Residents win fight to stop more sewage being pumped through historic area

Pan Ha' , Dysart.
Pan Ha' , Dysart.

Campaigners aiming to stop a historic area of Dysart from becoming a “sewage dump” have won their battle, after Scottish Water abandoned plans to run waste from 1100 new homes through the area.

Residents near Pan Ha’ had previously experienced issues with sewage, which prompted outcry when plans were unveiled to bring in waste from the upcoming Kingdom Park development near Gallatown.

However, after a number of potential pitfalls and problems were raised by residents, Scottish Water has now contacted them to say that they will now drop the Dysart plans and look at other options instead.

Pan Ha’ resident Ros Champan said: “The residents are just so relieved.

“There’s been an awful pressure and people were up in arms about it.

“I’m glad they’re not going to bring more sewage down here.”

A small pumping station was installed after some local flooding in the ancient coastal area and sewage problems at nearby Howard Place several years ago.

However, occasional blockages meant that it had to be dug up and cleared.

Residents felt that if the pump had difficulty with current levels, then it would be unable to handle another 11 homes.

There was also issues raised around heavy digging near the Pan Ha’ buildings, some of which date back to the 1500s and don’t have foundations.

A spokesman for Scottish Water said: “Following the public information event held in Dysart on December 7, where we consulted with the local community and other stakeholders. It is now Scottish Water’s intention to develop an alternative plan for the development at Kingdom Park, Kirkcaldy.

He added: “We are now in the process of developing a feasibility study into the alternative option and will keep the community updated as this progresses. The purpose of our public information events is to listen to the concerns of the local community and act upon these where possible.”