Care urged in call to curb Glenrothes park danger

Pollution/debris in Riverside Park, Glenrothes. All pictures by Steve Gunn.
Pollution/debris in Riverside Park, Glenrothes. All pictures by Steve Gunn.

A spate of weekend vandalism at the town park in Glenrothes has drawn severe criticism of those who placed other park users in potential danger.

Broken glass was littered around Riverside Park – in some cases being scattered over children’s play equipment.

Litter was strewn around the venue, while the problem was exacerbated by the fairly long-term issue of bikes and shopping trolleys being dumped in the river.

The culprits are being urged to stop the reckless behaviour and leaving smashed bottles lying around the area, which represented a serious risk to people and animals.

One reader contacted the Gazette after going to the park on Sunday and being shocked at what he encountered.

Freelance photographer Steve Gunn was researching a project on green issues and visited with his wife Lynn and their pet dog.

However, they met many dog owners who said they had been discouraged from walking their pets there because of the amount of broken glass.

Steve said a particular worry was the shattered glass lying on the children’s chute. Young children who had run on ahead of their parents into the park could be injured if they slid down the chute but were unaware of the glass, he said.

The discarded shop trollies and bikes polluting the river was bad enough, said Steve, but the amount of smashed glass was intolerable.

“Please show some respect for little kids who play on these park rides,” he added.

Council workers moved in on Monday to begin a clean-up – which North Glenrothes councillor John Beare said should be a matter of priority.

He added he’d be requesting that the area in the town park was inspected as frequently as possible.

Glenrothes area committee chairman, Cllr Bill Brown, said everyone had to take responsibility regarding litter to preserve the beauty of parks and open spaces, and leaving shattered bottles behind was “thoughtless”. Pam Hortin, secretary of Friends of Riverside Park, said broken glass was a worrying problem, especially at weekends, as children were encouraged to feed birds and squirrels there. Some litter bins had no lids, attracting crows and seagulls, but she added Fife Council was good at cleaning up when necessary. Pam added there was also a problem with horse excrement near the pond.