Speculation on future of Cupar depot

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The future of Fife Council’s depot at Prestonhall industrial estate in Cupar may be under threat as part of a cost-cutting restructuring of services by the local authority.

Although he could not confirm if the depot - used by building services and environmental services - will close completely, John Rodian, senior manager for building services, said the introduction of a mobile and flexible working model will see frontline staff managing their work though a mobile handset.

He said: “The project is now entering the delivery phase for the technology solution that we are looking to have in place by the summer.

Explaining increased use of mobile technology, he added: “We shall be rolling out the solution to encompass as much of the housing and property reactive maintenance as possible.

“This story has so far been a success, resulting in a better delivery of service as well as bringing much needed efficiences.

“With the implementation of the full solution we are looking to enhance our customer experience with the introduction of text messaging.”

Mr Rodigan added: “The council is also currently in the process of looking at the number of depots it has across Fife and the different needs of the services that use them.

“However, nothing has been agreed or approved as yet for Prestonhall.”