Glenrothes streets are ‘worse than ever’

Cllr Ross Vettraino and Peter Scobie check the debris at the side of this road
Cllr Ross Vettraino and Peter Scobie check the debris at the side of this road

Community representatives in Glenrothes have complained to Fife Council, saying street cleaning standards are the worst ever.

That’s the claim from members of Pitteuchar, Stenton and Finglassie Community Council (PSFCC) following a recent ‘walkabout’ with councillors and Council officers in the area.

As well as litter issues in the Glamis Shopping Centre, members of the community group highlighted numerous roadsides that show no signs of being swept in months.

The group now intends to forward a collection of photographs highlighting the worst affected streets in a bid to force Fife Council’s street cleaning departments to do something to rectify the situation.

“I have never seen such poor standards of street cleaning,” Peter Scobie, PSFCC chairman, told the Gazette.

“The weeds in the channels are so bad that, in some cases, they obliterate the white lines at the side of the road.

“The dirt in some places is so deep, I was able to excavate it with a spade,” he added.

Mr Scobie now fears that, unless action is taken soon, the roadside build-up could block drains, causing flooding as winter approaches.

Kevin Jolicoeur, Fife Council’s area officer for parks, streets and open spaces, said: “We are aware of the situation in this area.

“The road is already scheduled to be cleaned this week as part of our street cleaning rota.”

But Councillor Ross Vettraino has reinforced the community’s concerns.

“It is no exaggeration to say almost everyone on the walkabout was staggered to see how far standards had slipped,” he said.

“There doesn’t seem to be any plan to do anything to arrest the situation and there are no rational work schedules.

“There isn’t a database of all the streets that have to be serviced, so the Council doesn’t even know how much work there is,” added Cllr Vettraino.

The community council’s concern is the latest in a number of criticisms aimed at the Fife authority’s street cleaning record in the region.

In August, Fife Council received heavy criticism for the amalgamation of street cleaning, grounds maintenance and parks departments, which resulted in budget cuts as well as 21 jobs being axed.