Glenrothes youngsters fight to keep builders off their play area

Sisters Sara and Hana Saeed hand over the childrens' petition to Peter Scobie.
Sisters Sara and Hana Saeed hand over the childrens' petition to Peter Scobie.
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Youngsters in Pitteuchar are putting further pressure on Fife Council to scrap housing plans that would do away with a traditional play area.

A petition containing the signatures of 30 children who live within the vicinity of Tantallon Avenue in the Glenrothes suburb, the proposed location for 10 new social housing dwellings, has been handed to the area’s community council.

The children decided to protest after Fife Council housing services announced new plans that would include building on a strip of land adjacent to a play park that children in the area have used to play on for generations.

Only last week, a petition containing around 200 signatures from local residents was also handed to community representatives.

Members of the Pitteuchar Stenton and Finglassie Community Council (PSFCC) are now expected to present the two documents and a list of concerns regarding the housing plans to Glenrothes councillors when they meet at November’s area committee.

Peter Scobie, PSFCC chairman, commended the efforts of the children and promised that councillors and housing services officer would be made fully aware of depth of feeling over the plans.

“People are not happy about the development, be it parking, who will be allocated the houses, the loss of a play area, or access, and we are determined to have residents’ views heard,” said Mr Scobie.

Residents who attended a public meeting at the Exit Centre on Thursday evening said they would fight the proposals “tooth and nail” and branded the plans “ludicrous”.

Angry voices condemn Council’s housing plans

Residents in Pitteuchar voiced their concerns over Fife Council’s proposal for a new social housing development in Tantallon Avenue at a hastily-arranged public meeting on Thursday evening.

Angry residents roundly condemned the plans, claiming parking would be “impossible” by hindering access for emergency services. The potential loss of land used by children to play on “for decades” was also a concern.

Criticism was heaped too on Fife Council’s lack of publicity regarding an information session which took place in August.

“A three-centimetre advert in the press is just not good enough. We should have been told,” said one disgruntled resident.

Councillor Ross Vettraino said the Council would have to improve its communication with local communities significantly, as the Tantallon Avenue proposal has demonstrated.

He said: “When people take the time and trouble to respond to the Council’s invitation to provide feedback, the Council should reply to each person individually in response to what they have said, as well as letting them know what effect their comments, collectively, had on the proposal.

“ I have written to the Council’s head of housing asking for assurance that that will be done. I have also asked if the option to convert Bankhead House back to its original use, as houses, had been considered and, if not, why not.”