Anger over closure of historic Burntisland walkway

Cllr George Kay at the entrance to the footpath which has been closed off at Rossend Castle, Burntisland
Cllr George Kay at the entrance to the footpath which has been closed off at Rossend Castle, Burntisland
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A decision by Fife Council to close a historic walkway in Burntisland has come under fire.

The walk, which runs from Rossend Castle down to the docks, has been closed off by the Council’s housing and neighbourhood services department on health and safety grounds, a decision which has left Councillor George Kay “perplexed”.

After visiting the site Cllr Kay wrote to department head Derek Muir, saying: “There were several obvious problems but nothing I could see which would have precipitated such a drastic course of action.

“I urge that we quickly redress the problem with a view to how this piece of our history should be made accessible again to the public.”

Rossend Castle dates back to 1382 and in the 16th century Mary Queen of Scots, who was a regular visitor, would have used the walkway herself.

Cllr Kay claims any repair work which is required could be easily carried out and would be relatively cheap.

Community payback

He said: “There is money available for these sorts of repairs and we also have community payback as a resource.

“The work needed, such as repair to the wall at the northern entrance and painting of the hand rail, is minor and would cost a lot less to carry out than it would have to erect the substantial iron gates that the Council have put at each end.”

Derek Muir said: “The pathway has been closed because of safety and anti-social behaviour concerns.

“Part of the boundary wall to Rossend Castle is very unsafe and the area requires major remedial work.

“Leaving the pathway open to public use at this time could well result in injury to people using it.”