Kincardine Triangle key to boosting tourism in west Fife

Mon 25 Sep 17

Developing the “Kincardine Triangle” has been mooted as key to attracting tourists.

Unlike the Bermuda Triangle, which famously made people disappear, it is hoped visitors will flock to the triangular area between the Kincardine and Clackmannan bridges if it is transformed into a tourist destination.

A £40,000 blueprint has been developed to help boost the village in the wake of last year’s devastating closure of Longannet Power Station.

The switch-off of the biggest plant of its kind in Britain after 46 years of operation saw 230 people lose their jobs and had a huge knock-on effect on the local economy.

But Kincardine is now on the verge of a “fantastic” transformation with a series of action plans designed to revitalise it.

The proposals emerged from a four-day GoForth Kincardine charrette, organised by the Coalfields Regeneration Trust with the backing of the Scottish Government and Fife Council.

Around 200 local people joined a team of architects, planners, artists and traffic consultants to discuss the way forward for the village.

The action plan states: “Kincardine’s waterfront is a fantastic opportunity for significant positive change.

“It can be a destination as well as a route linking other places, with attractions of its own including its archaeology, nature and boat activity and its great views of the bridges and the Forth valley.”

The documents suggests a “quick win” by creating a three-mile Kincardine Triangle walkway loop between the northern ends of the Kincardine and Clackmannan bridges with improved access across the former power station railway line.

The two bridges form the Kincardine Triangle as they are three miles apart on the north side but come together at virtually the same point on the south.

The report also suggests extending the Fife Coastal Path through the green and into the centre of the village and downgrading the trunk road status of the northern approach road to make it more pedestrian-friendly.

There are also proposals to remove buses from the village centre and realign the main junction with the Northern Approach Road and the A977, which locals describe as a nightmare.

With the village core overlooked as a tourist destination, nearby Devilla Forest has been described as Kincardine’s secret attraction which could be developed for locals and visitors alike.

Kincardine resident Janice McLauchlin said: “I now feel more excited for the village than at any time in the last 30-odd years I’ve lived here.”

 

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