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Community council elections.

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  1. An election is to be held for the return of Community Councillors in each of the Community Council Areas in Fife. 
  1. Nomination papers may be obtained from Fife Council (address below) where they should also be returned, completed and subscribed in accordance with the guidance provided in the nomination pack between 9 am. on Friday 17th August 2018 and no later than 4.00pm on Thursday 6th September 2018. 

Notice of Withdrawals of nominations must be submitted to the same address not later than 4.00 p.m. on Friday 14th September 2018. 

Gillian Prestage

Lead Officer – Electoral Services

3rd Floor, Fife House


Fife KY7 5LT


Telephone – 03451 555555 ext: 442230 email –


  1. If any Community Council area election is contested, ballot papers will be sent by post and will be required to be returned to the above address no later than 4.00 p.m. on Thursday 4th October 2018.


Steve Grimmond Returning Officer Fife House

North Street Glenrothes Fife KY7 5LT


16th August 2018


Nomination papers can also be collected from Anstruther community council secretary during shop hours at 56 High street Anstruther.   Voter registration numbers can be obtained from Fife Council office at the Waid or From the Community council secretary.


Community council Minutes July 2018

Kilrenny, Anstruther and Cellardyke Community Council.


Minutes  for the special Community Council    Meeting on Monday 9th July 2018 at 7.30 in the Downstairs Hall , Anstruther Town Hall to discuss the replacement care home in Anstruther


Present:  Andrew Peddie ( chair), Jim Braid, Don Mckenzie, Lorna Jones,  Martin Dibley, Ann Banks, Gail Sorley , Alex Hay , Cllr Linda Holt, Cllr John Docherty, Cllr Bill Porteous.


David Heaney, Vivienne McBride   ( Fife Healthcare Partnership ), Cllr David Graham and  approximately 60 members of the public,.



  • Welcome .  Andy welcome everyone to the meeting and stated  that we will move directly to the item on Ladywalk House Replacement . He then handed over to David Heaney
  • Ladywalk House replacement.  David  Heaney introduced himself , Vivienne and Cllr David Graham . He then went onto give  a powerpoint presentation which was updated on the one given to Community council at the June meeting. He commented on the option appraisal group and the site scoring procedure which showed the Bankie Park site scored best.  It was also announced that the public consultation period is to be extended to the 31st August. All comments will then be collated and a report will be presented to the policy and Coordination Committee Fife Council in November.


          Following the presentation Andy opened up the meeting to questions and asked one person to speak at a time and for whoever answered to be listened to.  All the questions related to the Site ( Bankie Park) and were directed to, and answered by David Heaney.


Note: these are not reported verbatim and are only  indicative of the Questions and Answers and comments made.


  1. Q)  Bankie park is a protected open Site and what does this mean?
  1.  That the parkland is protected from development and can only be used for other purposes if replaced on a like for like basis.
  1. Q) What is the cost of Demolition?
  1. Currently in the region of £70,000 including landscaping.
  1.  Q) Comment:  If that’s the case why not demolish the flats and build there .
  1. The future of the flats is not clear and its on Housing budget so there would be a cost to acquire

the site .

  1. Q) Bankie Park is a safe route to school and what guarantee is there the current site will be returned to parkland.?
  1. If the build goes ahead in Bankie park there will be a written guarantee that the existing site will be returned to parkland.

Q)What is the build time? And where exactly is the site boundary?

