Upset over Council trampoline decision

Parents in the McDuff area of East Wemyss have been told that they must remove a trampoline from Fife Council-owned land over concerns about child safety.

The trampoline was placed on land next to the allotments in the east end of the village, but parents of children who use it have been told that they must remove it within the next three weeks.

Bill Campbell, area housing team leader, Levenmouth said: “Fife Council has open spaces throughout Levenmouth which are maintained by Parks & Open Spaces and not available for the purpose of general use, as in this case placing of trampoline or childrens’ play equipment.

“Fife Council has no liability if an individual is injured using trampolines or children’s play equipment which is not sanctioned or authorised by Council and individuals involved could become subject to liability should an accident occur.”

The department also noted that the area in question was subject to grass cutting which had not been carried out because of the trampoline.

He added: “If the trampoline and children’s play equipment is not removed from the grassed area by the end of the 21 days Environmental Services shall be instructed to remove all equipment from the area.”

The parents were notified of the decision in a letter from Fife Council last week.

Around 20 parents attended a surgery held by councillors David Graham, Andrew Rodger and Jim Young to try to work out a solution to try to retain the trampoline.

A parent, who did not wish to be named, said: “It is massively important for our kids to have a play facilities. There are none close by at all. I have three kids and I do not let them go far. With the trampoline being there it gives them somewhere to go and something to do.”

Grandad Ray McNeill, added: “It is pathetic. The kids clean up every night, they enjoy it so much and have so much fun, and there are so much adults there to look out for them, but it seems to be a problem for Fife Council.”

The area has been highlighted in Fife Council’s plan for over £100,000 of investment into new play facilities throughout Levenmouth, with work expected to be completed on a new play park by April 2015.