Bus depot parking plea

Bill Mitchell said he is having problems with Stagecoach staff parking on Den Walk as parents can't drop their kids offat the dance school and he can't get deliveries.
Bill Mitchell said he is having problems with Stagecoach staff parking on Den Walk as parents can't drop their kids offat the dance school and he can't get deliveries.
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The owner of a Methil dance school has voiced his frustration at the apparent refusal of Stagecoach employees not to park close to the school.

Bill Mitchell, who owns Expressions School of Dance, housed in the former Innerleven Parish Church building off Methilhaven Road, said the problem has been on-going since they moved into the premises last year.

I’ve tried to speak to them but nothing has been done

Bill Mitchell

He claims he has tried to reason with Stagecoach bosses and has asked for courtesy between business owners, but his pleas have fallen on deaf ears.

“I’ve tried to speak to them about access, but nothing has been done. They just say they have no power to tell staff where to park. It’s turning into a fiasco.”

Mr Mitchell explained that when he bought the building, he was told that Den Walk, which leads down to the building, was owned by the church, and would be transferred to him. The sale also came with a warning about parking problems involving employees of the Stagecoach depot.

Although Mr Mitchell confirmed with Fife Council that ownership did indeed lie with the owner of the building, he was told that because the road had been adopted by the local authority, it was classed as being part of the highway and therefore, drivers were free to park there.

A Stagecoach spokesman said: “We are aware of the issue Mr Mitchell has raised regarding parking near our depot in Methil. We have been informed by the local council that the land is in fact a public highway and therefore public parking is permitted in these areas.

“We have taken various measures to discourage our staff from parking in this area, including random checks and encouraging other transport methods, however being a public highway and relating to private vehicles this is not something we can enforce and indeed on many occasions we have investigated the issue, the cars in the area have not belonged to our employees.

“We would like to apologise for any inconvenience caused, Stagecoach is a key part of the community employing many local staff and we will continue to encourage greener travel methods to all our employees to help reduce the number of cars in the area.”