  1.       A) one year build time. The current drawings are indicative only so the actual plan would need input from the architect.
  2. Q) Could Ladywalk be rebuilt on its present site ?  possibly decant residents to Methill for the build time?
  1. This could be quite problematic on a number of issues but it will be investigated.
  1. Q) If the home is in Bankie Park the residents will complain about the noise from other park users.
  2. Q) This proposal does not consider the greenspace quality and the shape of the park. A lack of environmental concerns.
  1. A good comment and we will take this up with Parks department.
  1. Q)  In future there is no room to expand except to take more of the park away.
  1. Expansion is anticipated from the private sector and there are no plans to expand Council provision.
  1. Q) Why can’t you put a care home next to a nursing home ( Ie on the Skeith Site ) ?
  1. It is not good practice and does not comply with National guidance.
  1. Q) What is wrong with the Skeith Site or the Pittenweem road Site?
  1. It may need to be three storeys to fit on the sites.
  1. Q) Could you not consider the old Waid academy site?
  1. This is too small
  1. Q) Why are you ignoring the 10 year development of Bankie Park including the wildlife meadow with was part funded by Fife Council ?
  2. Q) why are you talking away the only green space in the Town?
  1. This is a straight swap so no green space will be lost.
  1. Q) With the Ladywalk site returned to greenspace the Bowling club will lose its car park and heavy machinery access.
  1. This has only just been highlighted today  so we will be looking into this.
  1. Q) as the park is a protected open space why was it considered?
  1. This was just one of several sites suggested by property services.
  1. Q) have you considered the Waid Hockey pitch as a site?
  2. Q)  If a different site was chosen would Ladywalk be demolished and returned to parkland?
  1. No, in this scenario it would be offered to other Council services or sold off.


At this point Andy asked the Three Councillors to make a brief comment;


Cllr Bill Porteous .

  • The Consultation period has been extended to 31st August to allow people on Holiday to put forward their views.
  • He is in favour of the Bankie park Site.This is a win win project as there will be a community cafe and public toilets accessible to park users.
  • The Current building cannot be brought up to 2018 standards.
  • There are however red lines that cannot be crossed , for example any land used for the new build has to be replaced like for like.

Cllr Linda Holt.

  • Fully understands how people feel but we need to find a way to resolve the issues.
  • Do not believe that decanting the residents would be appropriate.
  • I am challenging the officers to come back with details :
    • on Environmental impact on Bankie Site ,
    • is it possible to rebuild on the current site?
    • Exactly what are the Skeith site issues?
    • Could the Pittenweem road site be expanded into the Field?

Cllr John Docherty:

  • First elected in 2012 coming from a healthcare background.
  • Many good points raised tonight
  • This is the first stage of a consultation exercise


Cllr David Graham ( health and social care spokesperson )  then spoke about the way forward . All views will be assessed after  the end of the consultation period and that a report will go to The policy Co ordination committee of Fife Council in November with recommendations.  This is made up of 21 Councillors from across Fife. They will then make a decision on the way forward .

( Note: this committee is made up of councillors from right across Fife, only one from the East Neuk and landward Ward )


Andy then wrapped up the meeting by  asking for appreciation for our guests of the evening and closed the meeting at 9.10



consultation on Replacement care home

Royal Burgh of Kilrenny, Anstruther and Cellardyke Community Council response to consultation on Replacement for Ladywalk House, Anstruther.


The Community Council appreciates the logic in building within Bankie Park and returning an equal sized space to parkland after the build, and are aware of support for this within the Town , however it is plainly clear that a substantial number of the community do not agree with this scenario and will oppose it vigorously if it ever became the prefered site and went forward through the planning process.

We therefore ask that Fife Healthcare Partnership fully explore the other sites and even consider sites outwith Anstruther itself.

Of the current list of sites,  we now know that Pittenweem Road is sold subject to a  successful planning application, so that’s basically off the table . If it were to ever come back as a  possible site for some reason, we suggest extending the site into the farmers field to make the site viable.

The two green field sites owned by landowners we still believe are not viable , not only on cost but the Community is opposed to any further residential development over and above the  Silverdykes development that is currently underway . We believe that these two sites would attract residential developers which are not what the Town wants.

The flats site we believe is not viable as their future is uncertain. We appreciate that they currently have a bit of a bad reputation so there is a lot of local views that to demolish the flats will  get rid of the antisocial element. However these are people’s homes and surely with the current housing shortages there must be a better solution to our housing problems than demolition .

