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Community Initiatives North East Fife (CoINEF)  

NEF Superfast Broadband Project.

We know that many of you are still struggling with poor broadband speeds and the frustration that it brings to your daily working and family lives

We are all working hard to bring superfast broadband to the communities in North East Fife who have little or no access to the minimum national target for superfast broadband of 24mbps or the planned Universal Service Obligation (USO) of 10 MBPS.    

We are currently working with our partners and stakeholders (Fife Voluntary Action, Fife Council, Community Broadband Scotland) to bring superfast broadband to these areas.

Background to the delay    

In September 2015 CoINEF participated fully in helping to pilot the national procurement framework, planned to enable the selection of suppliers, who would deliver the North East fife Superfast Broadband Project locally.

However, in January 2016 CoINEF started to experienced delays in the procurement.

This was due to the impact of the political processes (SG election / UK European referendum). These delays continued as the procurement process underwent change and revision, regionally and nationally, to comply with Scottish law.  

The national Procurement framework was finally implemented September 2016 and the process started for earnest in October 2016 with a national supplier’s engagement event.

Looking to the future

Since the beginning of 2017 we have been proactive, working with our partners and stakeholders to ensure that   North East Fife Superfast Broadband Project document reflects the expressed needs of NEF communities for high speed broadband and mobile access.

However, the scoping of the areas which the superfast broadband project will cover have experienced significant change, since the project began in 2015. This is due to the coverage being extended by Openreach.  

Community Broadband Scotland are currently reviewing our particular project area and we hope learn more about this and other opportunities by the end of March. We will share this information with you as soon as reasonably possible.

We do realise how frustrating this process has been during this last year and thank you for your continued support and patience.  We hope to have some good news to share fairly soon.       



minutes febuary 2017

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

Agenda for the Monthly   Meeting on Monday 13th February 2017  at 7.30 in the Burgh Chambers, Anstruther Town Hall.


Present:  Andrew Peddie ( chair),  Don Mckenzie, Lorna Jones, Martin Dibley, Kevin Lancaster,  Ann Banks,   Blane McKnight,   Cllr Elizabeth Riches,


Mr Anderson, Alan Nairn



  • Welcome and Apologies.  Andrew welcomed everyone to the meeting . Apologies Mary Thomson , Cllr  John Docherty , Jim Braid, Gail Sorley, Cllr Donald Mcgregor.




  • Adoption of Minutes of the Last Meeting and Matters arising. Approved after small changes by Don , seconded by lorna.




  • Questions from the Public.  Alan stated that the pedestrian crossing is an accident waiting to happen. Car etc parks right on the crossing obscures views. Very dangerous. What can be done? Taking two spaces away would solve the problem. Bollards? Cannot leave things as they are. Action Cllr Riches. Alan also commented he would consider applying to become a member of the CC.




  • Citizen of the year nominations. A number of names were put forward . It was agreed to form a sub group under  the Chair. Similar ceremony to last year.




  • Fife Councillors Report.


              Anti Skid surfacing.  On Sunday 26th February there will be a road closure along part of Shore Street  from 8.00 am til 4.00 pm to allow the anti-skid surface to be laid at each pedestrian crossing.  This is both a noisy and dusty process.  The bus stop will temporarily be in the East Basin car park and access to and from the Folly car park will be via the same entrance.  Traffic lights will be used at the pedestrian crossing opposite the Ship.  Residents and shopkeepers have had a letter explaining all of this.



  • Pass Plus. This is a scheme available for young drivers who have just passed their driving test.  It enables them to quickly gain experience with driving on motorways, and in difficult conditions etc. with an instructor. Promoted by Fife Council at £30 it overs a saving of over £100 and equally important many insurers give specially discounted rates to young drivers who have successfully completed this course.  Details from



  1. Grey bins at the Harbour Toilets.  The current use of these bins has been monitored and as they are not being used to their capacity they will be removed.  This will improve the area around the toilets.


  1. Possible toilet for Bankie Park.  Discussions are underway for a possible solution to the lack of toilets in Bankie Park. It may be possible to hire a portable toilet for the summer months with a view to having a permanent solution later on.  Details of responsibilities for cleaning and supervision still need to be sorted out.


