What’s the alternative?

4111004 SSFF travellers site 'entrance and site of planned new short-stop travellers site at Pitcairn, Cardenden plus wide sweep of road looking towards Lochgelly
4111004 SSFF travellers site 'entrance and site of planned new short-stop travellers site at Pitcairn, Cardenden plus wide sweep of road looking towards Lochgelly
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RESIDENTS in Cardenden have hit out over the three “alternative” sites being considered by Fife Council for a stopover site for gypsy travellers on the outskirts of their village.

Following discussion over the cost of developing the site originally proposed at Pitcairn being very high because of the need for drainage and access arrangements, officers went back and re-examined other options in the vicinity which they said could be developed at a lower cost.

But the village’s Community Council say the sites, which would still all access the main Cardenden to Lochgelly Road, give rise to the same traffic concerns.

“All they have done is looked at three bits of land around the existing one – one at the bottom of the hill, one in the middle and one at the top – which all still come out onto the busy main road,” said David Taylor, secretary.

“These sites would still have the same traffic problems that we raised about the original one, and we can’t see much difference, apart from the fact that they wouldn’t be so close to the existing houses.

“We are just letting people know about it as the Council has still to come back to villagers to consult on these alternatives, but we can’t see the views of people changing much.”