A COMMUNITY chief believes neighbourly calm could be destroyed because of the effects of the winter’s fierce storms, reports MIKE DELANEY.
And David Nelson also fears security could be put at risk because the council is allegedly refusing to repair fences blown down, or damaged during the high winds that lashed the country either side of the new year.
The Auchmuty and Dovecot Tenants Association chairman said a number of tenants in his area had been hit by the policy - including his own mother, who lives in Woodside Road.
He said: “People who have notified the council have been told that the council are just not going to repair them and when they say they don’t have the money to do it themselves, they are being told ‘just leave them open’.
“That’s just not realistic and it’s going to lead to a lot of problems, including people falling out with each other because if they put their dogs out the back, they will be able to run from garden to garden and you’ll also gets disputes about who is responsible for what part of a garden.
“The other big thing that could be affected is security, because these back gardens will now be open to anyone to go through.
“The council are apparently saying they don’t have the money - but this is what we pay our rates for and it shouldn’t be treated like it was some kind of optional extra.
“We want the council to get these fences fixed.”
Cllr Ross Vettraino, a local member who is also environment committee vice-chairman, said that there was no blanket ban on fence repairs.
He explained: “It is the case that each case is judged on its merits.
“In general, the council doesn’t utilise public resources replacing fencing unless there is a reason, safety, for example, for doing so.
“Instead that council chooses to spend the money, which is available, on other improvements such as renewing roofs, doors and windows, kitchens, bathrooms and central heating systems. “In the coming year, over 1,000 houses in Glenrothes alone will be improved at a cost in excess of £4.5 million.”
A Fife Council spokeswoman added that they had not had a report of fences being down at the addresses mentioned, but if residents passed details on arrangements for an inspection would be made.