Trade becalmed in Cupar roads chaos

A deserted St Catherine Street in Cupar
A deserted St Catherine Street in Cupar

Cupar faces continued disruption as roadworks by Scottish Water in St Catherine Street look set to continue until the end of next week.

Emergency work to repair the cement-blocked sewer was scheduled to last just a few days, but unforeseen problems have led to the extension to almost three weeks.

But local councillor Margaret Kennedy, while understanding the problems, is far from happy.

“I am absolutely gutted for the town as this brings further grief for the town centre in particular and detracts from what we have been trying to achieve,” she said.

“We, as drivers, may experience frustration, however, that is nothing in comparison to what our businesses are experiencing. I very much hope that we can all get behind our local businesses in this challenging period and I very much look forward to the actual project concluding.”

A statement from Scottish Water said: “Due to the health and safety considerations associated with the depth of the excavation and the location of the utility pipes and cables within, additional shoring equipment has had to be sourced to complete these works.”

That equipment was due to arrive on site earlier this week and Scottish Water promised the works would be completed “as quickly as possible”.

The utility company also experience problems with some unexpected finds - discarded electric cables, which proved to be live, requiring work to be halted until Scottish Power was able to make them safe.

Scottish Water apologised for the delays, stating: “These delays, and the issue with the drains, are due to circumstances beyond our control. We want to thank people for their patience while we work with the Council and other utility firms to make sure the repair work is completed to a good standard and with regard to the safety of our employees and contractors.”

Fife Council confirmed the continuing closure of the street, and did not expect it to affect its plans for the remainder of works in the town centre.