Housebuilder promises permanent path for Capshard schoolkids

Councillors Ross and Crooks at the Muttonhall Path. Pic: FPA
Councillors Ross and Crooks at the Muttonhall Path. Pic: FPA

Parents of children who walk from the new housing estates off Chapel Level in Kirkcaldy to Capshard Primary School have welcomed news that a permanent path is to be built to keep their youngsters safe.

Following changes to the catchment area, all houses to the north of Chapel Level were designated to Capshard within Dunnikier Estate.

Meikle Loan, Kirkcaldy. Pic: FPA

Meikle Loan, Kirkcaldy. Pic: FPA

As part of a safer route to the school, avoiding the Chapel Level dual carriageway, Fife Council signed an agreement with the developer of the Muttonhall housing site, Ambassador Homes, to build a temporary footpath across the undeveloped part of the housing site until a permanent connection could be provided. The temporary footpath was opened at the start of the school term in August 2012.

However since then Barratt has taken over the site and work is starting on building across part of the path, with parents fearing that it would be closed and the youngsters would have to walk along the busy dual carriageway.

Councillor David Ross, Council leader and councillor for the area, said, “Cllr Neil Crooks and myself met representatives of Barratt and it was agreed that a replacement path would be provided before the existing temporary one is closed.

“This was not part of their requirement so we are very pleased that they have agreed to do this to keep the children safe.”

Fife Council has received the required four weeks notice from Barratt of its intention to remove the temporary footpath. However an assurance has been provided that the temporary footpath will not be stopped up until a permanent one is provided.