A well intentioned bid to improve a Fairlie path which is well used by children going to and from the school has stalled.
The footpath leading from the west end of Castlepark Gardens down to the Main Road is owned by number of residents in the street cul-de-sac area of Castlepark.
However, Fairlie Community Trust, who are willing to provide funding for the upgrade of the path, have contacted the owners regarding the improvements but have hit the proverbial brick wall.
The Trust requires the agreement of the owners of the land through which the path runs.
It stated in the Fairlie Church newsletter: “While much of the path comprises steps which are in good condition there are some lengths without steps which have deteriorated over the years. Farlie Community Trust, through SSE funding, is willing to provide funding for the improvement of the path.
“The majority of the residents were very supportive of the proposed project but unfortunately two residents were very negative and voted no.
“Fairlie Community Trust directors have to decide how to move forward with the project knowing two owners object to the path upgrade.”
It is not the first path controversy to have affected Fairlie in recent times after the path between the Fairlie Railway bridge and the castle was diverted midway up on to the main pathway route to the castle, leading to complaints from residents. 
And proposals to build a coastal path along the seafront has also met with criticism from a section of residents, but as reported by the ‘News’ recently, is going ahead between the north end of Ferry Row and the south end of Bay Street, terminating at the ramp at the jetty.