Overgrown cemetery at Scoonie ‘a disgrace’

Fife Council has been slated for the condition of Scoonie Cemetery.
Fife Council has been slated for the condition of Scoonie Cemetery.

FIFE Council has come in for stinging criticism over its maintenance of Scoonie cemetery in Leven.

A number of upset and angry readers contacted the Mail this week to complain about the recent state of the Largo Road site.

Nearly all focused on the length of the grass and overgrown weeds, with the general feeling that the cemetery, and its occupants, had simply been forgotten about by the local authority.

May Kilmurray, from Livingston, said she visits once every month to pay her respects to loved ones.

She said her most recent visit last week left her upset.

“I don’t think this should be allowed to go on,” she said.

“The grass is unreal. It’s as if you are out in the country, in the wilderness, and have come across an old church with a graveyard attached to it, with the grass so overgrown.

“Talk about the Methil Ming – that has nothing on Scoonie cemetery.”

Bob Hunter, who visited to put flowers on his father’s grave, said he was in “total shock” and the state of the cemetery broke his heart.

He added: “The council had not cut the grass for months and it looks like my dad and all the others buried there are lying in a cow field. This is disgusting, as the grass was nearly up to my knees. Get this sorted, Fife Council.”

Gloria Mullen also contacted the Mail, after speaking with Fife Council, and said she was told there had been a number of complaints made.

She added: “I really think it’s disrespectful. The grass is so long in front of the headstones, you can barely see the bottom of them.

“If they are out cutting golf courses and playing fields, why can’t they cut cemeteries? It is so disrespectful.”

A spokesperson for Fife Council told the Mail Scoonie cemetery had not been forgotten.

She added: “There was a maintenance squad out working in it over the weekend. The grounds are now up to standard.”