Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Google+ Share on Reddit Share on Pinterest Share on Linkedin Share on Tumblr Local councillor Mark Hood has slammed local football teams at Muir Park for what he claims has been ‘utterly sickening’ damage to the former Red Ash area. A post on his facebook page reads: “Utterly sickening £1k’s of damage to the new grass area at in Lochgelly Public park. Local football team seem unable to use Muir park without damaging the new area.” The Red Ash area was recently removed by the Lochgelly community council through the Public Park Improvement Group. The removal of the Red Ash was put to tender for an estimated £39,200. An unnamed spokesperson from Lochgelly community council made claims that the area ‘remained unused for many years’. But this has been challenged by several residents, posting on the public LCC facebook page and on the Lochgelly Past & Present page. One resident commented: “I’m not sure this is a good idea as I see lots of kids playing on their bikes on this area. Runners running on it. I think it should of been left …” A growing number of residents have spoken out on social media against the removal of the Red Ash area and the lack of consultation carried out by the Public Park Improvement Group: “it would be nice if they engaged with the community and asked for their opinions” Another commentator says: “Didn’t see any problem with the red ash, as everyone says it was used by lots of people, for running, riding bikes, quads, dogs etc. And it would cost nothing to maintain. Grassing it over will be a fortune in turf, cutting every week etc, not to mention how wet/boggy it will get, making it unusable for anything! ” Cllr Hood is emphatic that local teams are to blame for the damage, despite 6 photos showing extensive criss-crossing tyre tracks: “just to be clear the damage from local clubs were the players walking across the new grass surface with their boots on. The trye tracks were not the result of the clubs” Cllr Hood then threatens all users of Muir Park: “I suspect we will have to close Muir Park for the rest of the season.” The blast attacking local teams was made through his social media profile on Facebook on Sunday 2 October.