Exotic and eye-catching plants are being stolen from open-air displays in Levenmouth – and Fife Council bosses are mystified as to why.
In the last couple of weeks, a buxus ball and decorative spiral plants have been removed from flower beds in Leven, Methil and Kennoway.
Council leaders say they don’t quite understand the reasons – but have criticised the waste of public money and the disruption to work.
The buxus ball, which resembles a green football, and the decorative spiral plants were installed in an ongoing summer bedding programme, to boost the area’s appearance.
But they were later dug up and removed from a roundabout near Sainsbury’s in Leven, The Cross in Kennoway and near Methil cemetery.
The incidents had been reported to Levenmouth police and John Haskell, local team manager for parks, streets and open spaces, said he was bemused by the offences.
“It’s sad they’re doing this, when the plants are there for the good of the public.
“They are big – the spiral would have taken some effort to lift out of the ground – but I don’t know why someobdy would be taking them. Hopefully, they are just one-offs.”
Mr Haskell added: “It’s a loss of public money at the end of the day. We are spending public money to make the area look good and somebody is ruining that good effect.”
Councillor Jim Young said the efforts were for the benefit of the whole area, while local area committee vice-chairman Cllr David Graham said it was very disappointing for all the groups who worked so hard to improve Levenmouth’s communities.