Steps taken to resolve stairwell repair saga

TAYPORT;'25 William Street, Tayport. Pic of scaffolding at house which has been there for two years. Pic shows resident EDDIE ALLAN'photo; WALTER NEILSON
TAYPORT;'25 William Street, Tayport. Pic of scaffolding at house which has been there for two years. Pic shows resident EDDIE ALLAN'photo; WALTER NEILSON
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A SCAFFOLDING saga that has been driving a group of Tayport householders up the wall could soon be resolved.

Eddie and Ann Allan and their neighbours have been afraid to venture into their communal garden in William Street for the past two years.

Their stairwell is in a dangerous condition but vital repair work still hasn’t been carried out.

Mrs Allan, one of two council tenants in the block of four flats, contacted the Fife Herald in desperation this week after repeated pleas to Fife Council appeared to fall on deaf ears.

Her 87-year-old mother, Lexy Nelson, owns one of the upstairs flats but Mrs Allan says she’s too frightened to even pop down for a coffee and has virtually become a prisoner in her own home.

Mrs Allan (63) said: “The scaffolding has been holding up the stairwell for almost two years now and I’m dreading another summer.

“I have grandchildren ranging in age from eight months to 11 years and I can’t let them out because it’s just too dangerous.

“My other neighbours also have grandchildren and they’re in the same position, but the council just don’t seem interested.”

A spokesman for Fife Council explained that the hold-up was due to the mixed ownership of the four properties.

Colin Gilbert, area housing team leader, commented: “Unfortunately there have been a number of delays to this project.

“However these have now been resolved and we will shortly be in touch with residents to confirm when the work will be starting on site.”