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Community Councils  

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.       



Anstruther in Bloom Working to Maintain Awards Recently Earned

At the recent Anstruther Community Council meeting, the certificate for the awards which Beautiful Scotland gave to Anstruther, Cellardyke and Kilrenny — the top “Gold” award and the “Best Kept Small Town” award — was proudly showed off, having been received by Cllr. Elizabeth Riches.

The awards, the result of hard work by Anstruther In Bloom members, saw  two judges being escorted through the villages to be shown the best these locales have to offer.

Shepherded by Ken Lawson, proprieter of The Spindrift Guest House — whose own front garden is a yearly lush riot of colourful flowers, baskets and plantings — and Jim Braid, a member of the Anstruther Community Council, the judges went on a carefully constructed tour of the three villages. The tour enabled the judges to visit the most places possible in the short time allotted to their visit, ensured they saw as much of the villages and didn’t miss any of the stunning floral displays as possible.

Anstruther in Bloom meetings are open to all, and volunteers as well as financial support are always welcomed.  The group has always made it their goal to earn these awards, and now the incentive is to earn them again in the future.  For more information, contact Kevin Lancaster at



Pittenweem to Kilrenny Cycle Route Update

Sustrans has been advised by Transport Scotland that the confirmation of Community Links funding will not be ready in time to announce the successful projects on 15th April. We are working with Transport Scotland to identify a new date and will let you know as soon as possible, however it is unlikely to be before the end of April.


Do you remember the Empire Cinema?


The Scottish Fisheries Museum recently purchased the former Empire Cinema building and we are keen to piece together the history of the building and any memories local people may have. As yet we have not located any images of the building in use as a cinema – can you help? It now appears that it has an original silent plaster screen. This would make it very rare as the oldest of only two known surviving in the whole of Scotland!

We have title deeds going back to 1836. It had been bought by Alexander Tennant in 1804 as a malt barn and later became part of a brewery complex and then an aerated mineral water factory. It was opened as the Empire Picture House on 27th November,1919. I understand the Burgh Collection does have some old programmes but do you have any photos of the building or remember details, such as the colour of the building? Do you have memories of going to the pictures there?

The Museum plans to turn it into a new Collections Centre with storage for large objects and it is being used as a work space for restoring the James and Mary Walker, the old Anstruther lifeboat. Please get in touch if you can help us in any way:


Cycle Path

A successful application has been made to the Local Community Planning Budget for funds to carry out initial survey work on suggested cycle path routes. Once this work is completed it will be possible to consult on the routes, using ball park figures that will be worked out. This will be an excellent opportunity to ask the public for missing links / dropped kerbs needed etc. After the consultation the routes will need to firmed up and then a start made applying for funding to such bodies as Coastal Communities, Climate change Fund and Sustrans Community Links. If the survey work is completed in time the consultation could take place over the busy Harbour Festival weekend.