Call for historic Mercat Cross to be returned following repairs
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.