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GLENROTHES;'KENNY MCLEAN at speed bump on Mar Drive'photo; WALTER NEILSON
GLENROTHES;'KENNY MCLEAN at speed bump on Mar Drive'photo; WALTER NEILSON

AN ANTI-speed humps campaigner has slammed the decision to spend £10,000 on installing the measures at a new Glenrothes housing estate which he claims has no history of accidents.

Kenny McLean said the money would have been better going toward the cost of fixing the area’s “diabolical” roads.

The driving instructor was reacting to the decision to give the go-ahead to build the humps in Charleston.

Glenrothes Area Committee had put off a judgement on the proposal by its traffic department in February to allow evidence to be collected on whether the humps were needed.

A fortnight ago, the commitee decided that, on the basis of the report submitted, which included details of traffic speeds on three streets in the estate, they were – despite 33 objections being received.

Council leader, Peter Grant, said at the meeting: “I would rather see someone lose an exhaust than lose their son.”

Damage to vehicles has been one of the main complaints of Mr McLean and others who oppose the widespread adoption of the humps, which are being installed as part of a policy to create 20mph zones in all residential areas.

He said the committee decision “flies in the face of public opinion.”

Mr McLean added: “How many road incidents have occurred in the Charleston estate, or pedestrians knocked over or injured or worse?  - that will be none then.

“The statement that humps must be a feature in a 20 mph zone is a nonsense. 

“I am sure a 20mph limit is justified in many areas, but no speed humps are required to enforce it.

“I am also sure that all will agree that the £10,000 would be better spent repairing and re-surfacing Fife’s diabolical roads, with council monies being squeezed  throughout society, and vital services being severely cut back.”

Mr McLean runs Stenton School of Motoring and has become a regular critic of the council and its traffic department, which has consistently pointed to local and national figures to justify the measures on road safety grounds.