Residents in Kinghorn are celebrating after winning a battle to have recycling containers replaced in their community.
Householders have been campaigning to have their paper and cardboard recycling container returned to the Pettycur Road recycling point for six months since the last one fell victim to fire.
“If there is further damage to the paper bin it is unlikely that Fife Council would replace it again. But we are pleased to have it back and hopefully it will stayAlan McIlravie, chairman of the Royal Burgh of Kinghorn Community Council
The village’s Community Council has also raised concerns at its monthly meetings since last October.
Kinghorn councillor Susan Leslie explained: “This is a very popular recycling point and the paper and cardboard collection was very well used, despite many people in the area also having paper collection from the kerbside.
“The community is delighted that finally a decision has been made to replace it.”
However residents said that there were still genuine concerns that the site had fallen victim to vandals in the past, with two previous bins being destroyed by fire. As a result of this the Council’s environmental services had been reluctant to replace the bin.
Responding to the ongoing concerns, Cllr Leslie said: “I have been in touch with the community police officers who are responsible for Kinghorn, to ensure that this area is monitored, and I have asked that the community also looks after the site.
“Over £2000 has been spent repairing the fire damaged fencing around the recycling site and we do not want to see any further damage.
“We are all very pleased to have this facility back,” added Alan McIlravie, chairman of the Royal Burgh of Kinghorn Community Council.
“If there is further damage to the paper bin it is unlikely that Fife Council would replace it again. But we are pleased to have it back and hopefully it will stay.”