Gateside holiday park plan sparks traffic fears

VILLAGERS in Gateside have expressed fears about the impact a proposed new caravan site could have on the local community.

A special public meeting was arranged by Gateside Community Association on Thursday night after plans for a holiday park comprising some 50 pitches were lodged with Fife Council.

The applicant, Simon Wilson, is seeking permission to create the caravan park on farmland just off the busy A91.

He says the site is ideal for a such a facility and that the local economy could receive a significant boost.

The proposed park would occupy 1.98 hectares at Edenshead, to the south of the village.

TMS Planning Services, who have lodged the application on Mr Wilson’s behalf, say that it would be totally enclosed by established woodland.

Around 50 pitches for touring caravans and motorhomes are envisaged, with a loop road running though the site together with a toilet/administration block.

Initially the venture would create two full-time posts, with more part-time and seasonal jobs in due course.

However, some residents had already expressed concerns ahead of last night’s meeting, with a number particularly worried about the impact on what is already regarded as one of Fife’s busiest main roads and notorious for speeders.

“The road is extremely dangerous at the best of times,” said one woman who has already lodged a formal objection.

“The thought of up to 50 caravans trying to turn in and out of what will be a lane safely is extremely problematic.

“Consequently, this will make the road even more dangerous for all concerned.”

Another objector feared that the village would lose its ‘tranquility and feeling of safety’.

Meanwhile Auchtermuchty and Strathmiglo Community Council, which also represents Gateside, is due to discuss the issue later this month.