Funding hopes for Balbirnie St crossing

The site of the proposed crossing
The site of the proposed crossing

The involvement of the Markinch community could be key to achieving the necessary funding for a pedestrian crossing at the entrance of John Dixon Park in Balbirnie Street.

The suggestion came following a meeting of Fife Council, Markinch school and parents group to discuss possible ways to fund a crossing.

Transportation officers assessing the request told councillors at the area committee meeting the requirement did not score highly enough to make it a priority.

However, Glenrothes north, Leslie and Markinch councillor John Wincott, told the Gazette there are ways outwith the Council’s funding that could bring about the desired crossing.

“We had a similar situation with a crossing in Leslie High Street and funding issues were overcome and I can’t see any reason why it can’t be achieved here,” he said.

“I’d be happy to work with the transportation services, community council and other interested groups to see what funding can be secured.”

Mary Siskou, locality support team leader added: “It’s a work in progress and as long as the need for a crossing is still indicated in the primary school’s travel plan, and we expect it to be, then I’m confident a package of funding can be secured.”

The meeting was prompted after a 93 signature petition was presented to councillors in August by Patricia Duzinkewycz, a member of Markinch primary and nursery parents group.

The group is concerned that the speed of vehicles approaching Markinch, despite a 20mph speed restriction, is a threat to children crossing to the park.

Various funding options available - says councillor

A request for a pedestrian crossing at balbirnie Street, Markinch, at the entrance to John Dixon Park, was submitted to Tansportation Services by Markinch Primary School Parent Council in 2011, but nothing was actioned at that time.

A subsequent second request, in the form of a petition containing 93 signatures, was presented to councillors in August.

Councillor John Wincott told the Gazette the Council would support the community in their efforts to secure funding.

“The community is best placed when applying for funding such as a Community Planning Grant, Common Good funding, or help from such things as the safer roads budget,” Cllr Wincott explained.