How an eyesore just got worse!

Louisa Bell with the scaffolding outside her window.
Louisa Bell with the scaffolding outside her window.

SCaffolDing put up in the east end of Kirkcaldy has been branded an eyesore.

And now residents want action after it was left in place with no sign of any work being done.

The scaffolding was erected outside the former Mountainlines shop - a long-standing eyesore - in the east end of the High Street late last year to carry out repairs on a chimney which had become dangerous.

But no work has been done for three months and residents have been complaining about the frame which appears to have just been abandoned at the site.

Resident Louisa Bell told The Press the scaffolding is spoiling the view from her living room window.

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She said: “I have stayed here for 28 years and I got up one morning to find the scaffolding outside the window.

‘‘We weren’t told it was going up, it’s now been there for months and it’s an eyesore.

‘‘I understand it was erected to repair a chimney but I have never seen any work being carried out on it. I appreciate the chimney has to be fixed because it is dangerous but it shouldn’t take months.”

While resident Jean Beveridge said: “Everyone who stays here would like to see it removed but the scaffolding can’t be taken away until the work is done.

‘‘I am not surprised that it has just been left for a long time and I have got used to it sitting there.”

Another resident said: “I would like to see something done with the building because at the moment it is just an eyesore.”

In October Fife Council served notice on the owner of the building to carry out repairs to a dangerous part of the structure.


The owner is thought to have employed a contractor to carry out the work which required the scaffolding but the Council has no knowledge of any application for permission to put it up.

Sandy Dall, lead professional, roads network management, said: “We have no record of any application or permission to erect scaffolding in this area.

‘‘We have a Roads Scotland technician on site looking for details to issue the relevant application form.

‘‘Once the owner is established, the form will be backdated, the requisite fee administered and any safety issues addressed.”