Councillor urges council to ‘do more’ to deter camps

Cllr David Alexander at the site where travellers left rubbish and now wants to see boulders in place to stop them. Pic by George McLuskie
Cllr David Alexander at the site where travellers left rubbish and now wants to see boulders in place to stop them. Pic by George McLuskie
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A Levenmouth councillor has called on Fife Council to do more to dissuade travellers from setting up encampments in Kennoway.

Councillor David Alexander, who lives in the town, was dismayed to see piles of rubbish, including bikes, dog kennels and even excrement, left on waste ground close to the Sandybrae filling station earlier this month.

After the site was cleared, at a cost to the local authority, a second encampment soon set up. However, it moved on on Wednesday.

Cllr Alexander now wants to see more done to stop people from getting on to the site, which is completely accessible from the A916 Sandy Brae road.

He said: “Enough is enough now.

“It was tolerable when travellers came to this area anddid not leave mess, but this kind of behaviour is totally unacceptable.

“It was public money that had to be used to clear all of that up.

“The council could easily put some boulders down there – they wouldn’t even need to block the paths completely, just enough to stop the caravans from getting on to the land.”

Peter Farrell, travelling persons site manager, said last week: “We’re aware of this encampment and are investigating possible solutions to stop this from happening again.”