Festival rains leave fields of glaur

PITTENWEEM;'West Braes Park, which was left in a mess after being used as a temporary car park during art festival'Photo ; WALTER NEILSON
PITTENWEEM;'West Braes Park, which was left in a mess after being used as a temporary car park during art festival'Photo ; WALTER NEILSON
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RESIDENTS have complained after festival-goers left their village resembling a battle ground.

Braving torrential rain, around 20,000 visitors flocked to the Pittenweem Arts Festival, turning grassland car parks into mud pits.

Over a week later, the state of the fields at West Braes and Charles Street were still causing controversy.

One local, who wished to remain anonymous, said: “West Braes still looks like a scene from the Battle of Passchendaele; a tank-proving ground after exercises in the rain.”

Festival board director Jan-Karel Querido, who is responsible for infrastructure, said the waterlogged car parks – which had capacity for 1400 vehicles – prompted a decision on Saturday, August 13, to direct traffic to Waid Academy in neighbouring Anstruther, where a shuttle bus was made available.

“The weather conditions were so extreme,” he said.

“If you talk to locals, they say they have never seen anything like it in 20 years.”

Mr Querido added he had not yet spoken to Fife Council but the damage was “nowhere near as bad as it looked”.

Stephen Cowan, area parks supervisor, said: “We have been working closely with the festival committee which did all that it could to keep cars off the grass during the period of heavy rain by encouraging people to park at Waid Academy.

“The field will be rolled over to iron out the tracks once it dries out and vertidrained with a spike machine.”