‘A lack of dignity and respect’

Mr Brown has been angered by the failure of Infrastructure Minister Keith Brown to acknowledge his concerns.
Mr Brown has been angered by the failure of Infrastructure Minister Keith Brown to acknowledge his concerns.
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The grieving family of Logan Carrie, who was killed on the A92, have slammed a government minister for what they see as a “lack of dignity and respect”.

Robert Brown, the nine-year-old’s grandfather, has told the Gazette he has been left angered and dismayed at what he claims is a rebuke by Keith Brown MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Infrastructure, Investment and Cities.

...the fact that the minister has not even bothered to reply personally is an insult to me and my family

Robert Brown

Mr Brown wrote to the MSP in March calling for safety improvements to be made a priority following the tragic death of his grandson who was killed by a passing motorist on a notorious stretch the A92 trunk road close to Cadham on February 10.

Mr Brown said he is yet to receive a response from the minister and adds that the Transport Scotland letter on the minister’s behalf represents nothing more than a deflection of the serious safety concerns he and many others have regarding the A92.

“Not only does the response suggest little is likely to happen as far as safety is concerned, which in itself is unacceptable, the fact that the minister has not even bothered to reply personally is an insult to me and my family,” said Mr Brown.

“How often is he contacted by a bereaved family?

‘‘I doubt he even knows about the incident of Logan’s death, we are deeply disappointed.”

Responding to the family’s concerns, David Middleton, chief executive of Transport Scotland, said they were in discussion with Fife Council on a number of A92 safety proposals but these were not part of the current programme of national trunk road improvements.

He added that there was no plans for Transport Scotland to provide a pedestrian bridge or crossing facilities at the Balfarg junction.

“Despite frequent tragedies and many other accidents on the A92, the minister does not yet seem to understand the need for urgent action,’’ said Mr Brown.

Transport Minister to meet campaigners

Members of Glenrothes Area Futures Group will meet with the new Scottish Transport Minister Derek Mackay at Holyrood on June 4 to make him aware of the long-standing concerns expressed by many communities connected to the A92.

The group, who are spearheading the campaign for improved safety in key areas on the A92, which has been the scene of 17 deaths and more than 1700 accidents, will present a new action plan detailing five areas of concern.

Focusing mainly on the stretch of trunk road close to and just north of Glenrothes it highlights concerns between Balfarg and Cadham, Prestonhall to Balfarg, Tullis Russell roundabout and Cadham Junction, all of which have long-standing concerns.