Roadworks drive hotels to despair

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ROAD works around the Lundin Links and Lower Largo areas are costing local hotels business, claim their owners.

Stewart Dykes, of the Crusoe Hotel and Martin White of the Lundin Links Hotel say various works and diversions are putting people off.

According to Fife Council, footway works have forced the closure of the A915 Largo Road, which is seeing traffic diverted through Crescent Road, Drummochy Road and Harbour Wynd.

Temporary traffic signals have also been installed on the Leven Road, while street lighting works are carried out.

Mr Dykes told the Mail that the timing of the works, over the Easter break, was “sheer stupidity” and were affecting his, and other businesses.

“It’s absolute madness down here,” he said.

“We’ve read in the East Fife Mail about the difficulties the Lundin Links Hotel is having to get people in, and then they go and do things like this.

“Everybody is just driving past or not going out at all; it’s affecting the whole community.

“Why they chose a time of year like this to do it I don’t know.

“Heavy goods vehicle drivers are being diverted down and we’ve had the police down to deal with the traffic jams that they’ve caused.”

David Smeaton, lead officer for roads management in north Fife, said the improvements were arranged to take place over the Easter holidays because the roads are traditionally quieter at this time.

He added: “However, we acknowledge that many people will want to visit this part of the East Neuk over the Easter weekend, so to encourage visitors to the area, we will be reopening the road from early Friday evening on April 6 until Monday morning.”

On access for heavy good vehicles, David added that a specific diversion route is sign posted for all vehicles over 18 tonnes which avoids Lundin Links and Lower Largo, and there are specific signposts explaining there is no access to Lundin Links for those vehicles.

Martin White, owner of the Lundin Links Hotel, added: “It’s really bad timing and people are now either using my car park as a roundabout to do U turns or we get bypassed altogether by the diversion.

“Not smart for the Easter weekend.”