Councillor pee-ved at Markinch park toilet delay

Councillor John Beare
Councillor John Beare

Council officers have been told to make extra efforts to resolve the delay to the installation of toilet facilities at Balbirnie Park.

Temporary portable toilets, installed for the summer months, were agreed by councillors at the town’s Area Committee back in October, 2013 following the success of a similar facility at Riverside Park, Glenrothes.

But visitors to the park are still waiting for them to be installed, nine months on.

The delay has been blamed on there no longer being a community warden to patrol both the Balbirnie and Riverside Park areas - part of theirremit was to open and lock the toilets each day and maintain that they were in a usable state.

Mary Siskou, locality support team leader told committee members that costing for an external agency to carry out the function was now being sought.

Councillor John Beare told the Gazette: “While I’m disappointed that the temporary toilets in Balbirnie Park and the Town Park, won’t be up and running until the end of June, I have been assured that they will be open for the school holidays.

“The provision of the temporary toilets this summer, was to allow the Council time to explore the provision of more permanent toilets.

“I will continue to monitor and work with officers to work up the proposals for the provision of suitable facilities in our parks.”

Altany Craik, area committee chairman said: “We must pursue this without delay. The committee made an agreement and that agreement can not be left to drift.”