Fife Council will be enforcing a parking ban which covers the area around Whyte-Melville Fountain in the centre of Market Street. A recent article published by The Courier stated that vehicles have been routinely parking near the fountain, causing obstructions and forcing other vehicles to carry out “careless” manoeuvres which endanger pedestrians and the fountain, according to Colin Stirling, a local official responsible for traffic management.
The “no waiting at any time” rule has been decided in conjunction with Police Scotland, the north east Fife area committee, and the parking management team. Councillor Jane Anne Liston lauded the decision, noting that the recent restoration had cost a lot of money and that “the idea of a lorry just bashing into it was a concern.”
Ms Lindsey Adam, the owner of Bonkers, a retail establishment located on Market Street near the Whyte-Melville fountain, was supportive of the new restriction. “Historically, this was never a parking space, but recently some people have been parking there all day and just thinking they can get away with it,” she said. “It’s going to take a new rule or regulation,” Ms Adam continued, “to make sure they’re not doing something they shouldn’t be in the first place.” The fountain was built in 1880 in memory of Scottish novelist and poet, Major George John Whyte-Melville and was restored to active use in 2015.