A Kirkcaldy taxi driver has called for urgent action after almost driving his car into a huge hole in a residents’ car park.
The hole, which is around 12 feet wide by around three feet deep and is currently full of rainwater, started appearing around six years ago, not long after the flats at East Burn Court off Hayfield Road were built by a private developer.
Householders say that a factor was initially responsible for maintaining the properties but they disappeared after a few years and the hole, along with fencing and landscaping, gradually fell into disrepair.
It got steadily bigger and bigger - and now around half a dozen car parking spaces are completely unusable, with concrete around the hole cracking further suggesting more deterioriation may lie ahead.
Taxi driver John McCormack, a former miner, said he was shocked when he saw the hole.
“It is really big, not just a little pothole.
‘‘If someone drove in there in the dark and didn’t know it was there they could seriously damage their vehicle,” he told the Press.
Lewis Montague (34), who owns one of the properties, said he and other residents had been trying to get the problem fixed for years.
“I have lived here about seven years and it started appearing about a year after I moved in and has just grown.
“Lots of the properties are now being rented out by private landlords who don’t seem interested in doing anything.”
Agnes Dunn said: “This is just one of many problems.
‘‘It is horrible to look at and people are avoiding the car park and parking along the pavements instead.
‘‘It’s such a shame, because the flats are really nice, it’s the surrounding area that’s the problems.”
Councillor Kay Carrington, whose ward covers the estate, and David Torrance MSP promised to look into the problems.