Compromise reached over Ceres goalposts

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A COMPROMISE in the row over new football goalposts in Ceres has been met with a mixed reaction by villagers.

One set of nets has been put back up on the green following a meeting on Thursday, April 5, between local authority officials, community council representatives and the police.

The solitary posts will be in place for a four-week trial period, with council youth workers being on hand to provide support.

Fife Council erected two sets of goals a fortnight ago to discourage youngsters from kicking balls against neighbouring resident John Mitchell’s house.

But they were swiftly taken down again after the chair of Ceres Community Council objected to a lack of consultation over the move.

The U-turn was met with an outcry from residents who felt the goalposts were a positive addition to the village.

Kate Hughes, Fife Council’s area services manager for north east Fife, said: “I was having a strategic meeting with senior police so it seemed opportune to invite Grant Robertson [chair] and Bob Scott [secretary] from the community council along.

“We had a really good discussion in which the genuine concerns of the community council were aired and we agreed a compromise of putting one set of goals back up on a temporary basis.

“The community council were very supportive of that.”

But posting on the Fife Herald’s Facebook page, several villagers reacted with bemusement to the decision to replace only one set of posts.

Sarah Buttercase wrote: “I’m a bit confused.

“First of all, why only one goalpost?

“Secondly, why so close to the road, surely this isn’t safe for our children?

“Thirdly, the turf will become more damaged due to only one post as kids will play in this one area.

“Lastly, why can’t the goals be a permanent fixture instead of temporary?”

Ms Hughes said: “There was concern that having what is effectively a full football pitch on the green may attract older people from outwith the village.

“There is already a proper pitch elsewhere in Ceres and having one set of goalposts works well in other villages, because the young folk are really just looking for a kickabout area.”

She added: “We’ll evaluate it after the four weeks to see if it’s made a difference and then we’ll have more discussions with the community council to see if it will become permanent.

“Hopefully it’s an opportunity for young people to come down to the green and enjoy the space, and stop the damage being done to the neighbouring home.”

In a letter to be published in this week’s Fife Herald (Friday, April 13), community council secretary Bob Scott said the group supported the latest move.