Let the chimes ring out!

Morag Douglas and John Russell collected a petition to save the chimes
Morag Douglas and John Russell collected a petition to save the chimes
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Burntisland’s silent clock tower could soon be chiming proudly once more.

An amicable solution which could see the chimes reinstated but at a lower volume during the night has been deemed possible - and local residents are now being urged to give their backing.

A public meeting being held will seek the views of people in the town before a decision is taken.

Councillor George Kay, who helped lead the campaign to have the chimes reinstated after they were removed in November, following a complaint by ONE resident that they were too noisy, said he was hopeful a solution could be in sight.

“I hope that we have arrived at an answer to the problem of having the chimes sound 24 hours per day,” he said.

Silencing the chimes caused a tremendous backlash among residents who argued that one person’s view should not be held above those of the majority.

A 1100-signature petition was presented to Fife Council calling for them to be brought back. A demonstration was also held at the clock tower in December with around 200 protestors bringing along their own bells which they rang on the hour.

Councillor Kay added: “A series of meetings have been held in the past five months with participation of councillors, community councillors and officers .

Court costs

‘‘The legal position was challenged but it was felt that it would have to be tested at the Court Of Session with a serious cost and doubtful outcome.

‘‘A look at the mechanics suggested several solutions which would have been of doubtful effectiveness and again expensive.

“At the last Community Council meeting and a meeting with councillors and officers, I suggested the way forward could be to run the chimes during the day as normal and then to revert at night to an electronic recording which could be set at a level which could be maximised at the level compliant with legal limits.

‘‘This would be approximately 85 per cent of the present level.”