The information gathered during the charrette process reflects many views heard. The four days of workshops and exhibition of views and ideas which took place in the Corn Exchange in March 2016 generated many proposals for the improvement of Cupar’s town centre.
PAS (Planning Aid Scotland) prepared a full report of the ‘Cupar Could’ activities. This describes what took place and the proposals that arose. More conveniently read is the booklet version which contains the short-list of proposals.
The primary aim of the proposals is to increase the attraction of the town centre as a distinctive, satisfying and adapting market place. The proposals describe closely-linked development themes (Access and wayfinding, People friendly, Distinctive market town, Historic townscape.)
Most of the proposals are at the ‘ideas’ stage. Development studies will be required. A number of the proposals require changes to be made to traffic management arrangements within the town centre. However significant adaptions must await the development of the proposed Cupar relief road which, when developed, will relieve the Bonnygate of much of the HGV and agricultural traffic through traffic. Other proposals will require capital expenditure and are not feasible in current public spending. However, there is considerable potential for promoting community-led projects particularly by carrying out heritage and access and way-finding work. The next steps require local groups collaborating to bring forward appropriate initiatives, in mobilising volunteers, and for success in securing funding and expert support from Fife Council and other public and private funders.
Publication of the Guide to the Cupar Heritage Trail
The Development Trust and Cupar Heritage took the opportunity to republish the guide to the Cupar Heritage Trail. This illustrated guide which was researched and written by historian Dr. Paula Martin provides a splendid introduction to Cupar’s heritage properties and places. Last printed in 2005 we considered that the guide should again be made widely available. We approached local organisations with an interest in heritage for donations towards re-printing costs. We found a positive and fully supportive response.
Cupar Community Council kindly agreed to host a reception to mark the Publication of the Heritage Trail in the Council Chamber of County Buildings. The 10,000 re-printed leaflets have been distributed by volunteers for display by local businesses and to hotels, museums and other public display points across Fife.