Fears have been raised that Fife Council budget cuts could have a detrimental impact on the cleanliness of some communities.
Councillors had just finished praising officials for the reinstatement of litter picker “barrowmen” in some north east Fife communities, only to be told budget cuts on June 9 may see some of these posts disappear.
Presenting a report on the performance of Fife’s street cleaning service, parks department team manager Iain Barbour said Fife street cleaning continues to be a top performer in comparison with other Scottish councils.
But he warned the council’s north east area committee that, in the kingdom, north east Fife could be the hardest hit by the £700,000 cuts about to affect the department and some of the street cleaners “may disappear”.
Tay Bridgehead councillor Maggie Taylor said: “The people of Tayport have been really pleased to get their own street cleaner who knows every nook and cranny.
“He lives and works in the town and takes pride in his job. So it’s really floored me to hear this.”
Mr Barbour said the street cleaners might not all disappear but it may be that individuals will cover more than one community.
He said Fife Council favoured the model where workers could live and work in a town and “take ownership”, but the Fife Council budget, agreed in February, meant changes were inevitable.
Mr Barbour said a pilot scheme was about to start in St Andrews.