South Road residents demand 20mph limit

South Road in Cupar.
South Road in Cupar.

RESIDENTS of a busy Cupar street have called on it to be made a 20mph zone before a tragedy happens.

People living in South Road and neighbouring streets met last Thursday night to discuss how the speed and volume of vehicles which pass their homes, can be tackled.

Mother of two Ali Rankin, who attended the meeting, said she did not want an accident to happen before something was done.

She said: “My children have had to become very street-wise living here but its not the case for their friends who visit.

“I don’t want to see a child hurt or worse, just because drivers can’t slow down.

“It is currently a 30mph limit but drivers go at crazy speeds; we need to stop this and make drivers aware that they’re going too fast.”

Another resident said that while police monitoring and speed cameras does help, the problem comes back as soon as the police leave.

“I think it’s good that the police visit the area, but they are too visible and aren’t actually catching speeders,” she said.

“These people should be found, fined and made to feel the full force of the law.”

As well as a 20mph speed restriction, residents said a priority system may also prevent damage to parked vehicles and result in less ‘road rage’ from motorists.

Better signage from the A92 New Inn roundabout - stating Cupar can also be accessed via Melville Lodges and the A91 - could also help limit the volume of traffic including HGVs using the route.

A controlled crossing was also felt necessary as there is no crossing point on the entire stretch of road except a traffic island near Tesco.

Vance Finnon, who is just one of many residents to have had cars damaged, written-off and pets killed, said Fife Council’s own statistics show that reducing the speed limit to 20mph dramatically reduces the potential for a fatality.

Several comments were made that Fife Council was treating South Road, which is a narrow carriageway, like an unofficial Cupar bypass.

Residents, backed by Cupar Community Council and North East Fife MSP Roderick Campbell, are hopeful that a meeting with Fife Council transportation officials and local councillors will result in solutions being found to the problem.

The meeting, which is open to all residents, will be held in Cupar County Buildings on Wednesday, June 20 at 7pm.

n A planning application to build 34 houses and flats on the former Martex site in South Road, due to go before the north east Fife area committee on Wednesday, has been recommended for approval by planning officials despite numerous objections including one from the community council.