John Smith Business Park would play a major role in returning prosperity to town of Kirkcaldy, Fife, Scotland

Claim business park jobs are key to Kirkcaldy’s development
By Jonathan Watson, 21 June 2013 10.16am.
The Courier

Bringing more employment opportunities to a Kirkcaldy business park is crucial to the long-term development of the town’s economy.

That was the case presented to councillors this week as the full, brutal impact of the recession on the town was laid out.

Ravaged by unemployment in the wake of the economic downturn, signs of recovery are evident, it is claimed, but the development of new employment opportunities, and the regeneration of the town centre, will be crucial in providing long-term jobs.

George Sneddon, a service manager from Fife Council’s economic development team, told Kirkcaldy area committee members that the John Smith Business Park would play a major role in returning prosperity to the town.

“We hope, over the next 10-15 years, to complete the facility,” he said. “The first two buildings were developed and sold. The roads and services are all in place.

“We also have to direct employment into the town centre and do all that we can to sustain the Kirkcaldy area economy.”

In a presentation to members, Mr Sneddon highlighted how seriously the recession had hit the Kirkcaldy area, with business occupancy rates below the regional average and high unemployment rates compared to the rest of Fife.


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