Community Council Meeting Reports (2002)
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Members heard that Fife Council had turned down the request for extensions to the 30 mph limits on Kinghorn Road and Cowdenbeath Road. The police had not supported the request, and additionally it was felt that the new 'turn right' lane on Kinghorn Road would have a secondary traffic calming effect. Good news on the bus shelter front, though, for Fife Council will be going ahead with a new one outside Present Time in the High Street within the next six weeks or so. This success prompted the Community Council to decide to ask for a further shelter, on the Binn estate side of Cowdenbeath Road. Secretary Margaret Macdonald and member George Kay reported on their inspection of the rear of the Palace cinema. In the light of their report, the Community Council will again approach Fife Council to seek advice on the powers available which might allow action to be taken on this building. The Community Council will again be a sponsor of the local Flower Show at a cost of £30. East of Scotland Water came in for praise for the manner in which they have kept everyone informed about the next phase of the Burntisland sewage project. This will involve replacing existing short outfalls serving some 600 persons. Work at Seaforth Place begins on 14 January; at Lochies Road in the week commencing 21 January; and at the Lammerlaws shortly thereafter. The main inconvenience will be at Lochies Road, where the work will last for about eight weeks. Donald Grant, the Fife Council Locality Manager, who was present at the meeting, will take action on the Community Council's request for a proper survey of the public seats on the Links, the beach, the picnic area and the town centre; and he will also follow up the question of outstanding repairs to the slipway at the Beacon Centre. The Secretary informed the meeting that she had been assured that Fife Council would be attending to the broken groynes on the beach in the near future. The Community Council are seeking clarification from Fife Council on the misleading notices relating to dogs on the beach. John Bruce, winner of the Burntisland Community Award for 2002 had written to the Community Council to thank them for the honour, and to confirm his pleasure in accepting. The award will be presented immediately before the next Community Council meeting.
The meeting was preceded by the presentation of the Burntisland Community Award for 2002 to Mr John Bruce. Community Council Chairman Alex McDonald traced the history of the award, stretching back for over 20 years. Each year the Community Council had a very difficult decision to take when they had to select a winner from a number of very worthy nominees. One of their criteria was that the winner should be someone who set a fine example to others, and it was a quality which John Bruce had demonstrated in abundance over a period of more than 30 years as a Special Constable. It was often not realised that Special Constables were unpaid volunteers, albeit highly trained. Alex McDonald then presented John Bruce (who is on the right of the picture) with the Community Award shield and with a beautiful personal scroll recording the granting of the award. In accepting the award, John said that he felt very honoured and grateful, not just for himself, but for all Special Constables. He spoke of the support which he had received from his family, and from everyone in Fife Constabulary - and revealed that he had just accepted his first engagement, to open this year's Burntisland Flower Show! John was accompanied at the presentation by his wife Janice, son Kevin, daughter Amanda, and their families. Also present were representatives of Fife Constabulary, including Chief Superintendent Ken Bellingham.
