Residents in the west of Kirkcaldy are celebrating a people-power victory after having a “safety wall” outside their homes rebuilt.
And the campaign by people living in Inverteil Terrace and surrounding streets has helped strengthen relations between them and the new Morrisons supermarket just across the road.
People in the area were upset when, after contractors for the supermarket finished widening the main road adjacent to their houses to cater for the new road layout for the store, they failed to re-instate the brick wall at the bottom of their gardens separating them from the busy traffic thoroughfare.
Several approached the Inverteil Tenants and Residents Association to express their concerns that the grassy area next to the houses, many of which have families with young children in them, was being left without any barrier.
They enlisted the help of Councillor Susan Leslie, who was given assurances it was being rebuilt, but nothing happened.
May Smith (51), who has lived in the street for over 20 years, explained: “Originally they were just talking about doing some landscaping work, but that wasn’t what we wanted because there was no physical barrier between us and the busy junction.
“The wall was not a high one, just a three or four feet, but it was a safety feature in case a car skidded at the corner or something.”
Councillor Leslie enlisted the help of the Council’s locality manager for the area and called a public meeting which was well attended.
“We spoke to the Council and to Morrison’s head office and pretty soon afterwards Morrisons said they would be happy to rebuild the wall, even though they were not obliged to do so. It was one of the most voiciferous campaigns I have been involved in and the residents are delighted with the outcome.
“The wall had been knocked down at the start of July to create the new junction layout and we had an agreement in place by the beginning of September.
“This has certainly taught me to look more closely at other aspects of building work, as this had been completely overlooked.”
Martin Terris, store manager at Morrisons, added: “I am happy that we have been able to support the community and get something put in place to help them. We want to maintain a good relationship with residents.”