Council’s budget could stretch to re-surfacing

St Andrews Labour councillor, Brian Thomson, and St Andrews community councillor, Chris Wallard.

St Andrews Labour councillor, Brian Thomson, and St Andrews community councillor, Chris Wallard.

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Improvements to the uneven and dangerous surface on a section of Hepburn Gardens has been earmarked for repair by Fife Council.

St Andrews Labour councillor, Brian Thomson, and St Andrews community councillor, Chris Wallard, have welcomed the positive response to their call for road repairs.

Councillor Thomson said: “I’d been contacted by a number of local residents - particularly those who cycle - who are very concerned about the uneven surface on the stretch of Hepburn Gardens between the Melville Park roundabout and the junction with Lawhead Road East.

“The concerns expressed led to me teaming up with Chris, to call for improvements.

“With a number of residents having expressed concerns about the speed of traffic on this section of road, I’m also pleased that the introduction of a permanent 20mph speed limit and traffic calming have been included in the Area Transportation Work Programme for 2016/17.

David Brown, service manager Fife Council said: “We plan to carry out resurfacing to Hepburn Gardens in the coming financial year. The works will be funded from revenue and we’re awaiting the budget decision in February for confirmation.”

Chris Wallard, said: “I’m delighted that Fife Council have recognised the need to repair this much used stretch of road. If the funding is confirmed, it would be great news for cyclists and road safety.”