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The next meeting of Teamanster ( the business association for Anstruther and Cellardyke ) is on 25th October at 7 pm in the Lower Town Hall Anstruther. ( old Library )

The guest speaker is Mr Alistair Busby, principal Business adviser, Business Gateway Fife. He will be advising us on ways of promoting our businesses and the Town in general.


Also on the agenda is Christmas !!!

All businesses in Anstruther, Cellardyke and Kilrenny are most welcome.


Erskine Hall Kids’ Christmas Party Needs Volunteers

For the third year running, the Anstruther Community Council is tentatively  sponsoring a  kids Christmas party on Saturday, Dec. 9, at Erskine Hall, from 1:30 to 4:30.  Kids can play in a bouncy castle or dance to disco music, and Santa will stop by to hand out gift bags. The party, with snacks, drinks, and coffee/tea, are all included in the £2 per person entry cost.

In the past two years, about 70 kids aged 2-9 have come along for an afternoon of fun as accompanying parents keep an eye on their wee ones and have a chance for a coffee and a blether with other parents.

Volunteers are needed on the day to help monitor and manage the party, do minor tidying, and replenish food/snacks/drinks as needed.  Due to Fife Council Health & Safety requirements, we need additional adults (aside from the parents who have escorted and are monitoring their own kids)  to be on hand as extra sets of eyes and assistance should an emergency arise.  IF we fail to reach the number of volunteers needed, the party may have to be cancelled.

To help out at the party, you don’t need any special skills — just enjoy the kids having a good time, visit with the parents  and people you may know — and have fun yourself.

Please email if you’re interested in participating.



community Council meeting october 2017 agenda

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

Agenda for the Monthly   Meeting on Monday 9th October     2017  at 7.30 in the Burgh Chambers, Anstruther Town Hall.



  • Welcome and Apologies.
  • Adoption of Minutes of the Last Meeting and Matters arising.
  • Questions from the Public.
  • New Members.
  • Planning Report.
  • Fife councillors report.
  • Ongoing projects:
  • Cycle Route
  • Banners.
  • Telescope
  • Website.
  • Floral
  • Financial  Report.
  • Harbour issues
  • Secretary’s report .
  • Representatives on other Groups.
  • Murray Library Trustees
  • Silverdykes Liaison Committee.
  • AOCB.




community council minutes september 2017

Kilrenny, Anstruther and Cellardyke Community Council.

Minute a for the Monthly   Meeting on Monday 11th September    2017  at 7.30 in the Burgh Chambers, Anstruther Town Hall.


Present:  Andrew Peddie ( chair), Jim Braid, Don Mckenzie, Lorna Jones, Mary Thomson, Martin Dibley,    Gail Sorley ,  Alex Hay ,     Cllr Linda Holt, Cllr John Docherty, Cllr Bill Porteous. PC Gillian Tetlow, PC Susan Martin, John Easton ( Fife council ),


9 members of the public.



  • Welcome and Apologies.  Andy welcomed everyone to the meeting . apologies Ann Banks. In light of the local concerns and the number of public present Andy took the police report first , then the regular meeting and finished with the AGM. The police and  Cllr Holt left the meeting after item 3



Annual General meeting.

Cllr Docherty to Chair AGM



  • Chairman’s report.


I have really enjoyed the last year as chairman of the  CC.

Because our community consists of three distinct parts there is always a challenge in representing all the views but I believe we have worked well together and have been successful in that field.

The big successes for me have been as follows

The beginning of construction of the multiuse path which will eventually run from Pittenweem to Kilrenny

The coffee morning in Cellardyke church hall.

The citizen of the year award night

The gold gilt award in the Beautiful Fife awards

The formation of a local business association, Teamanster.

Hopefully they can help address the needs of local businesses in our community.

All these events have required hard work and people pulling together . They have been very successful and have raised our profile in the town. There are also several exciting projects ongoing which should be completed in the coming months.

The big challenges are more engagement with groups and individuals and more help with the big projects like the floral  effort in a town of 5000 it would be good to have around 50 people who would be willing to help from time to time. The Christmas celebrations in the town have been very low key. The big problems are  limited finance and limited volunteers. It would be good to work with  Teamanster to make better use of the recourses and make Christmas in the town more special.

I would like to thank the members of the CC for all their support.



  • Adoption of accounts.   Accounts were circulated at the previous meeting. Approved Andy and seconded Jim
  • Election of office bearers. Current office bearers elected en block



Regular monthly meeting.



  • Adoption of Minutes of the Last Meeting and Matters arising.  Prop Jim, seconded  Mary.




  • Police . To discuss recent issues.  Gillian introduced Susan Martin. Police contact e mails are :


And remind folks they can always call 101 or crimestoppers with information and can remain anonymous.


