Following heavy rain in 2012 NCT decided to do something about up-grading the paths in Tayside Park. They were quite deeply eroded and it was evident that people were actually being discouraged from walking in what is a very beautiful park. Money was raised to carry out this work and in early 2014 the contract was awarded, on the recommendation of Fife Council, to a contractor with the finished surface being 'golden gravel'. However, the contractor and this material have both proven to be unsatisfactory and NCT has informed Fife Council of their unhappiness on the quality of the work done. No money has been paid, nor will it be, until there has been a material improvement on the finished product.
Update August 2015: this matter has still not been resolved, with NCT unwilling to pay for the inferior work.
Update August 2016: NCT has come to an agreement with Fife Council over the remedial work. This will include removing the inferior material and replacing it with tarmacadam. Work is due to start on 5th September 2016.
Update September 2016: Branston of Abernethy has made a substantial contribution to the path repair work, as detailed in this recent press release:
BRANSTON HELPS LOCAL PARK ON PATH TO RECOVERY
MUCH NEEDED works to paths at Tayside Park have started this week thanks to a donation by local potato supplier Branston.
Branston’s Abernethy site donated £2,000 to Newburgh Community Trust to put towards resurfacing and repairing the paths and walkways of a much loved park in Fife. The potato supplier, which has three sites across the UK, regularly donates to local causes and chose this charity when it learnt how close the trust was to its project fundraising target.
Andrew Arbuckle chair of the Newburgh Community Trust said: “The donation from Branston has meant a lot to us as it helped us reach our £30,000 target and enabled us to finally start work on the pathways at Tayside Park.
“Tayside Park is a beautiful site and popular with all ages, but the pathways were eroded following heavy rain a number of years ago. Resurfacing the pathways will make it more accessible to families and the elderly and we cannot wait to reveal the improved paths. This will make a big difference to a lot of people in the local area.”
General manager of Branston’s Scotland site Kevin Imrie said: “The Newburgh Community Trust is a great charity that helps improve facilities for the community and touches the lives of so many people in the area. Many of our team members live in Newburgh so this initiative is very close to our hearts.
“We’re thrilled that our donation has meant that the Trust can begin works at the park and that the improved facilities will benefit generations to come. Giving back to the community is very important to us at Branston, which is why we regularly support local and national charities through our CSR fund and charity fundraising events.”
Branston is one of the UK’s leading suppliers of potatoes - for leading UK retailers and wholesalers - as well as providing seed for potato growers.