Volunteers take action after claims council officers failed to respond

Residents armed with shovels have cleared an overgrown pathway, after claiming council officers failed to respond to concerns for over 18 months.

Wednesday, 25th May 2016, 2:00 pm
Updated Wednesday, 25th May 2016, 3:12 pm
Volunteers have taken to cleaning the paths themselves after Fife Council failed to respond to concerns.

Members of Kinglassie Community Council and the town’s Action Group took matters into their own hands this week to dig back overgrown embankments and cut back bushes, after concerns for the safety of pedestrians who, it was claimed, were being forced to step out into the road to pass the most densely overgrown parts.

Activists told the Gazette they had been forced into tackling the work themselves after concerns over the pathway,which runs along the busy B921 road into the Kinglassie, had been “repeatedly ignored” by the council.

“We’ve been left deeply frustrated by the lack of response by Fife Council, despite numerous attempts to bring the issue to their attention,” said James Rankin.

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“The path is to become part of the Pilgrim’s Way and will only get busier, people need to be able to use it safely as its along a very busy approach road into the town.”

Sandy Dall, roads network management said: “We normally aim to action reports of overgrown vegetation within a few days and did write to the landowner about this issue in August 2014 when we were made aware of it.

“We’ll inspect the path this week and arrange for any outstanding work to be carried out as soon as possible if it is now a danger for pedestrians.”