After the presentation of the Community Award, it was down to business with the announcement of Fife Council's confirmation that there would be no charges at the Links car park this summer. Members were then given a report of a recent meeting about the marketing of the summer fairground this year. Ms Angela Harris of the Beacon Leisure Centre will take a leading role, and the aim will be to market Burntisland as an attractive venue for a "full day out" - incorporating not only the fairground, but also the Beacon Centre and other attractions, as well as places to eat. At the same meeting, the showmen's representatives had accepted that, if their extra week this year was confirmed, they would be content for that arrangement to apply for a minimum of three years. Members then considered a draft Burntisland Community Council Environmental Policy which had been prepared by Ian Quinney; this was unanimously adopted. Fife Council had provided a report of their inspection of the shell of the Palace Cinema in the High Street. They would be writing to the owner to ask him to secure the property so that children and others could no longer gain access. They also confirmed that they had examined two dead rats in the garden of a neighbouring property, but that they had been unable to discover any evidence of infestation within the cinema property itself. Fife Council will take action on the Community Council's request for a bus shelter at Meadowfield, and will in the first instance carry out a survey. If the survey indicates the need for a shelter, one will be provided as and when funds become available. Fife Council had clarified the position with regard to animals on the beach in the summer season - dogs (and indeed horses) were banned from the sands altogether; dogs were permitted on the promenade, but had to be under control. The Community Council considered a request from the Erskine Church for assistance from the Common Good Fund for urgent repairs, totalling some £8,000, which were required to the church fabric. After due discussion, members concluded that the Common Good Fund was not an appropriate source for funding such repairs, and that there were other sources to which application could be made. East of Scotland Water had reported that the work at Lochies Road should be completed by 18 March. The first planning applications to be discussed covered the demolition of the Porte Cinema and neighbouring buildings, and the erection in Thistle Street of seven terraced houses. These houses were described as being based on a proven design, previously used in another Fife conservation area. There was general support for these applications, both in the Community Council and among the members of the general public who were present. The developer, Mr Bob Wilkie, who was also present at the meeting, promised extensive consultation on the next phase of the development. This is likely to be as visually prominent as the Porte Cinema currently is, and is at present described as an apartment block comprising four stories, each with two flats, plus a penthouse. The Community Council had more difficulty with the next planning application, which was for the erection of three houses on a site at Landale Place. Although privately owned, this site was until recently treated by local families and by Fife Council as public open space. There was a significant presence on the public benches to lobby for the area to continue to be public open space. After all the arguments had been heard, the Community Council decided by five votes to three to oppose the planning application.
Prior to the meeting, the Chairman of Burntisland Community Council, Alex MacDonald, presented the annual Scots Verse Competition awards to pupils from Burntisland School. After tracing the history of the awards, which were inaugurated in 1986 to mark the 700th anniversary of the death of King Alexander III and to provide encouragement to young people in the town, he invited the four winners to recite their winning entries. He then handed over a trophy and dictionary to each winner. This was the first year in which the Gilbertson Trophy, donated by the Gilbertson family in memory of their parents, had been presented. The winners are pictured with their trophies - from left to right, Molly Frawley (Primary 3), Katie Stevenson (Primary 4, with the Gilbertson Trophy), Carla Birch (Primary 5) and Scott Taylor (Primary 6).
The meeting proper began with an announcement that, despite earlier reports to the contrary, the fight for the extension of the 30 mph limit to Linwell Court was back on the agenda, with a police commitment to carry out a site inspection after the 'turn right' lane into Linwell Court has been completed. There was further discussion about the derelict Palace Cinema in the High Street, and the Community Council decided to press Fife Council to serve a Wasteland Order on the owner, with the aim of securing environmental improvements to the site. Officebearers of the Community Council had visited Alcan Chemicals earlier in the week, to take part in a consultation exercise on measures to alleviate a further build up of water at the Whinneyhall tip. Urgent action was required, and the Community Council had been asked to consider two options: (1) removal of the water by the use of two dedicated road tankers, or (2) a repeat of last year's scheme, involving the laying of a pipe in the course of the Kirkton Burn. The Community Council had favoured the latter option, and it is likely that this will be implemented as soon as the necessary consents have been obtained. The Community Council had been assured that the work would be completed by mid May, and that tests were continuing in an attempt to find a permanent solution to the problem. East of Scotland Water had reported that the sewage works at Lochies Road should be completed by 18 March. The Community Council had objected to a planning application for houses on a plot at Landale Place and had recommended that the ground be taken into public ownership. The meeting was told that Fife Council had now rejected the application. Following representations on the question of heavy goods traffic within the town, the Community Council will ask Fife Council for a report on the current status of the relief road project. A questionnaire from the Fife Fire & Rescue Service was considered, and the Community Council concluded that they were very pleased with the standard of service provided in Burntisland. Secretary Margaret Macdonald reported that investigations were being carried out to determine the reason for the recent flooding in Haugh Road. She also reported that Fife Council had decided to grant a one week extension to the summer fairground - this arrangement would last for three years, after which there would be a further review. Concerns were expressed from the public benches about the fact that the wheelie bins in Ferguson Place had again remained unemptied, because the refuse wagon could not negotiate the turn from James Park because of parked cars. The local police had promised action on this question at the Community Council meeting in November, and they are to be approached again. In an attempt to get the new bus shelter in the High Street to perform its function, the Community Council will ask for the seat to be removed to provide more space inside the shelter. Members considered a new planning application for a pigeon loft in Ferguson Place and opted to oppose it. They also decided to ask Fife Council to consider the provision of a permanent footbath between Meadow Court and Glebe Place.
