Fairground seeks new Glenrothes compromise

Michael Stirling protesting about the prohibition to using the red ash field for pitching their stalls - at Red Ash Pitches, Warout Stadium, Glenrothes
Michael Stirling protesting about the prohibition to using the red ash field for pitching their stalls - at Red Ash Pitches, Warout Stadium, Glenrothes

Fairground owners banned from bringing future shows to Glenrothes met local residents last week in a bid to reach a compromise, reports NEIL HENDERSON.

Michael and Marcella Stirling listened to complaints from disgruntled Pinkerton Road residents who claim theyhave borne the brunt of disturbances and anti-social behaviour at three fairs whichhave visited Warout Playing Fields in the last 12 months.

More than 60 homeowners in the immediate vicinity had signed a petition urging Fife Council not to grant any future licences following a number of incidents, involving as many as 100 youths.

One resident, William Watt, said: “Ultimately it’s the fair that attracts the trouble but it would be better to find a suitable non-residential site rather than just ban it completely.”

Councillor Ross Vettraino told the Gazette: “I have sympathy with the Stirlings but as I see it following reservations from local residents and seeing the trouble first hand for myself the cons certainly outweigh the benefits and I would not support and future applications.”

Parks and community events officer, Keith Jackson, commented: “We’ve had to take on board the views of several different parties, including residents and the Showman’s Guild, to try and find a solution to this issue.

“But I’d like to reiterate our continued commitment to working with everyone, including residents and the guild, to find other suitable venues for the fair.

“I’m to meet with the guild again next week to discuss other potential Glenrothes sites for fun fairs in an effort to find an alternative.”