000, with the remainder of the funding coming from the FCCT and Fife Council.
The news was warmly welcomed by Fife councillors at Kirkcaldy’s Pathhead Sands, which is to be upgraded to the standard of other recreational beaches in the area.
The Pathhead project will see the creation of a new car park, the removal of collapsed hardstanding, plus a new Coastal Path section linking the Sands with Ravenscraig Park.
Restoration work will be carried out on the site’s beach and natural habitats, with invasive plants cleared and information boards giving visitors details of the area’s historical and natural features.