Cowdenbeath MSP Annabelle Ewing has welcomed the agreement which will see the long-awaited removal of the smelly 30-feet high pile of old carpets and plasterboard on the M90 Commerce Park at Lathalmond.

But she hopes the removal of the rubbish, which has been left on the site next to the Scottish Vintage Bus Museum for years, can be cleared quicker than agreed.

As reported in the Times earlier this month, the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) has reached an agreement with The Dewan Foundation Limited, the owners of the M90 Commerce Park, whereby The Dewan Foundation Limited will voluntarily use its charitable funds to clear the waste deposited in the first instance by First Options Services Ltd.

But it is expected to take until August 2030 for the site to be fully cleared and restored for commercial.

Ms Ewing said: “The dumped waste at the M90 Commerce Park at Lathalmond has been a real blight on this part of Fife for far too long, it is good news that a resolution appears to be in sight.

"Although not within my own constituency, I have been involved in highlighting constituents’ concerns about this issue over the years since I represented the wider Mid Scotland and Fife region."

She added: “Obviously, the rubbish should have been cleared by recycling firm First Option Services Ltd, who created it before they stopped trading, but Trans-Britannia - as landlords and owners of the site - clearly had a responsibility to sort this before now.

“However, at least the owners have now taken steps to get the rubbish moving and I very much hope that they can find a way of accelerating their planned timetable.”