ANSTER COMM.COUNCIL MTG. Monday, July 9@7:30pm Anst. Lower Town Hall — BANKIE PARK IS ON THE AGENDA….come, listen, learn, and give your comments and thoughts….ALL WELCOME, ANYBODY WHO HAS USED, IS USING,, OR WANTS TO USE BANKIE PARK SHOULD COME ALONG!
This is a community-led project, the first of its kind in Fife, and a sub group of Kilrenny, Anstruther and Cellardyke Community Council has been formed to take this project forward. The Anstruther Cycle Group has formed a partnership with Fife Council to ensure that a mixture of expertise and resources are harnessed to deliver this £1 million project.
4 years ago we met with the East Neuk Community Council Forum with representatives from each of the CC’s in the East Neuk.
The initial aim is to provide for multi-use paths connecting Pittenweem-Anstruther-Cellardyke-Kilrenny. Consultation commenced with the public, schools and local businesses in December 2015. The paths form part of a bigger vision to link the East Neuk between Elie in the west and Crail in the east. The route will then continue on to St Andrews via Kingsbarns, with these sections being progressed by St Andrews University.
This will, in effect, parallel the Fife Coastal Path currently used by over 500,000 people per year.
In addition, links to the Shore and shops etc will be signposted, and improved where possible.
The benefits of the initiative are Safe Routes to Schools, and the promotion of Health, Tourism, local Economy and Environment.
The project will work on a number of levels and will provide safe and accessible multi-use links to schools, shops, places of interest, and other destinations. It will help children to cycle safely to school, everyday trips by locals to access the shops, tourists and locals to enjoy the local environment and places of interest, and the disabled to use their mobility scooters for access to local services.
Along this length are many hotels, guest houses, bed and breakfasts, and backpackers hostels. They will all benefit from increased trade thereby safeguarding jobs, and creating others.
The design comprises mainly off-road facilities including a mix of new-build sections of 3m footways/cycleways alongside existing roads, together with some existing 3m footways/cycleways, and other sections of footways which will be converted to at least 2.5m width for combined use (all to be sealed surfaced and built to approved Sustrans standards). Road crossings will be facilitated by the use of dropped kerbs, Toucan crossings, and build-outs to create traffic-calmed sections, as appropriate.
There will also be a minimum of on-road facilities where applicable in the 20mph areas, incorporating comprehensive signing and lining, cycle lanes, removal of inappropriate access controls, and diversion away from adverse gradients.
The project also includes the following sustainable proposals:
- solar energy lights along unlit sections. We propose to use different coloured illuminated road studs at farm crossings etc; the studs also flash to warn of the possible dangers of frost,
- charging points and parking for Mobility scooters/bikes [We plan to improve the proposed cycle parking provision at the new Waid Community Hub, by expanding it to incorporate electric charging points for cycles and mobility scooters. This will be replicated along the shore front at The Folly],
- living willow tunnel in Bankie Park and Edible Route,
- viewpoints and information boards (including QR codes) and part of the Telescope project [Information Boards will be designed for installation at key points along the route including at designated viewpoints and at the proposed telescope viewpoint,
- comprehensive direction signs including cycling time [An indicative comprehensive direction signing strategy has already been developed. These will be specific cycling signs showing the main destinations together with the average cycling time to get there],
- secure cycle parking linked to coastal path [ Secure cycle parking is proposed along The Folly, at the car park at Anstruther Golf Club, and is to be provided at the Community Hub],
- part of the established Edible Route way [Additional fruit trees are proposed alongside various sections of the route between Pittenweem and Kilrenny],
- expansion of the existing GEO-Caching network [ It is proposed to expand the existing basic geocaching network in the area. This could involve using the local schools to participate in identifying locations for new caches, enabling locals and tourists to investigate further,
- cycle repair stations: these provide a pump, repair tools and a stand to carry out basic cycle maintenance and repairs. These will be provided at the Community Hub, the primary school and at the Folly.
The project cost of the Pittenweem to Kilrenny cyclepath and associated works is approximately £1M. This has been funded by the local group, local and national grants, and has been match-funded by Sustrans.
|A-C Pittenweem to Waid Academy||(i)Dreelside Park – completed
(ii) Pittenweem to Queens Gardens – awaiting land negotiations
(iii) Dreelside to Waid- route under discussion
|C-D Waid to Bankie Park||Existing route to be improved|
|D-E Bankie Park||Completed|
|E-F Bankie Park to Windmill Road||Existing route to be improved|
|F-I Windmill Road to Kilrenny Bridge||Land negotiations completed|
|G-H Windmill Road to Memorial||Later phase awaiting land negotiations|
|H-I Memorial to Kilrenny Mill||ditto|
|K Silverdykes / Church Link||Completed|
Three sections have been completed; a fourth will be going out to tender shortly now that land negotiations have just been completed; we are awaiting completion of land negotiations on the Pittenweem section; and existing sections will be upgraded with signing and lining. We are currently about 18 months into a 2+ year programme of works.
