Fined for parking at our homes!

Locals on Hazel Avenue say they are being fined for parking on the street. Pic: FPA
Locals on Hazel Avenue say they are being fined for parking on the street. Pic: FPA

Residents in a quiet Kirkcaldy street say that single yellow lines painted by Fife Council are making their lives a misery.

They were painted on Hazel Avenue two years ago to try to alleviate some congestion caused by visitors to Victoria Hospital and the Sensory Impairment Centre on Wilson Avenue.

But people living on the street say that they are the one suffering - and some locals, including old folk who have lived there for decades, have been fined up to £30 for parking outside their own homes.

Now they want action.

William Davidson said: “It’s ridiculous that you can’t now park in front of your own front door after living here for all these years.”

Mr Davidson, who has lived on the street for the past two decades, added he had been in contact with the Council over the matter but had “got nowhere”.

...at the moment the Council is just exploiting the people who live here

William Davidson

The restriction means there is no parking on the lines, which run down both sides of the street, between 1,15-1.45 p.m. from Monday to Friday.

Mike Faulds, a resident of Hazel Avenue for 40 years, claimed that one of his neighbours had been fined twice, whilst Andy Dunsire (20 years) said he’d spoken to a traffic warden who said that residents would just have to move their cars.

“I believe the same restriction was put in place at Markinch Station and worked well, but it just doesn’t work here,” said Mr Davidson.

The residents are now asking Fife Council for a free permit which would exempt them from the restrictions.

“That’s all we want,” added Mr Davidson, “at the moment the Council is just exploiting the people who live here.”

Ian Smith, lead professional, traffic management (Mid Fife), said the Council was happy to work with the residents.

“We were made aware of this issue several years ago and consulted with residents over a set of options to help reduce all day parking linked to the hospital,” he said. “This resulted in the current ban on parking at lunchtime on Hazel Avenue.

“A recent meeting with NHS Fife and Ward Councillors confirmed that additional car parking spaces would soon be available at the hospital.

“When this occurs it may be possible to remove some of the waiting restrictions currently in place.”

Call to have situation resolved

Sandy Graham is another resident of Hazel Avenue.

“I find it mind-boggling that my car can receive a ticket even when I stay in the street,” he said.

“Never in my life after 33 years of driving have I heard and seen such nonsense in a street.”