Hope for more potholes to be repaired in East Wemyss

Resident Ian Rodger at one of the deep potholes, in Victoria Avenue, East Wemyss (picture by George McLuskie)
Resident Ian Rodger at one of the deep potholes, in Victoria Avenue, East Wemyss (picture by George McLuskie)
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Residents in East Wemyss are hoping Fife Council will continue a bit further up their street when repairing a cluster of potholes.

The authority is proposing next month to fix a number of deep holes and crumbling surfaces in St Mary’s Terrace and Randolph Street – but only at the entrances to both streets.

The work is being done under a road safety remit, although the Council is not responsible for the maintenance of the roads.

That responsibility lies with the residents, in a ruling linked to their ownership of the properties near the former Michael colliery.

Villagers welcomed news of the proposed repairs but knew the Council was unlikely to adopt the streets.

However, they hoped the authority might fill in more of the potholes, which blight further stretches of the road up to Victoria Avenue.

Resident Ian Cunningham said the issue of responsibility was well known but he hoped to take the case up with MSPs.

Fellow householder Ian Rodger added: “This problem is not going to go away and, if there’e a bad winter, it will be 100 times worse.”

Mr Rodger too was glad about the scheduled repairs but said residents shouldn’t be expected to maintain the road when Council lorries and school minibuses used it regularly, along with many people who parked their cars before going for a walk along the Coastal Path.

Dave Paterson, the Council’s local area services manager for Levenmouth, said it was really up to residents to seek a long-term solution but the Council was willing to liaise with them.