  1. St Andrews Road planting.  There is a plan for suggested planting, and BAM have agreed that they will contribute and spread top soil to help with the landscaping.  An application needs to be made for monies for the cost of the planting.  Martin agreed to look at this.


  1. Fife Council budget. Both the Revenue and Capital budgets will be set on Thursday 16th February.  Decisions on raising Council Tax will be made; on how much monies will be available for roads maintenance and a bid has been made to dredge Anstruther Harbour amongst many other issues.


  1. Chat and Brew events.  These have been set up to take place with support from various agencies such as Energi, DAPL and needle exchange organisations being present if anyone wants a chat or to ask how to access help.



  • Planning Report.



16/00059/NMV 2 Union Place Anstruther, Rear Extension
16/04174 LBC 20 Roger Street Replacement windows
16/04190/FULL Fife Council, Waid Academy Erection of three enterprise units



  • Ongoing projects:
  • Cycle Route. Bankie and dreelside parks ongoing.
  • Banners.  Ongoing.
  • Telescope. funding application now in
  • Website. Still quite a lot to come in , ongoing. Blane offered to help. Also Gail.
  • Floral . martin reported on the recent meeting. Further meetings are to be held. Insurance cover to be clarified




  • Financial  Report.  Lorna updated on the accounts and explained that some details still need ironing out. £448  raised  for coffee morning. £163.92 from collecting tins. Thank you letters. Blane spoke about a sponsored event? Blane to investigate




  • Harbour issues. Don reported on a meeting with Tom Mckenzie. Pittenweem is getting CCTV and not a joint venture with Anstruther. Harbours liaison committee , not over impressed but will continue going.




  • Secretary’s report .


    1. Common Good fund application.   Application from Harbour festival Trust. Martin declared an interest and took no part in the comments. After discussion members agreed to support
    2. Closure of British Legion. would the CC take on buying  legion wreaths for various town groups ?  Members declined   



  • Representatives on other Groups.


Murray Library Trustees. The trustees held their first annual public meeting on Thursday 9/02/17. On the agenda for the members of the public who attended were :-

a power point presentation showing slides of the ML building before and after the restoration

an update on the trustee’s’ business plan for the future

an update on the grants awarded to local organisations – Anstruther Philharmonic, Redfield Arts and Waid Academy Drama Department.

Yann Sypniewski then conducted a tour of the hostel



  • AOCB.


    1. Blane: fundraising and community engagement. Year long fundraising plan? How do we contact the right people to do things in the community. Will come up with some ideas. Lorna: lack of people getting involved, same people over and over again.  Blane to investigate
    2. Ann: small sign for 1hour parking only.

With no other business the chairman closed the meeting at 9.10


minutes January 2017

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

Agenda for the Monthly   Meeting on Monday 9th January  2016  at 7.30 in the Burgh Chambers, Anstruther Town Hall.

Present:  Andrew Peddie ( chair), Jim Braid, Don Mckenzie, Lorna Jones,  Martin Dibley, Kevin Lancaster,     Cllr Elizabeth Riches,



  • Welcome and Apologies.  Andy welcomed everyone to the meeting . Apologies from Cllr John Docherty, Blane McKnight, Gail Sorley, Ann Banks, Cllr Donald McGregor




  • Adoption of Minutes of the Last Meeting and Matters arising.  With small changes  minutes approved by lorna, seconded by Jim.
  • Community Council Vacancies.  Advertise on etc, make it possitive . action martin.
  • Drop in facilities for drug issues. Jim with increasing drug related issues is there a need to develop something on the lines of DAPL?  Cllr Riches reported on a meeting taking place tomorrow on this issue. Elizabeth to update.




  • Questions from the Public.  No questions




  • Fife Councillors Report.


1)Bins by the Harbour toilets. The grey containers are there for the flats above the shops. These properties are on a sack collection as they have nowhere to store bins. Five years ago it was decided to,provide these bins to prevent the seagulls from destroying the sacks on collection day.The usage is being monitored and then a decision will be taken to retain,reduce in number or to remove the containers.

