Glenrothes play park plans delay sparks row

Ellon Park, Collydean
Ellon Park, Collydean

A Glenrothes councillor has claimed that residents are being “kept in the dark” over plans to upgrade a number of play parks in the town.

Peter Grant, SNP councillor and opposition leader, has called for an end to secrecy concerning Fife Council’s plans which were supposed to have been made public by the end of May.

He has also criticised the administration for its failure to conduct a public consultation, before the end of May, to inform the public which play areas are to be retained and which will be closed.

The Gazette has learned that Glenrothes councillors were shown the draft proposals in April but we were asked not to make them public.

“I have constituents in the ward who regularly ask me when they’re going to hear what’s happening,” said Mr Grant.

“It’s one thing for me to tell them that I’ve seen an advance copy of the proposals and they’re going to be made public soon, it’s quite another to expect councillors to keep their constituents in the dark just because the administration can’t get their act together. I’ve written again to senior officials asking for an absolute deadline by which this information can be made public.”

Alan Bisset, parks development officer, said: “A meeting is being arranged later this month for councillors and community councils with the Parks Development Team to share ideas on the future development of play areas in the Glenrothes Area. Thereafter this information will be shared publicly with the local community.

“The consultation, which will shape a proposal for improvements, will run until August and a report will go to the Area Committee thereafter.”

Local groups doing it for themselves

With reduced budgets and less money to spend, community councils, residents groups and schools in the Glenrothes area have taken it upon themselves to try and raise at least part of the funds necessary to upgrade poor and run down play park facilities within their communittees.

Pitteuchar Stenton and Finglassie Community Council are just one of a number of organisations to kickstart such a programme to improve facilities for local children.