We would be very reluctant to see the new care home built outwith Anstruther but within the East Neuk, but we believe this option needs exploring. We must emphasise that to build Ladywalk’s replacement outside the East Neuk would be unacceptable.

This leaves us with what the Community Council believes is a viable site that would receive widespread community support , The Skeith Site.  We appreciate that a single storey build may not fit but as Willow nursing home is two storey we see no real issue making Ladywalk two storey . As for not having  a private home next to a Council home we cannot see that this is a real issue. Having the GP surgery and the NHS clinic next door is surely a positive to this site.

The big issue we understand is the cost of purchasing  the site and that it will have to come out of the total £6.1 Million budget. We are led to believe that the purchase of the site is in the region of £150,000 a not insignificant sum.  At the Community council meeting it was noted that demolition costs for Ladywalk would be in the region of £70,000 , a cost which would be saved, so that’s nearly 50% of the land purchase costs.  It was also stated at the Community council meeting that if the home was built outwith Bankie Park , Ladywalk could be put up for sale if no other Fife council service wanted it . It is to us fairly feasible to believe that the sale of this site would easily cover the remainder of the Skeith site purchase costs.


In conclusion the Community Council fully supports the building of a replacement care home in Anstruther but is concerned that the strength of feeling about the Bankie Park Site will make it very difficult for Fife Council to pursue this through the planning process. We therefore urge Fife Healthcare partnership to actively re-evaluate the other sites suggested, especially Skeith Health Centre ,   and explore any other possible sites that may be available in the area.


Anstruther Community Council minutes June 2018


The Royal Burgh Of Kilrenny, Anstruther and Cellardyke Community Council.

Minutes  for the Monthly   Meeting on Monday 11th June     2018 at 7.30 in the Burgh Chambers, Anstruther Town Hall.


Present:  Andrew Peddie ( chair), Jim Braid, Don Mckenzie, Lorna Jones, Mary Thomson, Martin Dibley,   Ann Banks, Alex Hay , Cllr Linda Holt, Cllr John Docherty, Cllr Bill Porteous. Elizabeth Riches



  • Welcome and Apologies.  Apologies from Gail Sorley.


  • Mr David Heaney ( Fife Health and Social Care Partnership) and Councillor David Graham to discuss the options appraisal for Ladywalk House.



 David Heaney spoke about the need to replace Ladywalk House as within five years it will need re plumbing and rewiring to the tune of half a Million pounds. Also care home standards now require residents to have single rooms with en suite facilities. Therefore it will be more economical to have a new build than try and rejig the existing building.

Modern care homes work on a multiple of 12 bed units so this will have 36 beds , three less that there is now.  Extra beds can be purchased from other providers if necessary,.

David then gave a presentation on the various options for possible sites;

  • North Marches. ( behind the primary school )  Currently a field, so would have to purchase the land from the landowner  and it has access difficulties. Members thought this was not suitable as it would open up the field to residential development which we do not need at the moment. Also more vehicles in the marches complex  etc would cause concerns.
  • Next to the Waid. Again a field that would need to be purchased. Members thought this was outside the town envelope and may also  attract developers .
  • Mayview Flats. Build on the site if the flats were demolished.  Extensive consultation and unknown timescales and costs to acquire the site if available.  A non starter really. ( it would also appear that the empty flats are now being let )
  • Next to skeith Health Centre. Only just fits on the site but it is not advised to site a care home right next to a nursing home.
  • Land next to the Spindrift on Pittenweem Road. The site is too small
  • Bankie Park. The prefered option is to build on a corner of Bankie Park ( .67 Hectares) and return the existing Care home  site to park area. ( Ie something like how Waid Community Campus was built.)

This raised a number of issues;

  • Could a public toilet be incorporated into the building to service Bankie Park?
  • Could a football pitch still be fitted into Bankie park once the development is completed?.
  • Access to Bankie park from Ladywalk?
  • Future provision for expansion? If the home needed to grow there is no room on this site.
  • Does the 36 beds include respite beds ?