Concern for the
environment was a theme that dominated the meeting, which began with a
talk by a representative of the Clean Coast Scotland campaign. One of
the campaign's aims is to provide clearly accessible and up-to-date
water quality information in resort towns like Burntisland. After the
talk, it was down to business. Local environmentalists were well
represented on the public benches, and were given the opportunity to
express their strongly held views on the question of commercial cockle
harvesting - clearly the topic of debate in the town for the preceding
ten days or so. The Community Council decided that it was important to
try to get measures in place by September of this year, when it is
feared that large scale harvesting could well be repeated. They will
pursue a two-pronged approach - Fife Council will be asked to introduce
a by-law to give effect to the widespread desire in the town that, at
the very least, the scale of harvesting should be severely curtailed;
and the local MSP and the Scottish Executive will be asked to consider
the introduction of measures which would protect the entire Scottish
coast. Community Council members also demonstrated considerable
enthusiasm for another environmental initiative, namely the control of
litter, which followed a correspondence campaign by Mrs Doreen Knight.
Member George Kay volunteered to co-ordinate a survey of the town which
would list all litter and dumping blackspots which needed attention.
The town will be divided into six sectors, each of which will be
surveyed by a volunteer recruited at the meeting. The results of the
survey will be presented to the next Community Council meeting on 10
May, and it will then be decided what action to take. Fife Council will
be expected to bear the responsibility for much of the remedial work,
but it is expected that local voluntary effort will be needed as well.
The Community Council had received a request from Fife Council for
payment of £900, calculated as the cost of removing some of the
Christmas lights in the High Street during the January storms. Members
considered this an unfair imposition, and Fife Council will be so
informed. Neither were members happy with the fact that Fife Council
had approved a grant of £3,500 from Burntisland Common Good Fund to the
Erskine Church for building repairs, thereby ignoring the Community
Council's recommendation that the application should be refused on the
grounds that it was not an appropriate use of Common Good money. While
they fully supported the church's efforts to maintain their building,
they considered that funding from other sources should be sought. Fife
Council will therefore be asked to note the Community Council's concern
and to reimburse the Common Good Fund. The question of the present
whereabouts of certain of Burntisland's historical artefacts engendered
considerable discussion and unease. Community Council members and those
on the public benches will therefore prepare lists of such items known
to them for the next Community Council meeting, when the possibility of
an approach to Kirkcaldy Museum will be considered. The Community
Council's request for an extra mail collection point in the Cotburn
Crescent area had been turned down. Their request for a bus shelter on
Cowdenbeath Road had also been rejected, following a survey of the
number of passengers using the bus stop; and Fife Council had refused
to remove the seat from the new bus shelter in the High Street (a
measure which would have allowed passengers better protection from the
elements). Local developer Bob Wilkie informed the meeting that,
following objections submitted, the planning application for the first
phase of the proposed Rose Street/Thistle Street redevelopment had been
withdrawn. The project was, however, still on the agenda, and he would
be considering how best to take it forward.
