Two Fife towns have been shortlisted in Scotland’s Towns Partnership’s FutureTown design competition.

As part of this week’s Scotland’s Towns Week (20-26 Nov) members of the public are being encouraged to cast their vote online for Cowdenbeath or Kincardine in the competition.

The initiative encourages submissions on how urban spaces could be renewed. The Fife Council-led bid for Cowdenbeath would look to carry out public realm improvements, aimed at encouraging more people to spend time in the town centre.

Andrew Walker, economic adviser with Fife Council’s Town Centre Development Unit, explained: “At the core of this is community involvement and the great degree of civic pride that the people of Cowdenbeath have for their town. It remains a vibrant town centre but faces competition from adjoining retail centres. There’s a lot of opportunity to improve the public spaces with the area and keep people in the town centre for longer when they visit.”

Ideas already gathered include:

  • transformation of Brunton Square into a heritage garden reflecting the mining heritage of the town, creating an attractive gateway into the town and giving people a place to dwell as they spend time with the town centre
  • conversion of much loved but vacant buildings such as the Town House into re-useable space providing opportunities for enterprise, creativity and community activity
  • better connecting the leisure, community and health facilities around the town with good signage and more attractive routes
  • improving the lighting to help young people feel safer and create a dedicated sheltered space such as an outdoor seating area or café
  • making buildings brighter and more attractive through colour and planting


The Kincardine proposal, which is being led by the Coalfields Regeneration Trust, includes creating a new village green, upgrading the path network and a potentially reworked shoreline to create a viewing platform. 

The winner will be decided by a public vote held during Scotland’s Towns Week with the online vote is open until midnight on 26 Nov at http://www.scotlandstowns.org/futuretown_vote_17


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