Consultation needs to be improved

College Street in Buckhaven, looking towards the primary school end (picture by George McLuskie)
College Street in Buckhaven, looking towards the primary school end (picture by George McLuskie)
  • Street closure
  • Bosses upset at confusion
  • Council says people notified

Business chiefs in Buckhaven have hit out at confusion and a lack of clear information over a major road resurfacing project in the town.

Butchers and bakery bosses led the calls for Fife Council to notify people more effectivley the next time major roadworks were on the way.

The plans should have been more readily available

Keith Stuart

They were upset at uncertainty over the details of a resurfacing job, which is now nearing completion, at College Street in Buckhaven.

The work involved closure of the road – one of the area’s busiest – in both directions for a new surface to be laid, with the job scheduled to last around 10 business days.

Fife Council said it contacted residents and firms a couple of weeks in advance.

But shopkeepers said the prior consultation was poor and there seemed to be a lack of knowledge about what exactly the contractor proposed to do –resulting in a lot of confusion for shop bosses and residents.

Some had worries about access and delivery arrangements, while they felt the work should be have been done in two stages, rather than all at once.

Stuart’s managing director, Keith Stuart, and W. F. Stark’s Amos Smith, however, stressed the council had worked hard since the start of the job to accommodate business needs as far as possible, along with people living in the area, and the arrangements for access were about as good as could be expected.

But they said a meeting should have been called beforehand with local people to explain how the work would be handled.

Mr Smith said the council did not seem to want to engage with the public and suspected bosses did not know themselves what the contractor’s arrangements would be.

Mr Stuart said the effect on business was possibly not as bad as feared, but footfall was still well down and it had “not been the best week”, adding: “The plans should have been more readily available.”