2)      Harbour Toilets were closed over the six public holidays for several days over the holidays, with a notice on the door to this effect.

3)      The area to the east of the Fire Station was initially purchased in 1964 and is currently held as Economy, Planning and Employability land byFife Council.

4)      The Local Development Plan is likely to be approved by Fife Council in April 2017. It is for the period 2016 – 20 26.

5)      Possible CCTV for the Harbour. This is being investigated to see if a joint

bid could be made for this harbour and for Pittenweem Harbour.

6)      Approaches to Anstruther from the north. The 30 mph signing has already been moved north to cover the entrance to the new road to the primary school. There are no plans to provide a flashing 20 mph sign at this position as there will be no pedestrian movements. If attempts are made to use the new road as access to the new Waid this might need to be reviewed or (managed’ through the school.

7)      Devolved grants. Changes are to be made to the manner in which some grants are decided upon: Floral Enhancement Grant, Community Capital Grant, Community Events Grant and Community Organisations Grant.The decisions will be taken at an area level but the exact details have still to be confirmed. Applications already made for the Floral Enhancement Grants are still valid and notification will be sent out by midFebruary.



  • Planning Report. No report




  • Ongoing projects:
  • Cycle Route. Proposal for 20MPH on Crail Road at Bankie Park . Starting in Dreelside soon, Bankie park nearly finished.
  • Banners.  East Neuk dook had banners up. now back up. Booking form for potential users. Action Kevin.
  • Telescope. ongoing
  • Website. £10.00 s coming in. How many paid up. Action Gail.  Update CC minutes. Information boards?
  • Floral .Financial  Report.   Coffee morning 28th January. Meeting early Feb . Action Martin.  Thank corner shop. Action Martin. Contact Mary !!!!!!.   St Andrews Road _ ongoing. Action Elizabeth.




  • Financial report.  Lorna produced a spreadsheet putting the accounts together. Members  went over the figures to identify some income and expenditure.




  • Harbour issues. Don CCTV ongoing , working with Pittenweem.  Proposing possibly £10.00 per boat owner per year to pay to maintain system.




  • Secretary’s report .


    1. Christmas Lights all taken down and stored away.
    2. Community Council insurance form to fill in.  email round



  • Representatives on other Groups.
  • Murray Library Trustees.  No report
  • Silverdykes Liaison Committee.  No report.




  • AOCB.


    1. Kevin: Common good assets?  Map ?
    2. Kevin: Tim Fitzpatrick ? next christmas? Action Kevin.

With no other Business the Chairman closed the meeting at 9.15.


Anster Harbour Fest meeting Wed., March 1 — Volunteers Needed!!

The next meeting of the Anstruther Harbour Festival committee is Wednesday, March 1, at 7:30 in the meeting room of the Anstruther Town Hall (lower level).
The agenda for this meeting, and the minutes of the meeting held on February 1 can be received, just email
The AHF takes place this year beginning on Friday evening, May 26 and continues through to Sunday, May 28.  There will be a marquee for entertainment, dancing, kids activities/ entertainment and other events on the middle pier, and a crafts marquee on the folly where homemade food/snacks, art work and crafts, ceramics, art cards/photos,  textiles, fashion accessories and jewellery, and more will be sold, highlighting the talented people of Fife.
East Neuk people have turned out for this event in ever-increasing numbers in the past few years to enjoy themselves and have a great family day out.
However, the Festival needs to be managed before the event itself, and on the weekend of the Festival. WE NEED VOLUNTEERS TO HELP OUT OVER THE WEEKEND.    Whether it’s for a few hours on one of the days, or the whole weekend, WE NEED YOUR HELP!! WE NEED YOUR INVOLVEMENT!!
Volunteers serve as an information source for visitors, there is no heavy lifting or anything dangerous involved — all you have to do is be helpful and smile!
Please come along to Wednesday’s meeting and learn more about the plans for the event, and how the volunteers are such a crucial part of this weekend.