The first part of the meeting was devoted to the question of litter in the town. A representative of Fife Council was present, but, as he could speak for only one of a wide range of Fife Council departments who were concerned with litter, his comments did not have any great significance. Community Council member George Kay circulated an illustrated summary of the litter survey which he had co-ordinated, and the Fife Council representative agreed to follow this up. It was made clear to him that the Community Council wanted an undertaking that there would be significant improvements. In particular, it was quite obvious that the number, size and design of the present litter bins was woefully inadequate. The Community Council will also pursue the litter education option, and will order posters and leaflets for use by Burntisland School. The Community Council had received a response from Fife Council on the question of the burned out shell of the Palace Cinema in the High Street. It indicated that the Council officials were not in favour of serving a Wasteland Notice (which would require the owner to undertake environmental improvements). The Community Council will therefore write to the local Councillor (who was not present at the meeting), to ask him to promote a Wasteland Notice requiring the owner to repair and paint the façade of the cinema and to cut back the overgrown trees at the rear of the building. It was reported that Fife Council considered that the building of the town centre relief road was "not presently financially feasible". Vice Chairman David Plant revealed that, while Fife Council was getting the credit for the rent-free leasing of the former Tourist Information Office to Burntisland Heritage Trust, it was in fact Burntisland Common Good Fund (the owner of the property) which was bearing the cost. The Community Council considered a request from the Pipe Band for financial assistance towards the provision of new uniforms, and agreed to recommend a £500 grant from the Common Good Fund. Concern was expressed from the public benches about the proliferation of large iron manhole covers on the Links. These form part of the new electricity supply system being installed to serve the summer fairground. The Community Council, as a matter of urgency, will ask Fife Council for more information, in particular on any possible impingement on the Highland Games arena. The question of the proximity of jet water skiers to the beach was raised, and Fife Council will be asked to provide a notice at the slipway, asking skiers to keep a safe distance offshore. Member Avril Coventry informed the meeting that she was canvassing opinion in the town on the possibility of converting the paddling pool to a skateboarding area, and she will report her findings to the Community Coucil in due course.
As often happens, environmental issues
dominated the meeting. First up was the Palace Cinema building in the
High Street, and the Community Council were informed that Fife Council
were "taking advice" on the possible serving of a Wasteland Notice on
the owner. Members then considered the continuing litter question. The
Community Council had written to Fife Council to say that they
considered that the town needed more than the current two street
sweepers, especially in the tourist season; and to ask if the use of
people serving community service orders might be considered. The
condition of the Fife Coastal Path at the west of the town gave members
cause for concern, with reports of people straying on to the railway
line to avoid the accumulated mud. [Subsequent reports indicate that
Fife Council have now cleared the mud and repaired the fence.] The
Community Council will support moves for an assessment of the viability
of the cockle stocks on the sands to the east of the beach. The attempt
to pinpoint the current locations of the town's historical artefacts
will be taken forward with the posting of a notice at this year's
Heritage Exhibition, asking local folk to list all such items that they
know of. Scottish Water had informed the Community Council that a
number of householders had opted not to connect to the new sewage
system, and that there was no way of compelling them to do so. Members
expressed concern about the effect of this on the bathing water
quality. Among the planning applications considered was one for the
erection of a 17.5m telecommunications mast on the golf course; members
decided not to object to this. They also decided that they were content
with proposals for an extension to the Kingswood Hotel, noting with
approval that the plans included a relocated, and safer, vehicle
entrance. The meeting was informed that a local developer had been
served a Wasteland Notice in relation to a plot at Landale Place, which
was currently the subject of a planning appeal. Acting Chairman Plant
contrasted the alacrity which Fife Council had displayed in this case
with their cautious approach to the serving of such a notice in the
case of the Palace Cinema.