ALL Anti Social Behaviour call cards checked (302)

1 call regarding persons selling drugs from a property, 2 regarding a smell of cannabis coming from another property.

ALL concern for calls checked (77)

2 calls about persons being in a public space under the influence of alcohol or drugs, both calls Anon, no trace of the individuals in both cases.

  1. 6.20pm Tuesday 13th June 2.
  2. 04.14hrs Saturday 24th June

ALL assist members of the public calls checks (121)

1 call from a member of the public having found a needle lying on the footpath on Pittenweem Road Anstruther at 10.38pm Saturday 15th July. Needle kicked into the roadway, details passed to Environmental services.

ALL police information calls checked (70)

1 call regarding persons selling drugs from a property

ALL public safety calls checked (40)

None relating to drugs or drugs misuse.


Concerns about substance abuse etc. things happening but not a lot reported to police Scotland. Gillian knows of two needles reported. Needs more information to get a warrant, needs the community to help . Crimestoppers or 101.


Andy then asked John Easton for comment.  Unused kits found around  lover’s lane, Cunzie Street ,   and behind the rugby club. Nothing for 12 months except the needle in Bankie Park.  If anyone finds anything the Council will come out within two hours or if needle safe, 24 Hours.   It was agreed to put phone number on

Questions were then opened up to the room.


  •  Crime Levels ? Crime levels the same as last year.  Both officers spend all day in the east neuk. More actual hours than before police scotland came into being.


    1. Pick up time for needles two hours ( two council staff for Fife )
    2. Coffee with cops at the Waid academy  for an hour every Thursday. Also attends some local coffee mornings.
    3. Staffing on night shift?  Down to Response units .
    4. Cllrs Holt and Porteous both stressed the need to give information to the police.

Andy wound up the discussion thanking everyone for raising these important issues.



  • Questions from the Public.  Several dog owners commented on dog walking  at Waid Academy. This relates to an e mail from Andrew Stokes following the last meeting . Alex  commented he was a very responsible dog owner. Jim commented that other dog owners were not responsible and this was not a dog exercise area. A discussion took place. To ascertain what the actual concerns are it was agreed to write to Andrew Stokes Action Martin.


            Jim asked about land for sale in Lindsay Berwick Place.   Apparently This has now been  withdrawn from sale.  Discussion took place on who owns or controls this land. Residents may now consult a solicitor.  



  • New Members.  Any volunteers??




  • Planning Report. No report




  • Fife councillors report.
  • Cllr Porteous commented on attracting new members.
  • Cllr Docherty commented that bin calendars are now online only. Paper  copy  03451 550022. Action fraud scam from Royal Mail.0208 number.
  • Cllr attending meetings. One Councillor will attend each meeting, Cllr Holt will attend every meeting at some point. It will not be possible for one Councillor  to attend for the whole meeting.




  • Ongoing projects:
  • Cycle Route. Letter from Elizabeth Riches. Andy to volunteer to represent the CC.
  • Banners.  Not punchy enough . any ideas
  • Telescope. Letter needed for Christine Palmer to move this forward. Action Martin
  • Website.   Work with teamanster to develop the project
  • Floral . Won Gold again.  Going to invite everyone involved to the next meeting.




  • Financial  Report.  


Bank balance at end of August : £61,256.29 ( mainly monies held for cycleways project )

Hanging baskets on folly – 6 baskets to be paid for by MLT

   10 baskets to be paid for by donations from public. JB paying this invoice

   4 baskets donated by Pathhead

Invoice for Christmas tree installation and removal 2016 –  FC have agreed to reduce the cost of the invoice. A new invoice to be sent.

Jim Coleman of FC has recommended that a fixed invoice price should be agreed with FC for 2017.

Dance Festival : the total cost for the festival was £2,307.80 which gave a deficit of £167.80.

Elizabeth Gordon (Community Kist ) agreed to £167.80 being transferred from the money she had donated to the floral account, to cover this deficit.



  • Harbour issues. Pontoons finished. Coaches only signs still to be done.
  • Secretary’s report .


    • The new Traders association is now established in Town.
    • We have received a letter from Elizabeth Riches on behalf of the cycleways group.
    • ENCC group me last Thursday .
      • ENCAP update, The group are looking for communities to start their action plans
      • ENFR update,  Gillian gave her detailed update
      • New Community Development manager, Sheena Watson introduced herself along with Tessa Sim the new Community Education worker. Basically Sheena will now incorporate Fiona Mitchell’s role into her current role.
      • Zycle paths update.  Carl have a detailed update
      • Councillor Holt commented on attendance at Community council meetings. Finding it difficult to attend more than one CC meeting in a night.
  • RBS mobile bank. The timings for the mobile bank are causing some concern. Martin will meet with RBS tomorrow to discuss the situation.



  • Representatives on other Groups.
  • Murray Library Trustees. Jo Mc farlane now installed in one of the units .
  • Silverdykes Liaison Committee.


