RESIDENTS in a Lochgelly street have waited for 10 weeks for a huge sinkhole to be repaired to allow traffic free movement.

The hole in Gordon Street emerged in February and according to one resident was 'very deep'

Janis Kenny and her husband Trevor, who live at number 43, have had to be careful coming out of their driveway to avoid the large fence that has been erected around the sinkhole.

Said Janis: "It was a real surprise when the road surface collapsed less than 10 yards from our front door.

"At first the authorities thought it might be old coal workings but a visit from the Coal Authority team saw exhaustive drilling tests carried out and they found nothing to link it with any coal works.

"Scottish Water then appeared on the scene but they could not find any link with supplies, although our water went off for a spell.

"So over the past few weeks it has been Fife Council who have been dealing with the sinkhole and they have filled it with rubble to shore it up.

"However, clearly no through traffic is allowed in the street and it has caused a lot of problems for us and our neighbours."

Added Janis: "It is like we have been passed from pillar to post over the past few weeks and surely something will be done in the near future to get the road back open."

Fife Council's roads division have been tackling the matter and they hope to have things sorted out by early next week.

Ian Jones, roads network management lead professional, said: “At the end of march the Coal Authority concluded their investigation and determined the situation was not associated with mine workings.

"We’ve since raised a works order to complete the re-instatement of the carriageway.

"Work was planned to start last week but due to the severe weather works will now start this week and should take around seven days to complete.”

So Janis and her husband should see life coming back to normal soon after an extraordinary experience!