Cardenden kicks up stink over Council’s u-turn on toilet block

Cardenden Community Council members stand outside Fife Council's toilet block on Main Street

Cardenden Community Council members stand outside Fife Council's toilet block on Main Street

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A campaign is mounting to halt Fife Council’s “astonishing” plans to auction off a disused block of toilets in Cardenden.

After submitting to pleas from Cardenden Community Council, the authority agreed to demolish the building on Main Street rather than allow it to become a derelict eyesore.

However, angry community council members now fear the cash-strapped authority’s u-turn could mean the building is left to slowly rot under private ownership.

Chairman David Taylor claimed it was a cynical move to “pass on the problem to someone else”.

“It would be fine if someone were to buy it and create a shop but that’s not likely to happen in this current economic climate,” he said.

“Rather than spend money knocking it down, they sell it off, which sounds logical but they did that with two other buildings in the community 10-15 years ago and they are still sitting as eyesores.”

Cllr Mark Hood confirmed a job request to demolish the building had been submitted and was expected to happen soon.

He was “astonished” to learn of the auction and, in support of the community council, has raised concerns with Council officers.

“It would seem the Council is failing to learn the lessons of the past and by simply selling these properties does not help rejuvenate our local area.”

The building lot is scheduled to go under the hammer in Edinburgh on October 23.

Micheal O’Gorman, estate service manager said:“The sale was suggested by environmental services as a budget saving proposal and stems from the need to reduce revenue costs in the light of the financial pressures being experienced by the Council.

“Consideration was given to demolition, but rather than incurring those costs - as there is a prospect of securing a modest income receipt - it is to be offered for sale.

‘‘There will be no conditions imposed on the purchaser in respect of redevelopment timescales. A planning application will be required for a change of use or other material alterations, any such consent will be time limited.”