The first part of the meeting was devoted to another lengthy discussion on environmental matters, focussing on litter and the condition of the Links. Photos of blackspots were available, and copies will be sent to Fife Council for action. At the same time, the Community Council will request monthly inspections of the Links and town centre, in the company of a Community Council representative. The aim will be to identify what needs to be done, and then to get Fife Council to do something. Some surprise was expressed when Burntisland's scores in the 'Best Kept Town' competition were revealed. The judging panel had awarded 18 points out of 30 for general factors; 12 out of 15 for cleanliness; 16 out of 25 for private gardens; and 16 out of 30 for community effort. On the Common Good Fund, Fife Council had refused to accept the Community Council's arguments about a grant made to the Erskine Church - namely, that a grant had been made which benefited the Church and not the community as a whole. The Community Council will therefore seek a meeting with the appropriate sub committee of Fife Council, to try to get agreement on a set of guidelines which the sub committee would follow when deciding future applications. They will also ask Fife Council to suspend payments from the Common Good Fund until agreement has been reached. In the circumstances, two applications for grants on which the Community Council had been asked to comment (a new one from the Erskine Church, and one from the Burntisland Tenants & Residents Association) were left on the table. Fife Council had informed the Community Council they had no money to create a proper footpath between Meadow Court and Glebe Place, but would note the proposal for the future. The bridge over the burn at the Toll Park was a higher priority, and a replacement costing £8,000 was to be provided. The Community Council will suggest a cheaper alternative - that a short section of the Burn be culverted - thus freeing some money for other projects. On planning matters, the Community Council decided not to object to the granting of detailed planning permission for the building of three 5-bedroom houses on the site of the former Binn House. On the proposed development in Landale Place, they noted that a Scottish Executive Reporter would shortly be paying a site visit in connection with the appeal which had been submitted. The Community Council were informed that Fife Council had secured funding of £312,500 for improvements to Burntisland railway station - namely passenger information systems; cycle lockers; safer access routes; closed circuit television; and miscellaneous facilities. No decision has yet been taken on whether there will be Christmas lights in the High Street this year. A Conservation Order, the aim of which would be to protect the Pettycur Bay area, is under consideration. The dangerous remains of an old groyne at the western end of the beach had been removed by Fife Council, although they had at the same time apparently also removed part of the adjacent groyne which was still serving a useful purpose.
The members and regulars on the public benches were joined by fifteen or so local skateboarders, who had come along to seek the Community Council's support for the provision of a proper skateboarding area in the town. The Community Council were sympathetic to this request, and it was decided to set up a working group under the chairmanship of member Avril Coventry to explore the possibilities. The group will comprise three Community Council members and four local skateboarders. Sergeant Thyne of the local police gave a comprehensive report. He appealed for information from anyone who could help them with information relating to the increase in car vandalism in the past month. He would also like the public to report instances of illegal parking on zigzag markings, an offence which Sergeant Thyne pointed out was endorsable. He expressed concern about recent road accidents near the Kingswood Hotel. The concern was shared by the Community Council, who are to ask Fife Council to consider some short term measures (such as pruning of roadside vegetation and improvement to drainage) and also to consider what might be done at this blackspot in the longer term. The provision of rumble strips and of better signs and realignment of the road were suggested. Sergeant Thyne said he was confident that the town centre CCTV system would prove to be success. In the initial period, staff had had to learn how to manage the system to best advantage, but there had already been a number of significant successes, with persons being apprehended. On the Palace Cinema, a Fife Council Committee were due to consider a recommendation from officials that a statutory notice requiring environmental improvements should be served on the owner. On environmental improvements on the Links and elsewhere, Community Council member Ian Quinney and Fife Council Locality Manager Donald Grant are now carrying out regular monthly inspections to identify urgent work required. A decision on whether or not to have Christmas lights in the High Street this year will be made at the October meeting of the Community Council. A major factor in this will be the amount of volunteer effort forthcoming, and Vice Chairman David Plant (telephone 872803) will be pleased to hear from anyone who is interested in helping. A letter had been received from Mr William Leggatt, who had been elected to the Community Council in October of last year but who had resigned at the first meeting. Mr Leggatt said that, as his resignation had not been in writing, he was constitutionally still a member and he intended to take his seat at the October meeting. Chairman Alex MacDonald said that Mr Leggatt was not a member, and he would be so informing him. A motion to co-opt Mr Leggatt to the Community Council failed to find a seconder and therefore fell. It was noted that there was still one vacancy, caused by the resignation of David Cooper, but no action was taken on this. Reports were given on the possible Alcan closure, but there was little to add to the generally accurate coverage which had appeared in the press. Alcan had assured the Community Council that, in the event of closure, they would honour their environmental obligations but they were unable to give any information about the future of the site. The neglected pruning on the Coastal Path is to be attended to soon, and Fife Council are also to be asked to carry out similar work which is required at West Broomhill Road, Melville Gardens and Manse Lane. Chairman Alex MacDonald reported on a debriefing meeting on Market Day. 400 traders had been invited to rent space, and 80 had responded. Some of these had dropped out when their licences were subsequently revoked. Fife Council will try to encourage more traders to take space next year. The Community Council will point out to Fife Council that the high rents charged could well have been a significant factor in the reduction in the number of traders this year. The police had estimated that there had been between 25,000 and 30,000 visitors on the day, but there had been only four arrests. The Scottish Executive had recently rejected two Burntisland planning appeals - there will therefore be no increase in the number of houses permitted on the site at Fleming way, and there will be no development of the site at Landale Place. The Community Council will submit comments on three new planning applications - concerns about road safety in relation to the proposed telecommunications tower at Grange Farm; reservations about the safety of the access to a proposed development at Lonsdale Crescent; and a request for a condition on minimisation of noise relating to the strengthening of the viaduct in Harbour Place.
