Fife Council Playpark Strategy
Of the nine playparks in Burntisland, the proposal is to remove equipment from five when it reaches it’s “end of life”‖. They will be retained as green spaces without conventional play equipment. The East Links and Rossend playparks would be maintained, while Colinswell and the Toll Park would be improved.
Most of Burntisland’s playpark equipment (apart from the Links area) is around 40 years old, not the 10 years that Fife Council regards as a reasonable life. The most controversial one under threat is the Spider Park. Apparently ― too close to a road!. As the equipment was recently installed after fundraising by local volunteers, a reprieve in this case seems likely.
Elsewhere, residents close to Duncanson Drive and Piper Crescent playparks have reacted with fury to the idea that their parks’ equipment will be removed and not replaced. Community Councillor Brendan Burns organised the repainting of the equipment (with permission of Fife Council and paint, from the Community Council) to show that people did care about them.
Fife Council recently held a public consultation event in Kirkcaldy – only four people turned up – all from Burntisland. Attendees were not impressed that Greenspace Officer Kevin O’Kane had no plans to consult young people or schools.
You can read Fife Council’s draft Play Spaces Strategy and their plan for the Burntisland area in full at: www.fifedirect.org.uk/playparks
Updates will also be added to http://www.burgh.buzz/playparks