Siverdykes Play Area works to commence on 21st August 2017.

Section 75 Refunds

Crawhill Bridges – awaiting FC action.

Billowness and Windmill Court Play Equipment – projects have been tendered with an excess of £10,000 compared with contribution recommended. It was decided to recommend that the extra cost be funded.

Anstruther telescope – recommended contribution confirmed as £5,500 subject to planning consent.

Information Boards for Cellardyke – have received planning consent.


Issues Relating to Work on Silverdykes Development

Sales status Private Housing Reserved  7 Missived  2 Settled  150

FC Housing Settled 57

KHA Settled  44 Contract  14

Further contract for 20 units being discussed between Muir and KHA.



G Jones will act as chairman for next meeting, thereafter the election of chairperson to be discussed by CRA and CC.

G Jones proposed that the present co-opted members be invited to continue in their role. This was accepted by committee.

Improvement to etching to plaques to be undertaken by Muir Homes.

FC has still to replace Elizabeth Riches who was their representative on the committee and reported back to FC after each meeting.


DONM  Thursday 5th October 2017



  • AOCB.


    1. Mary asked about  car park charging, is it true that Fife Council will charge for  St andrews road car park . Martin commented that this had been rumored and Cllr Holt was investigating.
    2. Alex: HGV accessing primary school  via the Wide Entrance  also abuse of disabled bay at the Waid..


After a very full meeting the Chairman close it at 9.45


Community Council minutes august 2017

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

Minutes  for the Monthly   Meeting on Monday 14th August   2017  at 7.30 in the Burgh Chambers, Anstruther Town Hall.


Present:  Andrew Peddie ( chair), Jim Braid, Don Mckenzie, Lorna Jones, Mary Thomson, Martin Dibley, Kevin Lancaster,   Gail Sorley ,  Blane McKnight,   Cllr Linda Holt, Cllr   John Docherty, Cllr Bill Porteous,


50  members of the Public.



  • Welcome and Apologies.  Andy welcomed everyone to the meeting. Apologies from Ann Banks, .PC Gillian Tetlow. Considering the number of people in attendance the Chairman relocated the meeting to the Main Hall . Once settled he introduced Mr Andrew Stokes.
  • Mr Andrew Stokes, fife council. To discuss the new Waid Academy.  Mr Stokes started by outlining that this was a community campus , the second in Fife which incorporates the School, Council office, Public Library and Community Learning.  


            A number of issues were raised including:

  • Signage. Virtually no signage from the main road and confusing signage within the campus.  Signs to the old Council office still in place
  • Opening Hours. This was supposed to be 9am to 5pm but had been cut back to two mornings. Andrew stated that it was now going back to 9 to 5 and it was hoped to increase these hours. the problem was due to staffing.
  • Public Transport. There is no public transport to the facility. Andrew said this was being addressed and would start shortly.
  • Car Parking. With only 70 spaces there would be very little if any spaces for the public, how do they park at the facility. Andrew commented that this would be monitored.
  • Sport access. The Rugby club had been promised access for changing room for games and this was not happening , the had to hire very expensive facilities from the sport centre.


The Chairman thanked Mr Stokes for attending and he left the meeting. He then introduced Mr Bruce Weir:



  • Mr Bruce Weir, CW properties. To discuss proposed development on land north of Crail Road Mr Weir introduced himself and his associate who produced copies of a landscape appraisal. He stated that he thought he was addressing about ten people from the Community Council ( he did not appreciate  that Community Council meetings are held in public). The area in question was not part of the local plan but it was his intention to lobby for its inclusion in a future Local Plan. He had no definite ideas as what would go on the site but indicated it may be between 220 and 250 houses.


            Community Council Vice Chair Jim Braid replied by asking a number of questions  on issues such as Housing  density, impact on services, impact on Schools, Impact on Health services etc etc. It was obvious that Mr Weir had not as yet considered any of these issues, his one aim was to get the area into the local plan for development. The Chairman then opened up the meeting to public comment. The unanimous view of all those who spoke was that this development was not wanted for all the reasons quoted by Jim Braid and a lot more besides. After a robust exchange of views with residents the Chairman thanked Mr weir for attending and he left the meeting.  

The Community Council returned to the Burgh chambers for the rest of the meeting.



  • Adoption of Minutes of the Last Meeting and Matters arising.  Propose by  Mary, seconded by Don
  • Questions from the Public.  CC Boundary. Confusing Crail and Anstruther.  ( Third Part )
  • New Members.   Alex staying as a member  now as he no longer was in dispute concerning his neighbour . Other new members ongoing.   Cllr Linda talked to Ian Hughes. Doing presentation.
  • Planning Report.



