PARENTS and others in Ceres who have been campaigning for two sets of goalposts on the village green would appear to have lost their battle.
Ceres and District Community Council decided in private session to reject the proposal.
The council shares the view of a resident who is concerned about the proximity of the green to a busy road.
There has been a simmering row in the village for some time over the siting of goalposts on the green.
It was about eight years ago that the goalposts vanished from the green.
Last summer a battle to get them reinstated succeeded, but the community council almost immediately demanded the removal of one set, fearing the area would become a permanent pitch.
The community council says there is a proper pitch at Curling Pond Road, but many parents say the area is too remote.
Following Monday night’s meeting of the council, secretary Bob Scott said the issue was raised by many of those attending.
“There are two factions with widely differing views on this matter. This was also apparent at the meeting organised by Jack Nicholson on February 27.
“Folks living next to the green are not in favour of there being two sets of goalposts because of the potential disturbance factor.
“At a meeting of the councillors, following the public meeting, all members agreed with the point raised by John Mitchell at the February 27 meeting when he stated that if a second goalpost was to be located on the green near to the main road, there was always the possibility of a child running on to the main road to retrieve a ball and being injured, or worse.
“Therefore it was agreed, by seven votes to one, that only one goalpost should be located on the green to allow young children to practise their football skills.
“The official pitch on Curling Pond Road should be used for football matches.”
About 40 people attended last week’s public meeting in the village, called by Mr Nicholson.
He said youngsters had been responsible when two sets of goalposts were in place.
“The kids were moving the goals so that the grass did not become worn.”
A police officer, who was asked if there had been any trouble on the green, said there had been no complaints over the last six months.
A resident - whose letter was read out at the meeting - said: “Does Ceres want to be known as the village of grumpy old men and women?”
John Mitchell - who has had pantiles broken by youngsters battering footballs off his roof - said the situation depressed him.
He had no views on whether there should be one or two sets of goalposts - although damage to his property occurred when the second set of nets had been removed.
On the other hand, the green was not suitable for football as it was next to the burn and the roadside and he did not want to be responsible for any youngster being killed in an accident.
He believed the matter could have been resolved five years ago when the Glebe - which would have been suitable for football - came on the market, but Fife Council had not pursued the matter.
Mr Scott said that the village green was a multi-purpose area for public events.
“It is not and never has been a football pitch.
“Fife Council has provided the village with a full-size football pitch next to the tennis court and bowling green.”
Parent Norma Hopkins attended last week’s meeting as well as the public part of Monday’s community council.
She thought it was wrong that the decision had been taken in private.
“Mr Scott indicated at last week’s meeting that the community council might be prepared to organise a ballot to obtain the community’s views.
“The community council is supposed to be here to represent us, but, at the end of the day, they’ve just made up their own mind.”
Norma had supported the case for two goalposts on the centrally- located area as it would have been easier for her - and others - to keep an eye on her son, Jordan, who is recovering from a brain tumour.
Campaigners for the two sets of posts organised a petition which gained 365 signatures.