Floods spark High Street checks

KIRKCALDY;'high street drainage problems
KIRKCALDY;'high street drainage problems

WORK is underway this week to prevent flooding in Kirkcaldy High Street, after heavy rain on Tuesday revealed problems with the new paving.

Contractors were back out after the area outside Marks and Spencers - a problem spot for small floods began to gather water once again - despite the multi-million pound regeneration of the street.

And in a separate problem, workers were busy measuring the camber of the newly-laid paving, when it became obvious that water was not running into the drains but instead gathering in puddles.

Water into drains

The teams were forced to shave off the corners and tops of some of the slabs in order to guide the water into the nearest drain.

And now contractors are putting CCTV in the pipes to find out why water is not flowing away properly at the area at the top of Tolbooth Street.

However, Fife Council said this week that the work was merely part of the process.

Tim Masters, lead officer with asset management and projects, said: “There seems to be a blockage in the gully outside Marks and Spencers.

‘‘We will be filling the pipe with high pressure water and putting CCTV cameras down so we can ascertain what the problem is.

“With the other puddles, workmen have been grating the high corners from the stone blocks. It’s really just one or two millimetres of water, but fear is that it will freeze come winter if it is not fixed.

“It’s part of the process and we are convinced we can get it all sorted out. We are working to such tight time scales - unfortunately it’s just one of those things when we are laying blocks like this.

New bins

‘‘It’s not until you get the slabs in that you can see any issues.”

This week contractors will be putting in the last of the street furniture, including seats and bins.

Councillor Alice Soper, chairman of the Kirkcaldy area committee, said: “It has been quite obvious and I’m glad work is being done to sort the problem out sooner rather than later. It’s part of the ongoing works and there are bound to be some snags - it hasn’t been an easy job.”