Councillor hits back over local office closure in St Andrews

St Andrews Customer Service point, St Marys Place Car Park, 'St Andrews, KY16 9UY. Picture: Google Maps
St Andrews Customer Service point, St Marys Place Car Park, 'St Andrews, KY16 9UY. Picture: Google Maps

A St Andrews councillor has slammed the suggestion that some local council services could be removed from the town, with residents expected to travel to Cupar to access them.

Liberal Democrat Councillor Jane Ann Liston was responding to a report that the Fife Council office at St Mary’s Place will close at the end of this year, apparently without any preparation to accommodate displaced services elsewhere in the town.

Cllr Liston explained, “Previously, the idea was to adapt the Town Hall so that the services currently being delivered from St Mary’s Place could move there, and possibly also the library.

“Now it appears that Fife Council considers that St Andrews will just have to go to Cupar for anything taken away from St Mary’s Place which can’t be fitted into the Town Hall as currently configured.”

Cllr Liston commented: “It is completely unacceptable that St Andrews, the largest town in North East Fife, should have services taken away.

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“Already most people getting married in the town are being forced to make a 20 mile round trip to collect their paperwork in Cupar.

“It is quite wrong that even more locals will have to suffer from the inconvenience of this unwanted journey.

“St Andrews is a natural centre, as a glance at the road network will prove, and as such should not be downgraded.”