FIREFIGHTERS were left fuming as 'lack of maintenance' on a busy Dunfermline road led to a major flooding incident.

That's according to residents representative Bryce Goodall, who spoke to emergency crews as they removed cars from deep water on Halbeath Road earlier this month.

He claims that there was frustration among the responders due to the management of the retention pond near the retail park.

He told the Press: "It's been a long saga in the whole community.

"A couple of years ago, there was this huge puddle which has turned into a bit of a pond now and it has progressively got worse.

"I was at the scene when the Scottish Fire and Rescue service came down, I spoke to the area commander, group commander, and also the multi-agency team and Police Scotland as well.

"They are very concerned about the lack of maintenance.

"I spoke to another firefighter who said that because of the level of response, it merited being declared as a major incident in their eyes.

"They were very angry, I think they were frustrated that the council did not resolve these issues.

"Halbeath Road this month has been closed for three days due to this weather."

He says there is a need for discussion between the operators of Halbeath Retail Park, owned by Royal London, and Fife Council over who is responsible for the upkeep of the pond.

The local authority confirmed "all parties are working together" to solve the flooding problem.

Bill Liddle, roads maintenance manager, said: "We have met with the retail park management team to discuss the drainage issues along this section of Halbeath Road.

"All parties are working together to reduce the water level which will allow further investigation and action to get this flooding issued fixed as quickly as possible."