Safety first with new path to Capshard

Cllr David Ross, Nicola King (parent council), Cllr Neil Crooks and pupils Logan and Harry Piotrowicz, Amy and Jack and Calum Livingstone. Picture by FPA.

Cllr David Ross, Nicola King (parent council), Cllr Neil Crooks and pupils Logan and Harry Piotrowicz, Amy and Jack and Calum Livingstone. Picture by FPA.

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A new path taking children safely between Capshard Primary School to the new housing estates near Sainsbury’s in Kirkcaldy has opened.

The Muttonhall Path had to be closed temporarily for a diversion section to be added after Barratt began building in an area the path went through.

Children who used the path were taken to and from the school by buses laid on by Fife Council to prevent them having to walk along the busy dual carriageway on Chapel Level for the duration of the construction work.

The recent spell of bad weather delayed progress a little as ground conditions were too soft for the heavy machinery to access the area of the works.

There was also an issue with the Council’s existing street lighting column from which a new connection had to be taken which required the column to be replaced.

However, the work was completed in the last week, with street lighting added and the new section of path laid.

Work to remove the last of the scrub and bushes and tidy up the surrounding ground was completed on Monday, with the footpath re-opened on Wednesday.

Further works to provide dog fouling bins, signs, hedges, fencing and landscaping of the new open area will be carried out outwith school start and finish times.

The quick completion of the project came about following discussions between local councillors Neil Crooks, chairman of the Kirkcaldy area committee and David Ross, leader of the council, with representatives from Barratt Homes which carried out the work on behalf of the council.

Councillor Crooks said: “This was not a straightforward project and at this time of year, the weather was always going to be an unpredictable factor.

“We are glad it is now complete, thanks to the co-operation of Barratts, and the children can again enjoy their walk to school on a safe and well lit path.”

Nicola King, a member of the Capshard Parent Council added: “We are rather proud of out wee path.

‘‘We are happy at how the Council has pulled out all the stops in getting it ready for us.”