The guest speaker was Alastair Shaw of Fife Council, who described the coming reorganisation of street sweeping. In short, the present regular sweeping timetable will be replaced by a focus on need - dirty streets and/or high profile streets will be targeted, and clean streets will be ignored. The Community Council would be invited to comment in detail on the categorisation of Burntisland streets. Commenting on the large amount of resources devoted to the uplift of bulky domestic refuse, Mr Shaw revealed that there were 45,000 such uplifts per annum in Central Fife alone. The provision of special bins for waste paper was being implemented in stages, and householders in Burntisland might receive these in one to two years from now. It was hoped that, in due course, further bins would be provided for material suitable for composting.
After considerable discussion, the Community Council decided that the High Street Christmas lights, in their present form, had had their day, and they will not be put up this year. Fife Council will be asked to remove the supporting cables. The Community Council will discuss what might take their place in 2003, and a donation of £300 received from the Links Showmen's Tenants Association will be used towards that new project. If any local businesses are interested in making use of the existing lights this year, they should contact David Plant on 872803.
It was learned that the Lammerlaws Road bridge would be closed to motor vehicles for between two and five years. Reports indicated that the alternative route, via the docks, was being constructed to a high standard. One disadvantage of that route was that double decker buses would be unable to use it, because of the height restriction in Harbour Place.
Avril Coventry reported that the local skateboarders had been busy organising themselves into a club, and were working on a number of ideas. Her Community Council sub committee would meet shortly.
Members once again expressed concern about the condition of the Burntisland to Aberdour section of the Fife Coastal Path. It was noted that Fife Council were aware of this and were blaming faulty drainage, but members were sceptical about the likelihood of a speedy resolution.
The Community Council then went into private session to consider the co-option of new members to replace David Cooper and Ian Quinney, who had resigned. They decided to invite Alan Smart to become a member, and Mr Smart subsequently accepted. There is still one unfilled vacancy.
Chairman Alex MacDonald welcomed new member Alan Smart, who had been co-opted to the Community Council to fill one of the two vacancies which had arisen through resignations. The litter co-ordinator, George Kay, reported on his recent meeting with Fife Council officials, and revealed that Fife Council wanted to rid themselves of responsibility for the east Links toilets. The Community Council are to ask that they be retained. No objection was raised to a further proposal, that the derelict public toilets at the Lammerlaws be demolished. The Community Council will also ask that the waste paper recycling bin be moved from the Links car park to the Roundhouse car park, to join the others which have already been moved; and that the former recycling area of the Links car park be cleaned and tidied. It was noted that Gordon Hope will replace Donald Grant as Fife Council's Locality Manager for Burntisland.
Avril Coventry reported on a meeting with local skateboarders, who intended to form a club and who had welcomed the Rotary Club proposals for a multipurpose paved and surfaced area on the Links. The Community Council went on to consider the Rotary Club proposals, and members were in principle favourably inclined towards them. It was suggested that some redevelopment of the paddling pool might be incorporated in the development.
