Concerned residents call for barrier repairs

concrete crash barriers on Kennoway Road between Leven & Kennoway
concrete crash barriers on Kennoway Road between Leven & Kennoway

Residents’ concerns over the safety of a notorious road in the town continue after yet more crashes – despite an anti-skid surface being put in place.

Steven Watt and his family live at the Hayloft, right on the corner of Kennoway Road, between the village and Leven.

Just weeks ago, an anti-skid surface was put in place on the road, ahead of a change to the speed limit which councillors approved at last month’s area committee meeting.

However, since then, two more crashes have occurred, the latest seeing six police cars in attendance and the road closed for a short time. No-one was seriously injured in the crash.

However, Steven has called on the council to act quickly, especially on repairs to crash barriers on the corner.

He said: “The fact remains the temporary barrier is wholly unacceptable and action is required to remove the concrete fix and replace correctly with new barriers and hi visibility signage on top so as drivers can see the bend. To not have had the barrier replaced to date is totally unacceptable.”

At last month’s area committee meeting, while discussing the reduction of the speed limit from 60 mph to 40 mph, it was agreed that discussions surrounding the barrier improvements would be conducted during a ward meeting.

Councillor Alistair Hunter, who raised the issue, confirmed this meeting would take place in the next couple of weeks and Fife Council’s transportation department would be in attendance to discuss issues surrounding the road.

“It isn’t a case of being able to go to a shop and buy a barrier like you can buy a packet of crisps – these things do take time,” said Cllr Hunter.

“We’re still engaged in the process of finding the best way to make the road safe, but you don’t get those decisions in a heartbeat.”