Anger over Pitteuchar housing stance

Bankhead House office, Tantallon Ave
Bankhead House office, Tantallon Ave

A Glenrothes councillor has been roundly criticised by residents in Pitteuchar following his support for a housing development in the area.

Members of Pitteuchar, Stenton and Finglassie Community Council (PSFCC) have slammed what they call Labour councillor, Ian Sloan’s “blind support” of Fife Council’s house building policy.

They have been angered by Mr Sloan not having taken time to hear the concerns of residents who would be affected by plans to replace the Council’s Bankhead House office in Tantallon Avenue with social housing.

Peter Scobie, PSFCC chairman said: “We have a councillor who seemingly doesn’t want to hear what his constituents have to say and that simply isn’t good enough.

“We have written to him outlining concerns but we still haven’t had a reply.

One resident living just yards from proposed site, who asked not to be named, told the Gazette: “Councillor Sloan should be here to represent his constituents but he has never sought the views of a great many people in the immediate vicinity that are deeply concerned by the problems that this housing plan will bring if it gets approved.

“He should think about standing down if he doesn’t want to hear what we think.”

Councillor Sloan failed to attend a public meeting last week citing a prior engagement, leaving fellow councillor Ross Vettraino to fend off a barrage of angry questions, some referring to Cllr Sloan’s support of the housing plans.

Around 200 residents and 30 children have already signed petitions opposing the plans for 10 new dwellings, highlighting the scrapping of land used by children to play and long-standing parking issues that they say will be made worse should plans go ahead.

However Cllr Sloan has defended his position saying: “I would hope that policies to provide new homes for tenants can be supported by local communities, as we currently have almost 1700 applications for a council house in Glenrothes, with approx 670 of these in the east of the town which includes Pitteuchar.

“The concerns of Pitteuchar residents are natural and real, any proposals in a settled community will need to be taken forward with proper consultation, with sensitivity and with due diligence.

“I also accept that any loss of green play space needs to be carefully considered.”