New Councillors required

The Community council are looking out for new members to join the group. The Community council is very active in the Cycle paths, Floral displays, Web Site, The Harbour, and many other positive initiatives in Kilrenny, Cellardyke and Anstruther. We need more members with good ideas and a ” can do ” attitude to come along and become involved in making our community a better place to live and Work.
We meet on the second Monday of the month in the Burgh Chambers Anstruther Town Hall at 7.30. All our meetings are held in public so why not come along and see if you can contribute to improving our community.


Anstruther Harbour Festival Future Meeting Dates

The Anstruther Harbour Festival planning has begun for this year’s Festival on May 26-28, and future meeting dates — all on Wednesdays — are as follows:  March 1, April 5, May 3, and May 24. Meetings begin at 7:30 pm in the Meeting Room in the lower level of the Anstruther Town Hall.

The Festival has become a major event in Anstruther, drawing thousands of visitors to the town. This popular weekend celebrates the royal burgh’s maritime traditions, with ceilidhs, pipe bands, dance displays, classic boats, competitive rowing races, market stalls of foods and crafts, and children’s entertainment, as well as the well supported yacht muster with a variety of boats gathering at the historic harbour.

Meetings are open to everybody, and all ideas and suggestions for the Festival are greatly appreciated! Information is updated at, or on it’s Facebook page.


Anstruther Community Kist

After a quiet period when there was also insurance and rent to pay, the shop is getting busier again and was able to give out £500 to Waid Academy’s Equestrian Team and a small grant of £50 to cover the cost of an advert in the Anstruther Philharmonic’s Concert Programme. 
This will be a busy year with applications on the table from the likes of the Museum, the Cycle Path, the Community Council (for flowers), the St Ayles Rowing Team and Youth projects. 10% goes respectively to the A.I.A. , East Neuk Centre and East Neuk Emergency Fund. As well as donating why not have a look at our large collection of second hand books, CDs and vinyl. 
The accounts have to be done by the end of February and we will be having an AGM in March. dates to follow.
Elizabeth Gordon, Volunteer Manager


Scottish Fisheries Museum Keeping Folks Busy with LOTS of activities, things to do

The Scottish Fisheries Museum has pulled out not one, but a number of entertaining tricks out of its’ hat as kids and grown-ups can explore various stages of history in workshops and presentations.  Looking for something to do during the cold, windy days of winter?  Come to the SFM for an enjoyable learning experience!

“Awesome Archeology”  will bring out the Indiana Jones adventurour, curious spirit in any kid as three different workshops explore three different ages of human history. The first, “Ruthless Romans,” is on Saturday 11th February, 2.00-3.30pm (Ages 7-12).  Did the Romans ever come to Fife? And if they did, what traces did they leave behind?  Find out as we learn about the objects they made and kids have a go at making wax tablets and wonderful mosaics.  The second, “Burials and Grave Goods” is on Saturday 11th March, 2.00-3.30pm (Ages 7-12), shows how archaeologists use bones and burial goods to learn about people from the past. The third, “Rubbish Pits and Cave Paintings” is on Saturday 8th April, 2.00-3.30pm (Ages 7-12).  As recycling wasn’t used by iron Age people, their rubbish pit remnants and cave paintings teach us what it was like to live at that time and what made up their lifestyle.  Each  of these sessions has an entry fee of £3, and prebooking is advised as space is limited.

Tuesday, February 14, from 5-7:15pm, has “Woven Communities,” an exhibition talk by Dr. Stephanie Bunn, who gives fascinating insight into the crucial role that baskets played in the Scottish fishing industry. Who made them, how they were made, and how they were used will be explored as she looks at a craft which still exists today.

Thursday 16th February —  is “Fabulous Photo Frames & Albums”  day as two sessions for two age groups of kids is offered: 11.00am-12.00pm (Ages 3-6); 2.00-3.00pm (Ages 7-12) Create the perfect place to store your favourite photographs as we use craft sticks, netting, and lots of other materials to create some fantastic — and personalised —  photo frames and photo albums. Take the tricks and skills home, and let the kids get an early start on gifts they’ve made themselves!

Booking for all of these events is advised, and entry is £3.00 per person.  To make bookings or ask questions, call 01333-310628, or email