Lesley Laird is to meet with representatives from Kirkcaldy’s high street shopping centres in a bid to turn around the town centre’s fortunes
The MP for Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath will meet with Simon Usher, national director of LaSalle Investment Management on Wednesday in London.
The meeting was arranged after the MP wrote to LaSalle asking for an update on the firm’s plans to secure a new cinema on the site of the old swimming pool.
She said: “We’re at a critical juncture with this campaign and it’s imperative that all opportunities to develop a cinema for Kirkcaldy are seized now.
“I’ve been informed by LaSalle that thanks to the Fife Free Press’ campaign they’ve taken on the “clear desire” of Kirkcaldy residents for a cinema and, armed with new marketing material, are actively approaching all UK cinema operators in a bid to entice them here.
“I look forward to learning more about the nuts and bolts of that strategy when I meet LaSalle next week.”
The MP is also due to meet with representatives from Columbia Threadneedle on Tuesday next week to discuss the future of The Postings’ shopping centre.
Lesley said: “Since the loss of Tesco, footfall has dropped dramatically in The Postings and that situation – which has been going on for too long – is untenable for the town and its traders but must also be must be untenable for Threadneedle investors.
“We have to look at the town centre in the round, and that’s why it is important to learn what plans are in the pipeline for the Postings as well as the Mercat. I intend to find out.”
Lesley added: “Kirkcaldy High Street, like most High Streets, has struggled since the recession; the shape of retail and how people like to shop has changed – a fact, let’s face it, which hardly needs pointed out to residents and retailers.
“But we could breathe new life into the town centre if it could be steered away from a shop-only focus.
“Finding new uses means thinking differently about the challenge. Bringing leisure and entertainment venues into the mix to provide visitors with a variety of choice is a crucial step to lifting ailing footfall numbers, safeguarding existing businesses and opening up possibilities for new ones.
“Securing a cinema is one of the key foundations to achieving that – and I’ll be continuing my efforts in support of the campaign.”
To sign the cinema petition online visit: https://www.change.org/p/lasalle-investments-kirkcaldy-wants-a-cinema