Building works leave us fearful for our safety

Residents who border Fife Council's Ostler's Way development say they are living on a building site
Residents who border Fife Council's Ostler's Way development say they are living on a building site
  • Residents concern over building site
  • Children kept indoors or own safety
  • Council will assess traffic management

Tenants on a new Kirkcaldy housing scheme have blasted Fife Council, claiming the local authority is putting their safety at risk.

The residents, whose council houses border works at Ostler’s Way, told the Press they were living on an “unbearable” building site.

It’s an absolute shambles but all they think about is money and not about public safety.

Gary Donnelly

Gary Donnelly (44) a father-of-two on Dothan Road said: “A van came along the road and tried to back up the corner and about came through the door.

“My complaint is someone here is going to be hurt - they should have built another access road or at least barriered footpaths. It’s an absolute shambles but all they think about is money and not about public safety.”

The Fife Council development employed Robertson Construction group to build a 60-bed care home - due to be finished in May - but activity significantly increased on site whenFife Council builders set to work creating a 26-home development next door.

A gran in Fosterton Crescent said: “ It’s a disgrace. We are terrified to let children out because [vehicles] are flying down the road. It’s scary. I don’t keep very well and I find it very stressful to be truthful.”

Another resident reported forklift trucks were driven through residential areas with their forks halfway up.

A mum-of-two (28) added: “Obviously they’ve got to go to work but they just dump their lorries wherever they like.”

David Weir, service manager, told the Press Fife Council had received no complaints.

“Site access and barriers are addressed through the contractor’s safety plan,” he said.

“We have asked the Council’s safety consultant to look at traffic management on approach to the site.

“If they indicate that separate pedestrian barriers are necessary then we will liaise with the contractor to ensure that they are provided.”