MSP’s safety fears over coastal erosion

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A KIRKCALDY MSP has expressed concerns over public safety as a result of coastal erosion in Dysart.

Marilyn Livingstone called together representatives from the Council’s harbour, flood and coast department, Fife Coast and Countryside Trust, Dysart Trust and local councillors for a meeting earlier this week to discuss what further action can be taken to increase the safety of the area for residents and walkers.

The Labour MSP made the move after receiving letters from constituents concerned about safety and the increased level of pollution on the beaches from the Frances bing.

Fife Council has recently taken steps to increase public safety against coastal erosion in Dysar.

Warning signs

It has put up fencing and warning signs to protect users of Dovecot Park and walkers on the coast.

However, equally worrying is the increased level of pollution from the coal bing and concerns have been raised about the current state of the Michael bing.

Last year the coastal path was named runner up in the 2010 Joules Award for the UK’s Best Coastal Path and was the highest-rated Scottish coastal path.

Mrs Livingstone has called for measures to be put in place to protect it from coastal erosion and pollution and also because it is used by over half a million walkers each year and generates around £24m for the Fife economy.

She said: “Coastal erosion has serious consequences for those in Dysart and the Wemyss villages.

Key role

“Fife Coastal Path has a key role to play in our tourism industry and we must ensure it is protected for both residents and tourists.

“I hope this will be the first of many meetings on how we can work together to combat coastal erosion for the people of Dysart and the Wemyss villages”.

Mrs Livingstone intends to call for a meeting with the Coal Authority to discuss the situation at the Michael bing and hopes Fife Council, with other partners, can provide funding for a feasibility study on the situation at the Frances Bing.