The Community Council placed on record their appreciation of the work done by Vice Chairman David Plant and others in providing the Christmas lighting display in the High Street over the years; and their regret that a shortage of funds and volunteers meant that it would no longer be possible to provide the display.
As part of a survey into the effectiveness of the Fife CCTV system, representatives of the Fife Community Safety Partnership will be interviewing people in Burntisland town centre during the course of this month, and a further sample of people in May of next year. Local retailers will also be interviewed.
Local developer Bob Wilkie gave a presentation on updated plans for the proposed development at the East Port. He explained that the whole development was back on the agenda as a result of renewed interest by Fife Enterprise, whose participation was essential if the non-commercial architectural and environmental aspects were to be realised. He circulated plans which were in most respects the same as those which had originally been submitted to Fife Council. The main change was that the standalone 9-apartment block which would be on the other side of Rose Street from the Porte Buildings was now at a more detailed design stage. It was intended that this block would be enhanced to give it architectural merit commensurate with its proximity to the Porte Buildings. The Community Council did not take a formal view at this stage, although the proposals were generally well received by the members. Mr Wilkie said that his intention was to submit a full planning application to Fife Council by the end of January.
The Community Council considered two planning applications. They were happy with the proposal from the Cairn Housing Association for five single story dwellings and eight flats for the elderly at Lothian Street, although they will ask for the boundary wall to be brought up to an acceptable standard. On the retrospective application for the new road to the Lammerlaws, they will ask for reassurances on the safety standards to which the road was built. It was noted that the two heaps of boulders which had been dumped by Railtrack on Pettycur Sands had now been moved.
A representative of the contractors who are replacing old water mains in the town spoke briefly, and confirmed that they would soon begin work in the area east of Church Street. It was anticipated that work in the town centre would begin about the end of March. He confirmed that he would be gathering information on local community activities for next year, with a view to ensuring that conflict would be minimised. Members were less than impressed to hear that their concerns about the administration of Burntisland Common Good Fund had been shelved by Fife Council until a Fife-wide review of Common Good Funds had been undertaken.
Andy Wight-Boycott reported on a meeting with Alcan Chemicals, when various organisations had been consulted on Alcan's desire to once again lay a drainage pipe in the course of the Kirkton Burn to get rid of excess water which had been accumulating in the reservoir at the Whinneyhall tip. Members reluctantly accepted this proposal, as the only alternative was removal of the water by road tanker. It was likely that many years would pass before Whinneyhall would be fit for an alternative use. There was a brief mention of Alcan's 'golden handshake' of £1m for the town, but, as that had only been announced earlier in the day, substantive discussion was left to the January meeting.
There was a lengthy debate on the most suitable location for the bottle banks and other recycling receptacles, and the Community Council confirmed their earlier view, that these should not be returned to the Links car park. Secretary Margaret Macdonald confirmed that she had, as agreed at the last meeting, written to Shona Robison MSP, expressing the Community Council's support for her bill on control of fireworks.
Having been reassured that the plans had been altered to provide for a wider pavement, the Community Council decided to withdraw their objection to a proposed single house development at Lonsdale Crescent. Members agreed to make a small donation to the Horticultural Society, in appreciation of their work in public areas of the town. Several members reported that they had been asked why there were no High Street Christmas lights this year, and it was agreed that it was important that the public be aware that the reasons were a lack of finance to carry out the essential stress testing of the anchorage points and to replace worn out components; and a lack of volunteers to assist with the putting up and taking down of the lights.
Local developer Bob Wilkie updated members on the proposed development at the East Port. He said that the authorities were dragging their feet to such an extent that, unless things improved quickly, he would be submitting a revised planning application for a smaller development. This would be confined to the area at present containing the two derelict tenements in Thistle Street, plus the two smaller adjoining buildings on the west side of Rose Street.
The Community Council then went into private session to consider the nominations for the Burntisland Community Award for 2003.
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