We intend to work closely with both schools to ensure that Travel Plans, Safe Routes to Schools, bicycle training etc reflect the proposed infrastructure.
We are also about to embark on a Feasibility Study for a shared-use path between Kilrenny and Crail.
Regular updates and liaison with adjoining Community Councils is being maintained through the EAST NEUK AND LANDWARD JOINT COMMUNITY COUNCIL FORUM.
In summary, we have built paths through Bankie Park and Dreelside Park, and also the link adjacent to Cellardyke Church.
We have just completed land negotiations for the Windmill Road to Kilrenny section, which we hope to start work on in the near future.
We are also in continuing negotiation with the landowner and tenant for the final section out to Pittenweem.
Further afield, we hope to see the first draft of the Kilrenny to Crail Feasibility Study soon. That will enable us to start to plan public consultations for this multiuse path. We will then need to start again on finding funds.
STOP PRESS: We are aiming to hold Bike in the Park 2, in Bankie Park on Sunday 8th April from about 11.30 to 3.30 pm. Old favourites Dr Bike and Peachy Keen will be there. We will also be having a wooden activity trail, E-bikes, balance bikes, and a Road Safety Activity Layout. We are also looking for help with stewarding this event. Information about the multi use paths will be on display.
Updated 11 March 2018
Kevin Lancaster, Anstruther and Kilrenny Community Councillor, welcomes the progress over the latest development of the next link in the multi-use cycle path for Anstruther and Cellardyke . Work should start in Dreelside Park this week and provide a path for cyclists, those on mobility scooters as well as joggers and walkers.Kevin Lancaster added “The 1 st completed link near Cellardyke church will be used to trial solar studs to light the path. These studs sparkle to indicate frosty conditions so we look forward to seeing how effective they will be! The work on the path through Bankie Park should be concluded by early February, leaving more plantng along the path to follow “The Cycle Group, working under the Community Council guidance, is most grateful to many sponsors : Norah Webber, Helen Main, Community Kist, Section 75 monies associated with Muir Homes development, the Settlement Trust, the Common Good Fund and the Local Community Planning Budget, as well as Sustrans for matched funding.
Please be aware that as from Monday 28/11/2016 the above combined footpath / cycleway works will commence at Bankie Park, Anstruther.
This will mean parking disruption at Bankie Park Car Park, with several parking bays being out of use due to the adjacent civil engineering works, however I will try to keep this disruption to a minimum where possible. School pupils will still be able to use the school crossing / School crossing Officer at Crail Road.
The first major section of the Multi-use Path between Pittenweem and Kilrenny starts today in Bankie Park. It has been a fantastic piece of Community Co-operation led by a sub-group of the Kilrenny, Anstruther & Cellardyke Community Council working in partnership with Fife Council.
We would like to thank the following for financial support to this project
Elizabeth Gorden – Community Kist
Silverdykes Liason Committee
Kilrenny, Anstruther & Cellardyke Community Council
Helen Main Charitable Trust
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 email@example.com.
I’d like to take the chance to thank all those who were involved with volunteering on the excavation. We had a fantastic time and the weather was pretty much awesome for the duration. Also, thank you to all those who visited us on site and showed so much support during the three weeks. It was a great success and below are some of our preliminary feelings of what we have uncovered.
Our initial thoughts are that we have exposed is an early16th century church nave wall, a path and a door way through this church nave wall and an earlier, medieval well.
A dendro-chronological date for the timbers in Anstruther Easter Kirk tower (funded by the Anstruther Improvements Association in 2014) revealed that the wood used to build the tower was felled in 1508, so the tower can’t be earlier than 1508.
We suspect the tower was built in c.1510. The timber was still green when used, so the tower must have been built quite shortly after 1508. The 1508 church was erected to replace an earlier, medieval church. It’s likely that this earlier medieval church was quite a small affair and it’s foundations are probably sitting underneath the nave of the church we see today.
What the excavations have done is to shed light on the original extent, and access to, the c.1510 church. The excavations have also shown that the building of the c.1510 church involved in-filling and capping of an earlier well. We can’t say anything about this well other than it is earlier than c.1510. However, we strongly suspect that this well served the needs of the medieval church that we know from documentary sources existed here since at least the 12th century. The well would have supplied the water that, once blessed, became the holy water used for various purposes including supplying the water to the piscinae (for washing communion vessels) and baptismal water font of the medieval church. This well may even have been considered to have holy qualities, being located as it was in consecrated ground and in association with a medieval church.
