Co-operation plea to make exit safer

THE Co-op says it is looking at ways to improve pedestrian safety at its Cupar store following pleas from residents.

Concerns have been raised about the exit to the car park, which sees vehicles cross a busy pavement before entering West Port.

Cupar Community Council has written to the Co-op after members suggested it was “only a matter of time” before someone was hurt.

TRAFFIC

Secretary Douglas Provan wrote: “At our Cupar Community Council meeting the members asked me to contact you to see if there is anything you can do to make the exit from your car park in Cupar safer, either by signage or other methods to make motorists aware of pedestrians using the pavement.

“Traffic leaving your car park has to cross the pavement to join the road.

“There have been several near misses of cars colliding with pedestrians who are walking along the pavement.”

In an email to Cupar councillor Margaret Kennedy, Fife Council transport officer Colin Stirling said the local authority had been in touch with the Co-op about pedestrian safety as far back as 2009.

Suggestions put forward by the council included painting give-way markings at the junction and a red pedestrian lane up the side of the exit.

SEGREGATION

Mr Stirling said that while the car park was the Co-op’s responsibility, the council could complement any improvements by adding dimpled slabs on the West Port pavement to assist the visually impaired, as well as pedestrian barriers at either side of the exit to provide more segregation from vehicles.

A spokesperson for The Co-operative Food said: “We are investigating what improvements could made to the entrance and exit to the car park of our Cupar store.

“Safety is of the utmost importance to us, and we will liaise with Fife Council and Cupar Community Council before proceeding with any work.”