Call for historic Mer­cat Cross to be re­turned fol­low­ing re­pairs

The Courier & Advertiser (Fife Edition) - - NEWS -

A plea has been made for the re­turn of An­struther’s historic Mer­cat Cross.

The struc­ture has been in stor­age since it was re­moved for pub­lic safety rea­sons af­ter it was buf­feted by high waves dur­ing the beast from the east. It had al­ready been fenced off and in need of re­pairs for some time be­fore it was taken away in March.

East Neuk and Land­ward coun­cil­lor Bill Por­te­ous pressed Fife Coun­cil for its re­turn, at the re­quest of Kil­renny, An­struther and Cel­lardyke Com­mu­nity Coun­cil.

He said: “It had al­ready sat for long enough be­hind Fife Coun­cil’s ubiq­ui­tous Heras fenc­ing.

“De­spite stren­u­ous ef­forts by email and phone to Fife Coun­cil, it re­mains in a build­ing yard in Cu­par.”

Alan Pater­son, ser­vice man­ager, said re­me­dial work on the stone shaft by a spe­cial­ist con­trac­tor was about to be­gin, adding: “This project has taken time to get the de­tails ab­so­lutely cor­rect, re­quir­ing due process, com­mu­ni­ca­tion and li­ai­son with var­i­ous spe­cial­ists and agen­cies.”

Bill Por­te­ous is call­ing for the re­turn of the Mer­cat Cross.

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