Kirkcaldy residents unhappy with upheaval and workforce building new school

The view from Mr O'Connor's window recently
The view from Mr O'Connor's window recently

It may be on time and running smoothly, but some residents living in Kirkcaldy’s Windmill Road, opposite the site of the new school are not happy.

They say that traffic measures put in place to allow building of the school’s car park are making their lives a misery.

I know they have to get on and do the job, but I think it could have been done in a better way

Jim Ross

George O’Connor, who lives in Windmill Road, claims that coning off one side of the street is making it difficult for home-owners to get their cars out of their driveways.

And he told the Press that when his wife had moved the cones back temporarily to reverse her X3 out onto the main road, workmen had immediately moved them back before she could move her vehicle.

He also claimed they had had a number of run-ins with workers who, he says are parking their vehicles, including works vans between cones on the same side of the road as the houses, making it more difficult for them to see oncoming traffic.

And another neighbour Jim Ross (84), said he had been so busy concentrating on not hitting the cones in the middle of the road that he had scraped his car off his driveway wall.

“I have lived here since 1972 and never had an accident before, but it’s just too tight to get out of the drive with the cones there,” he explained.

“I know they have to get on and do the job, but I think it could have been done in a better way.”

The residents also say the dust from the site has made it impossible for them to be able to open their windows, while Mr O’Connor, who works shifts, says the noise makes it virtually impossible for him to sleep during the day.

Martin Cooper, construction director with BAM Construction, which is building the new school for Fife Council, said everything was on time and being done correctly.

“We are carrying out all our work in accordance with the approved guidelines. The boundary of the site has to 
be cordoned off with three metres around it for workers’ safety,” he said.

Colin McCredie, BFF programme manager at Fife Council, added: “We appreciate that this work is causing some disruption in the local area and I’d like to thank everyone for their patience and co-operation while these necessary works are being carried out.

“The work is progressing well and we hope to have everything back to normal as soon as possible. All the necessary consents for this work are in place and I’m confident that BAM are woking to the health and safety standards that apply to all contractors working in Fife.”