diggers have moved on to the ground at Toll Park, Burntisland as work gets underway to prepare the area for a new primary school.
To help minimise disruption for people using the park, work has been prioritised and it is hoped the football pitch will be re-instated by the autumn while work continues on the new school.
The new state-of-the-art primary is part of Fife Council’s ‘‘Building Fife’s Future’’ programme.
Councillor Bryan Poole, Council spokesman for education, children, families and young people, said: “The high standard of learning and teaching at Burntisland Primary School has never been in question, but the facilities at the school were sorely lacking, with children being taught in a collection of Victorian buildings, extensions from the fifties and huts in the playground.
“This new school will provide the staff and children with an excellent facility where they can take full advantage of modern, purpose built classrooms.”
Local councillor George Kay said: “My two main wishes for 2013 are presently underway. We have the construction of Morrisons at Invertiel now a reality and we have the construction of a school equally a reality.
‘‘I regret there are still one or two people who wish to continue the debate whilst contributing nothing but negativity.
“For me that debate is concluded and we are dealing with the reality of a school being available by August 2014.
‘‘I also regret that some people may be inconvenienced during construction, but this is an inevitable consequence of achieving something worthwhile.”
He added: “This is a landmark time for Burntisland and I encourage the whole community to come behind the project and give us a school to match the potential of our children.”
Local councillor Susan Leslie added: “The start to the building is very important for the whole town.
‘‘There will be a full size football pitch with proper drainage ready for the new season in the autumn and then a year later a new school to provide a focus for the whole community. ‘Pupils and teachers will have the benefit of the most modern and appropriate learning.’’