A PROPOSAL to reconnect the village of Kincardine with the banks of the Forth has been shortlisted for a design award.

Details on the so-called 'Kincardine Triangle' emerged from the four-day 'Go Forth Kincardine Charrette' and local residents are now being urged to back it on the 'FutureTown Design Competition' online, organised by Scotland's Town Partnership.

The four-day event was organised by the Coalfields Regeneration Trust (CRT) and plans are focusing on boosting the village as a tourist destination in the wake of the Longannet Power Station closure.

Formed by the Clackmannanshire and Kincardine bridges as well as the waterfront, the area could see positive change with a riverside walkway loop between the two crossings that has improved access across the railway line of the former power station.

On the long run, plans include greater boating activity with improved facilities, repairs to the stone slipway and a social events space with bars and cafés.

The announcement comes as the CRT has started work on its £500,000 purchase and conversion of the near-derelict Clydesdale Bank building into an enterprise and training hub.

It also coincides with the trust gearing up to help deliver “quick win” projects, like improving the access to and the appearance of the village centre and waterfront.

Andy Willo, chair of the Kincardine Community Development Trust, said: “This is a really exciting time for the whole area as they start to see us take small steps towards some of the big ideas to emerge from the Charrette.”

Nicky Wilson, Scottish trustee for the CRT, added: “We launched our Coalfields Longannet Initiative in 2016 with the aim of bringing together the communities most affected by the loss of Longannet.

“Now everyone in the area has the chance to show their support by voting for the Kincardine Triangle when Scotland’s Town Partnership opens their online poll on Monday.”

To vote, visit scotlandstowns.org/future_town_design_comp until the end of the week.