Wetland woes for Leslie man fighting plans

Leslie Wetland Phase One
Leslie Wetland Phase One

A Leslie home owner living just yards from a new wildlife wetland says his objections to the project have been “blatantly ignored”.

Yan Szaranek who lives in Monks Walk close to the former cricket pitch on Common Good land, says he has opposed the Community Council’s plans to turn the overgrown area into a wetland haven for wildlife since the idea was first made public 18 months ago.

Mr Szaranek said: “I’ve made numerous attempts to obtain details for this project but have only received drawings from Fife Council two weeks after the work was completed.

“It’s a farce.”

Mr Szaranek, the wetland’s lone objector, believes the new pond area will pose drainage and erosion problems for the site, which he says is prone to flooding.

But councillor John Wincott has refuted the claims saying Mr Szaranek was given details of the project at a presentation held in the Kingdom Centre.

“One member of the public has raised a number of concerns that have been investigated and responded to,” said Mr Wincott.

The councillor also confirmed that the authority had carried out a detailed survey of the area and confirmed the wetland project posed no threat of erosion to the adjacent road.

Funding for phases two and three of the wetland project are now being sought.