Move to curb parking woes in Markinch

Various parking and traffic concerns were raised at a public meeting in Markinch. Pic: George McLuskie
Various parking and traffic concerns were raised at a public meeting in Markinch. Pic: George McLuskie
  • ‘Hit-list’ of priorities and possible solutions
  • Extensive review of parking in the school area
  • Consideration given to a residents’ parking permit

Efforts to tackle parking and traffic issues in Markinch have taken a significant step forward following a public meeting to discuss concerns.

A ‘hit-list’ of priorities and possible solutions is to be drafted after representatives from Fife Council, police and the town’s community council were joined by around 50 members of the public at the Bowling Club on Wednesday evening.

The safety of our youngest citizens has to be our priority

Councillor John Beare

There has been a number of long-standing issues, with a particular growing concern over the lack of parking and illegal parking close to the school at peak times .

Parking problems encountered at Markinch train station and the knock-on effects to residents in Landel and Selkirk Streets were also high on the agenda.

A number of immediate improvements was discussed, with an agreement to have road markings repainted in designated area, a renewed focus on traffic issues around the school during the busiest periods and a school travel plan, which is currently being finalised, to be implemented as soon as possible.

An extensive review of parking in the school area is also to be completed.

Consideration to a residents’ parking permit is also to be given to residents affected by the problems currently being experienced by parking at the train station.

Ian B. Smith, from Fife Council’s traffic management team, said: “We identified joint enforcement between Police Scotland and Fife Council as part of the Parksafe Initiative to help enforce parking restrictions close to schools.

“The School Travel Plan was discussed also and one of the action points was refreshing the yellow road marking.”

Afterwards, Angela High, chairman of Markinch Community Council, who organised the meeting, told the Gazette: “This represents a step forward for the community and what I’ve heard from Fife Council and the police is encouraging, taking the issues forward.”

Councillor John Beare added: “The safety of our youngest citizens and the proper allowance for resident parking has to be our priority.”

He added: “A comprehensive list of issues was raised and several issues are to be taken away for review and I expect a report will come to the area committee in the near future.”