Road safety in Markinch has been given a huge boost after a new pedestrian crossing was approved following a long community campaign.
Councillors at this month’s area committee have approved half of the £28,000 required to make the raised pelican crossing a reality.
This is a perfect example of just how the public can get involved in ways to improve their communityCllr John Wincott
Calls for a suitable pedestrian crossing were first aired by the community back in 2010, and last August councillors were presented with a 93 signature petition and outline proposal from the Parents and Friends of Markinch Primary and Nursery group calling for it to be installed.
The crossing, that will now connect John Dixon Park and Balbirnie Park, has now been given the green light and is expected to be in place by the summer.
Councillors unanimously approved the funding request and praised all those involved in making it a reality.
Cllr John Beare, said: “This is a really good example of collaborative working to make this happen and I congratulate all those involved.
“Not only does it make give a safe place to cross on a road that needs it, it also links the town parks which will increase the use of the facilities.
“Importantly the crossing will also help reduce speed on Balbirnie Street which has long been an issue despite the current speed restrictions on that road.”
Cllr John Wincott added: “This is a perfect example of just how the public can get involved in ways to improve their community.
“They have identified that there was a need and have worked along with council officers to find a package that will make it happen.
A final request for £5000 from Markinch Common Good fund is expected next month.
Crossing to act as traffic calmer on busy approach to Markinch
Angela High, chairman of Markinch Community Council has praised the approval of funding calling saying “common sense has prevailed”.
“I don’t think some people fully realise just how many people, especially children, cross that road throughout the day, so while it’s overdue, the community council certainly welcome the news that the crossing will now be installed,” Angela told the Gazette.
“We have had traffic ‘pinching’ in Commercial Street to help with reducing speed on the roads in that part of the town, but many drivers continue to ignore the 20mph restrictions in Balbirnie Street. Hopefully now this crossing will act as a sort of traffic calming measure on that road.”