Moves to tackle vehicle vibration

Bryan Poole
Bryan Poole

A CUPAR councillor is to take up the cause of his neighbours living on a busy main thoroughfare who claim that passing traffic is so heavy that their homes vibrate.

Independent Bryan Poole is calling on residents in South Road to contact him with a view to meeting with council transport officials and the police amid concerns about speeding lorries.

A frustrated delegation of householders attended the last meeting of Cupar Community Council to appeal for help with what they say is an ‘appalling’ situation.

They say that their houses shake as the giant lorries rumble past at speeds well in excess of the 30 mph limit, and that since the severe winter weather the road had deteriorated significantly, making the problem even worse.

They wanted to see the limit reduced to 20mph and possible weight restrictions imposed.

Councillor Margaret Kennedy, who was also at the meeting, suggested that the issue could be raised at one of the community engagement meetings held by the police.

And afterwards Councillor Poole - whose own house shakes - said he was keen to explore ways of resolving the problem.

“As a first step it may be helpful to ask the police to measure the speed and volume of the traffic,” he said.

“I would like to hear from residents who are affected by this and organise a meeting with both the police and transportation officials to explore possible solutions.”

Meanwhile Fife Council’s traffic management lead officer, Colin Stirling, told the Fife Herald: “We are aware of concerns about traffic on South Road, Cupar and will continue to monitor the situation. As South Road is one of the main routes into Cupar a 30mph limit is in place and this is appropriate for the type of road.

“A slow down sign has previously been installed on the road to address local concerns about the speed of traffic. A school crossing patrol officer is currently in place at key times of the day to assist families crossing the road so that they can access Castlehill Primary School on Ceres Road.

“With regard to the road surface we have planned repair works for early August.”

To contact Councillor Poole. tel.01334 656720 or 07738 857522.