MSP dock concerns: We need action and answers

MSP David Torrance at methil dock 3, which has fallen into a state of disrepair. Picture by FPA
MSP David Torrance at methil dock 3, which has fallen into a state of disrepair. Picture by FPA
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Concerns have been raised over the safety of a Methil dock which has been allowed to fall into a state of disrepair.

No.3 dock at Methil Harbour was damaged during particularly bad storms in 2012 –but, despite calls for repairs to be carried out over two years ago, nothing has been done. David Torrance MSP is now calling for action because of safety concerns.

Questions now have to be asked as to where and what this money has been allocated to.

David Torrance MSP

The Mail first reported on the problem in March 2013.

Methil Fairway Boat Club and Mr Torrance raised concerns about the safety of the harbour wall, which had started to crumble, leaving a huge cavity underneath.

Scott Harper, a director of owners Methil Dock No.3 Assets Ltd, confirmed repairs were to be carried out as part of a summer works programme later that year.

However, Scott Greer of the boat club, confirmed last week that no action has been taken - and now the problem is even worse.

He said that people are still regularly walking along the harbour wall - despite a safety barrier having been put in place - and he regularly sees children playing in the cavity where the wall has fallen away.

“It’s an accident waiting to happen,” he said.

Mr Torrance told the Mail he was “extremely disappointed” that the repairs had not been carried out, and is now asking questions about Scottish Enterprise funding which was put in place for the upkeep of the wall.

“A substantial sum of public money was given by Scottish Enterprise to maintain the area,” he said. “Questions now have to be asked as to where and what this money has been allocated to. I will be making enquiries to Scottish Enterprise to ascertain if and for what this money has been used.”

He added: “I will be looking for this important issue to be rectified as soon as possible, with a satisfactory outcome that will ensure the outer the sea wall is made safe both for the boat club members and the general community.”