17/02261/FULL Installation of replacement telecommunications mast and associated works Site Address: Skeith Road, Crail Road, Anstruther, KY10 3YL No comments



  • Ongoing projects:
  • Cycle Route. ongoing.
  • Banners. ongoing
  • Telescope.  Ongoing , recommend funding of £5500 from silverdykes subject to planning permission.
  • Website.  Ongoing.
  • Floral . 27th september. Awards on 6th September. Chairman cleaned the weeds off the sea wall.
  • Financial  Report.  Christmas tree saga ongoing. Annual accounts circulated and it was agreed to hold the AGM at the next meeting.
  • Harbour issues. Don several issues ongoing, working with Cllr Linda. Holt.


  1. Cllr Linda Holt: update with consultation with Stuart Goodfellow.
  2. Cllr John Docherty,  reported on a meeting with RBS concerning its closure in Anstruther and how people could access banking in future.
  3. Cllr Bill Porteous . Concerns raised about  Kilrenny Bridge speeding. Private trainer still  operating in Bankie Park, ongoing .  
  4. Secretary’s report .
    1. We have been asked for our opinion on a common good application from the Scottish Fisheries Museum ( details circulated). It was agreed to support £500
    2. Demolished wall in East Forth street.  Still no planning application coming forward and the property owner has advertised the “ yard” for rent at £250 per month. Ongoing. This is being dealt with by Fife council enforcement officer.
    3. Dunedin Dance Festival. This went off very well despite the weather. Kevin has received a letter of thanks from Dunedin Dancers.
    4. Cellardyke sea queen. Letter circulated from the organisers asking for the Community council to be the umbrella organisation. In effect asking the Community Council to take legal and financial responsibility for an event we  are not organising. I suggest we tread very carefully.
    5. Traders association. Traders in the  Town are currently working together to form a new organisation , Team Anster.( Together Everyone Achieves More ).  The next meeting is on 6th September.   Once they are up and running part of the subscription to this new group will be the subscription to
    6. Bank closure. I have met with Darren Liddle from RBS and he is putting on a series of events to inform people how they can bank etc. These events will start now and carry on well after the branch closes, possibly in the Community Campus or the East Neuk centre. We will also be getting the mobile bank possibly two days per week . A suggested location is Bankie Park. Also given sufficient notice the mobile bank can attend larger scale public events etc.  I am still nudging TSB concerning an ATM in Roger Street.



  • Representatives on other Groups.
  • Murray Library Trustees.  Studios 1 and 2 will change to an artisan business.
  • Silverdykes Liaison Committee.  Ran out of time to give report



The Chairman closed the meeting at 10.00.


Harbour Festival Fate & Future Meeting on Thur., Oct. 19

The future and fate of the Anstruther Harbour Festival will be discussed at a meeting on Thursday, Oct. 19, at 7:30pm in the Burgh Chambers meeting room of Anstruther Town Hall. The Planning Committee of the Anstruther Harbour Festival is having this general meeting, open to everybody, to discuss the future of the festival.

The future of the Festival is in jeopardy.  The risk?    That the AHF will either not take place in 2018, or will cease to be held in the future altogether.

For the past five years, a committee of five people has planned and operated the Festival. ALL five of these people are over 60. Nobody gets paid for their time/efforts, nobody benefits financially, and all AHF expenses and accounts are audited and transparent. 

These committee members are now at a point where burn-out is occurring.  We are tired!  

The AHF needs — wants! — more support from people in this area.  We need volunteers to help with event pre-planning, or being available during the few days of the Festival weekend to help with various management and operational activities. When we have made public requests for volunteers to help this year and in the past — the response has been extremely limited.  We need to change this!!

We need volunteers to help plan and run the event. Find raffle prizes and sell raffle tickets. We need someone to liaise with stallholders, someone to organise the best shop window competition, people to distribute programmes and people to act as village ambassadors ready to answer visitors’ questions. More importantly, we WANT people to come up with new ideas and help make them happen.

The AHF needs more financial support  from local shop-keepers. On Festival weekends, we know–we see— how Anstruther businesses benefit from the increased Festival footfall as people are eating, drinking, shopping. Visitors come in on boats, stay in b&b’s, or do holiday rentals — and they all need to eat and drink during their time in Anstruther.  Businesses are benefiting from, but not supporting, the very event helping to put additional money in their tills. We hope — want!! — to work more closely with Team Anstruther shopkeepers, as well as other area businesses.

To put on this event costs a lot of money and without financial support,  the Festival will just not happen. Money is spent on performers, musicians, dancers and entertainers. Money is spent on necessities such as marquees, tables/chairs, portable loos – and the legally required insurance for the whole event. Donations from individuals and business sponsorships, along with raffle ticket sales, help defray these costs, but don’t cover everything. Fife Council grant money has been, and will be, cut back due to their own budget limitations, which means we have to find new sources of money, OR cut back on the activities, entertainment and services offered at the Festival.