£650,000 funding is available to enhance the centre of Kirkwall and increase people’s enjoyment and appreciation of the town centre. In July 2016 we started asking groups about their ideas.
We have written and talked to a number of town centre groups including Age Concern, Orkney Heritage Society, Orkney Tourism Group, Visit Orkney, members of Scottish Youth Parliament etc. to get their views and thoughts.
The Kirkwall and St Ola Community Council and Kirkwall BID have been actively involved to shape ideas through looking at what areas should be improved, current issues and setting out the aims for any future improvements.
Areas seen as priorities include:
The area at the junction of Castle Street/Albert Street/Strynd
This area could be used to create a more open, usable space for people.
Pedestrian movement could be enhanced.
This area could be a focus point for visitors with information, public art, seating and interpretation.
Cathedral/ Kirkgreen War Memorial Footpath
Improve people-access to the War Memorial and cathedral with a defined pathway.
Create a space for use on formal occasions that is sympathetic to the sensitive surroundings.
Head of Victoria Street
Increase footfall down into Victoria Street.
Retain car parking and access.
Create a highly visible and major feature to draw people to Victoria Street.
Improve the connection between Victoria Street and Broad Street.
Improve people movement within the head of Victoria Street area.
Improve people movement between the Museum, Cathedral and Palaces.
Introduce signage and interpretation.
After a public consultation and with the help of the Kirkwall BID, Community Council and stakeholders, plans have now been drawn up for these areas and development work is ongoing.
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