Residents of a Dunfermline street are up in arms over an “eyesore” constructed as part of the town’s beleaguered flood prevention scheme.
Householders in Forth Street are angry that a seven-foot concrete wall has been built outside their properties as part of the delayed project.
They claim the boundary is just the latest blight on the project, first announced in 2002.
As we reported, an in-depth review of the scheme would be carried out, after it was claimed costs could spiral to £30 million almost 10 times the original estimated cost.
Resident Anne Petrie said: “We wanted to put the house up for sale but when this wall appeared we had to take it down again.
“It’s an eyesore. The new contractors have been really good but they’re going to be remembered for this wall.”
Claire Chalmers, of Glenview in Forth Street, added: “I am very angry about this as we have been put through the mill and have had no vehicle access to my property for four months.
“It has had a depreciating effect on the value of our houses and it seems like that, as time has gone on, we have become irrelevant and the most important thing is to get the job done at all costs.
“I understand that there was going to be some disruption but we have been through four years of hell.”
Project manager Paula Napier, said: “We have been in contact with Mrs Chalmers and a few of the nearby residents and have received different feedback.
“We have explained to the residents that the walls at Forth Street are not yet finished and have offered to review the walls on completion with a view to considering any further measures that could be applied.
“We cannot comment on the residents’ view regarding house values. However, the scheme is now at the final stage and will provide much-improved flood prevention to 175 homes and businesses in the area.”