Fife Council’s plan to create a stop-over site for travelling people near Cardenden has angered the community and now the local MP has expressed frustration,
Local MP Lindsay Roy has urged Fife Council to ensure that there is “full consultation” with the local community over proposals to develop the stop-over site at Pitcairn.
He made the call following a meeting at which residents expressed anger and frustration at lack of consultation and what they felt was a fait accompli.
Said Mr Roy: “I have supported the Gypsy Traveller Working group in their attempts to identify stop-over sites in Fife to try to prevent illegal encampments and all the costs and aggravation that often occur.
“However, I was surprised to discover that the council’s proposals for Pitcairn had been very poorly managed.
“Indeed, the turnout of over 60 at this special meeting highlighted the real concerns of the local community.”
The MP said that at the meeting, residents had raised concerns about: site access and road health and safety, seasonal flooding of the River Ore and waterlogging on the site and the enforcement of site rules if planning permission was granted.
He continued: “Many people expressed their anger and frustration that they had not been consulted on this sensitive issue – they felt they had been side-lined by the SNP-led council which seemed determined to proceed with this site.”
‘’It was clear that many members of the community were suspicious that Fife Council was determined to proceed no matter what and many also indicated that they had lost trust in its SNP leadership.’’
Concluded Mr Roy, ‘’It is imperative that there is full consultation and that local concerns are addressed.
‘’In that way, there is a possibility that trust can be re-established with the community and through such an approach residents are more likely to believe that a decision to proceed has not been prejudged.
‘’I therefore urge Fife Council to restore relations with the community by canvassing the views of local people and acting upon them.’’