New speed limit proposed for road

Steven Watt outside his home near Kennoway Road with his six-month-old daughter Marnie (picture by George McLuskie)
Steven Watt outside his home near Kennoway Road with his six-month-old daughter Marnie (picture by George McLuskie)
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A bid to reduce the speed limit on one of the area’s most notorious stretches of road will be brought in front of councillors later this month.

At this month’s Levenmouth area committee, they will be asked to agree to change the limit on Kennoway Road from 60 mph to 40.

It comes after residents, many of whom stay next to the road, called for action after a number of crashes in recent years.

One householder recorded 32 crashes ... in one year.

As well as a proposed change in the speed limit, Fife Council has just installed an anti-skid surface which it hopes will help to reduce the number of accidents.

But, Steven Watt (37), who stays in The Hayloft with his wife and baby daughter, is calling for more to be done.

He claims there have been 32 incidents in the area since he moved in just 13 months ago.

This included a one-car crash which happened just last Monday, and a near-crash involving their own vehicle when they were returning home from hospital with after the birth of their daughter.

Mr Watt said: “The Council’s handling of the issue has been absolutely disgraceful.

“It has taken a totally intransigent approach.

‘‘There are those who have told me that even if the speed limit is reduced, they don’t think it will make much difference.”

He added: “There were five crashes over the Christmas period.

‘‘We feel like prisoners in our own home.

“I just wonder what it will take for the Council to do something about it.’’

Mr Watt said he had contacted the local authority about the problem of speed several times, noting the use of crash barriers at the corner of the road was a waste of money, as they are often damaged just weeks after being installed.

He said he had even offered to use his own money to put traffic calming measures in place, including ‘slow down’ signs – and more lighting to make the sharp bend clearer for road users.

He was advised against the changes.

Mr Watt, who owns a confectionery company in Kirkcaldy, added an investigation by the Council had resulted in plans for the anti-skid surface because it was found that the proportion of road users to the number of crashes warranted the safety measure being put in place.

Ian Smith, lead professional, traffic management at Fife Council, said: “We had a look at the crash records and the rate was higher than we would have expected.

“If councillors vote to approve the change in the limit, we have six months to get things in place.

“If we get no objections to the proposed change, I would hope that we could get it done quicker than that.”

When asked about further measures to control speed, including a solid white line along the whole road, Mr Smith said they had looked at that before but it did not comply with the national guidance for setting speed limits.

Mr Smith added: “The approximate cost of getting the limit reduced is £3400. The amount of time taken to bring this forward will probably mean we will be in the next financial year, so the money is available in the budget to carry this work out.”