fed-UP Dysart residents are calling for a road to be re-opened – more than three years after it collapsed.
Part of a garden wall and the edge of the public road slid down into the garden of a house in High Street in December 2009.
Villagers claimed the landslide was caused by heavy traffic being diverted from Normand Road, where gas pipes were being laid, via Edington Place and the High Street. They say the narrow road was not designed to cope with lorries and buses and, together with bad weather, this caused the collapse.
Legal action followed in which various factors were blamed, but Fife Council was found not liable. However the court said it was unreasonable for the landowners to be expected to meet the substantial cost.
Fife Council’s transportation boss says various options are being investigated to find funding to carry out the work. However the reassurances are cold comfort to householders and traders in Dysart who say something needs to be done immediately.
At the Man i’ the Rock pub in the High Street, licensees Anne Grimes and Zoe Hisbent say that since the road was closed off trade has fallen and they are missing a lot of passing trade.
“It has been horrendous,” said Anne. “We have noticed a significant drop in trade and we have called the Council lots of times, but just keep getting fobbed off by saying it is in the hands of their solicitors.
“What happened was not surprising as every time a bus or lorry went past you could feel the whole road vibrate.
“The Council came out and blocked off the road and put a fence around the collapsed part and it has been lying like that ever since.”
John Cunningham, a local postie, said the blocked road had made his job more difficult.
“I used to be able to drive right up the road and now I have to do it in two trips.”
Margaret Galbraith (39), lives with her two young sons in High Street.
“Parking is the main issue for me and now it is a dead end many people double park and it causes problems. It was difficult at first when my sons were younger and I couldn’t park next to the house and had to carry them and the shopping up to my door.”
And Irene Suttie, whose house overlooks the sight, said: “It has been a nightmare and it has gone on for far too long.”
Dr Bob McLellan, head of transportation services with Fife Council, said: “There is no one clear reason why this privately-owned wall collapsed. It was very old but there were a variety of contributing factors.
“The Council has not been found liable for the damage but, given the scale of work required and taking everything into account, the sheriff said it was unreasonable to ask the landowners to bear the full cost of repairs.
“We are considering the options available and investigating funding sources for the work that’s needed.”