Leven MSP calls for action to repair Promenade

Jenny Gilruth MSP and Cllr Stefan Hoggan-Radu at Leven Promenade. Image: Scottish Parliament

A Fife MSP is calling for urgent action to fix Leven's broken sea wall.

Jenny Gilruth is urging Fife Council to prioritise funding for repairs to the damage caused during Storm Babet.

Large sections of the walkway have been fenced off for five months as water continues to erode the sandbank.

The Leven MSP said: “Leven Promenade is a valuable community asset which locals use every day and will soon be enjoyed by many more following the opening of the new rail link this year.

“The sea wall also fulfils a crucial role in keeping the people of Leven safe from storms like Babet. 

"Fife Council have been awarded record funding from the Scottish Government this year.

"It's high time the Labour-led administration used that funding to help the communities it was intended for.

"This damage poses a real safety risk and is getting worse day by day – funding must be urgently prioritised by Fife Council.

"Leven is set for a momentous year thanks to investment from the SNP Scottish Government, who are directly funding the new rail link.

"The very least we can expect the local council to do is prioritise fixing these dangerous walls and making the beach promenade accessible for all once again." 

SNP candidate for the Westminster constituency of North East Fife Stefan Hoggan-Radu said: “With the Levenmouth Rail Link opening in the next few months, Leven and the surrounding area are going to get more visitors than ever before.

"The waterfront is one of the key tourist sites, unfortunately now due to the inaction of Fife Council, it lies in ruin and surrounded in metal fencing after the recent storms.

"I'm calling on Fife Council to make funds available so immediate action can be taken to restore the Leven waterfront."

Leven area convener Colin Davidson insists consultants have been appointed and action is already under way to fix the damage.

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