Residents delighted after Council u-turn

Fredrick Robb

Fredrick Robb

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Residents in a Caskieberran street are celebrating at the news that Fife Council is to rip up a recently-installed bollard that blocks vehicle access to their homes.

The Council’s transportation staff had insisted the obstruction was to remain, despite a raft of complaints and a petition from residents calling for the bollard in Ravenswood Drive to be removed.

But now the local authority has agreed to a surprising u-turn, following the intervention of several councillors.

Resident Fredrick Robb, who started the petition, told the Gazette common sense had finally prevailed.

“We are all delighted that the stupid bollard is to be ripped up, but it begs the question why it was ever put there in the first place,” said Mr Robb.

“We are the victims of the design of this precinct and to deny access to the our homes by the only available passage without even consulting with residents was wrong. Hopefully, lessons have been learned.”

Councillor Bill Brown, chairman of the Glenrothes area committee, said the installation of the bollard should never have gone ahead and is pleased that residents will now have an input in future.

“I’m delighted that officers have reconsidered this issue and that they will consult with all residents on other parking and access-related issues locally,” said Cllr Brown.

Cllr Julie Ford added: “I’m delighted for the residents who clearly had a valid argument and I’m pleased the bollard is to be removed.”