the long-awaited opening of land for allotments in the east of Kirkcaldy has had to be postponed after the discovery of used syringes on the site.
Council workers who were due to put up fencing around the four plot site in the town’s East March Street discovered more than a dozen needles sticking out of the soil of the recently prepared land, which is regularly used as a play area by local children.
And this week those responsible were slammed for putting lives in danger.
One strongly worded e-mail from a resident said: “It is known there are an odd few who don’t want an allotment site there, but at what cost? To put kids who play on this open site at risk, is certainly not the way to go about things.”
He said the discovery had not only denied would be gardeners, but also youngsters who could learn skills and grow fresh produce for the community.
Work has now halted pending a full investigation.
Peter Duncan, Fife Council allotments officer, said: “A great deal of work has gone into regenerating this area of land and improving the appearance of the local area.
‘‘This was open space that in the past attracted anti-social behaviour and vast amounts of fly tipping.
“This has now been cleared and the land cultivated.
‘‘Unfortunately, when fences were being put up on site some syringes were found and it was felt in the interests of employee and public safety that work should stop to allow a proper assessment of the area.
‘‘Potential plot holders have been relocated temporarily to Ravenscraig allotment site.
“It’s hoped that the site at East March St will be put to good use with plot holders being able to cultivate this land as soon as possible.”
Councillor Kay Carrington said she had not heard about the problem but would be looking into it.
“It is very unfortunate that this is happening in this area where there are lots of families and children and I hope we can get it sorted out as quickly as possible so that people can get on with growing fresh produce to improve the health of themselves and their families.”