After some discussion it was thought that the basic drawing for the prefered site should be put on public display to get as wide a community view as possible. Several venues were discussed but it was thought in Ladywalk itself and in the Community Centre would be most appropriate.

The Chairman thanked our guests for attending and talking through such an important issue.


  • Minutes of the last meeting and matters arising. Proposed by  Don and seconded by Lorna


    1. Elizabeth Riches.  Emergency action Plan. All east neuk Communities to get together in an emergency. This needs coordinating. Village maps to show key relevant locations , identify requirements and storage areas. Andy offered to represent Anstruther and Mary offered any help she could. The east Neuk centre is the current designated building  but this could easily be the Waid. Storage of equipment could be the community shed at the cemetery.


  • New members . ongoing.


  • Questions from the public.  No public present
  • Planning issues. No current  issues
  • Ongoing projects:
  • Website.  Gail working with midget Squid on updating the web site
  • Floral. Meeting on monday June 18th  
  • Financial report. ( Lorna )
  • Accounts circulated and approved. To be sent to FVA for signing. Action Martin.



      1. Current account balance £56, 914.66 ( most is cycle path money)
      2. Floral tins banked £96.57, with £109.18 to bank. 2017/18 tins have collected in total £805.59
      3. Website now in deficit by £318.18 after paying £927 to midget squid.


  • Harbour issues.  ( Don ) Large improvement in buses stopping in the town due to the repainting to bus bays at the harbour car park .  Forth ferries going again in July and August.


  • Secretaries report.
  • CC elections in October.  We need to publicise this as the minimum applicants is eight.



      1. East Neuk community Councils Group. With help from our Councillors this is up and running again with a successful AGM last week.
      2. Policing; Unfortunately the police were unable to attend but reported that there are positive outcomes to a number of incidents in Cellardyke recently.


  • Representation on other Groups


  • Murray Library trustees.  Grant to Anstruther primary School
  • Silverdykes liaison Committee. Meeting tomorrow.
  • Councillors:
  • Bill: mercat Cross: this is ongoing in a positive direction
  • Bill: Poss footpath to Cellardyke war memorial from the entrance to Andy’s roadway allowing disabled access to the war memorial



      1. Linda : Jims  concern will be raised at the next ENCC group with Janice Laird and Sheena Watson on Funding. Also Community Empowerment. Community asset Transfer. Also participatory budgeting.


  • AOCB.


    1. Litter bins at harbour masters office not being emptied.
    2. Ann: some lighting in Cellardyke white and not the usual yellow. Was this right in a conservation area.
    3. Ann:  had received a complaint that there was not enough equipment on Silverdykes park, refer to the liaison committee.
    4. Alex: Cycle park in Bankie park breaking up in places.
    5. Mary: Council policy on weeds? Some paths resembled fields.
    6. Mary: blocked drain in Hadfoot wynd
    7. Ann: excellent filming in Cellardyke , cleared up afterwards etc
    8. Lorna . Water running for ages in East End Cellardyke.


With no other business Andy Closed the meeting at 9.10


Community Council agenda for Monday 9th July

The Royal Burgh Of Kilrenny, Anstruther and Cellardyke Community Council.

agenda for the Monthly   Meeting on Monday 9th July     2018 at 7.30 in the Burgh Chambers, Anstruther Town Hall.



  • Welcome and Apologies.


  • Minutes of the last meeting and matters arising.
  • Ladywalk House replacement
  • New members
  • Questions from the public
  • Planning issues.
  • Ongoing projects:
  • Website
  • Floral
  • Financial report
  • Harbour issues
  • Secretaries report
  • Representation on other Groups
  • Murray Library trustees
  • Silverdykes liaison Committee
  • AOCB




Presentation of Citizen of the Year