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PLANS to create community allotments on land at East March Street, Kirkcaldy have been given the go ahead.

Councillors on Kirkcaldy area committee approved the proposals to transform the piece of land between East March Street and Cairns Street East, which has become a focus for rubbish dumping and anti-social behaviour, into four allotments.

The committee heard planning officers considered the plans, which would also involve associated sheds and a security gate, to have a ‘positive visual impact on the immediate are by enhancing an area of derelict wasteland’.

Priority area

In her written report to the committee, Alison Arthur, planning officer, said: “Kirkcaldy has been highlighted in the Fife Council Allotment Strategy 2009-2014 as a priority area for new allotments.

“It is considered that this proposal would serve to meet the local demand for allotments while minimising any adverse impact on the surrounding area with respect to visual amenity, residential amenity and road safety issues.”

Councillors heard transportation services had been concerned due to a lack of off-street parking for the allotment site and objected to the plans, however, given the small number of plots on the site - which will be remain restricted to four in future - it was felt there would not be a significant increase in parking.

Support

Fife Council also received two letters of support for the plans on the grounds allotments would be good for the local community, it would stop the site being used to dump rubbish and there being parking available on the opposite side of East March Street where there are no houses.

Lawrence Brown, councillor for Kirkcaldy East, said: “We have consulted the people around the houses and they want it. At the moment it’s just waste ground used for dumping this and that.

“If it’s going to save the council clearing up dumping then it’s favourable for them too.”