When the first church on this site was erected is not clear. It could have been as early as the 7th century (we know the East Neuk was one of the first parts of Fife converted in the 6th/7th century) or it could be as late as the 12th century, when the first parochial system was developed. Documentary sources tell us that there was a church on the site from the later 12th onwards, but they supply no further detail.
The dendro-chronological date from the church tower timbers tell us that whatever church existed before 1508, and we assume it was probably that which existed in the 12th century, was replaced by a large church with a spacious ( and most likely aisled nave) and bell tower.
Possibly by 1508, the old, tiny little medieval church was not big enough for the parish population so a new, bigger one, was built.
This bigger, c.1510, build church was then reduced in size in the early 19th century. The tower was left untouched but the nave was reduced in size. The excavations have found the line of the c.1510 southern church wall (with doorway) and have shown that the building of this new church involved the covering over of the churchyard’s old medieval well.
It’s a bit unusual that this well should have been covered over as you would expect this well to have been accorded some religious significance. It’s possible that the covering up of this well in c.1510 indicates a very slight change in attitudes in the early 16th century; a move away from former religious practices.
Thank you everyone for your support and we’ll keep the page updated.
BEAUTIFUL FIFE JUDGING REPORT SHEET
|Name of entry: Anstruther||Judging Date: 21/ 07/16|
|Category: Coastal town||Judges: Suzanne Gilfeather, Alice Soper|
|SECTION A – Horticultural Achievement|
|Assessing year-round horticultural achievement including conservation and natural areas.|
|A1.||Impact – design, colours, appropriate choice of plants, special features, presentation, innovation||20||18|
|A2.||Horticultural practice – cultivation and maintenance, quality of plants, sustainability, new planting||20||19|
|A3.||Residential and Community Gardening – residential, communal areas, allotments, public buildings (grounds of churches, schools etc.), car parks||20||19|
|A4.||Business Areas and Premises – retail and shopping areas, leisure sites, transport terminals, car parks, farms, rural businesses, pubs, post offices, tourist areas/attractions, offices, estate agents etc.||20||18|
|A5.||Green Spaces – verges, parks and open public spaces||20||18|
|TOTAL POINTS AWARDED FOR SECTION A
50% of maximum points
BEAUTIFUL FIFE JUDGING REPORT SHEET – PAGE 2
|SECTION B – Environmental Responsibility|
|Assessing year-round activities improving environmental responsibility.|
|B1.||Conservation and biodiversity – wildlife areas, natural habitat||10||8|
|B2.||Resource management – recycling, minimising demand placed on natural resources and any harmful impact on the environment||10||8|
|B3.||Local heritage –management and development of local heritage and/or identity, inclusive of natural heritage||10||8|
|B4.||Local environmental quality – management of vacant premises and plots, litter, graffiti, fly-posting, dog fouling etc.||10||7|
|B5.||Pride of place – management of street furniture, signage, art in the landscape and hard landscaping||10||8|
|TOTAL POINTS AWARDED FOR SECTION B
25% of maximum points
|SECTION C – Community Participation|
|Assessing year-round community participation|
|C1.||Development and continuity – Development and sustainability of the local initiative and evidence of on-going projects||10||8|
|C2.||Communication and education – community awareness and understanding, engagement with schools and young people and/or other community groups, press coverage, publicity materials||10||8|
|C3.||Community participation – community involvement is representative of the community’s size and diversity||10||8|
|C4.||Year-round involvement – schedules of events and supporting evidence of year-round activity||10||8|
|C5.||Funding and Support – initiatives to secure on-going support for the local campaign including local business support||10||8|
|TOTAL POINTS AWARDED FOR SECTION C
25% of maximum points
BEAUTIFUL FIFE JUDGING REPORT SHEET – PAGE 3
|TOTAL POINTS – 170
MEDAL AWARDED –Gold
AREAS OF ACHIEVEMENTAnstruther has succeeded in bring together several community groups under one umbrella, all working together to improve their town.
Anstruther is colourful and clean, with wonderful floral dispays throughout..hanging baskets, carpet bedding and adopted boats..boats are fitting for the location and the Fowler St boat is a riot of colour, lovely to see small spaces planted up in Cellardyke..unique and quirky. Plants are healthy and well chosen for loacation.
Fund raising very healthy, community kist is great way to help projects in town.
Good communication to residents about activities.
Allotments are an asset, sensible to have smaller sized plots here. Orchard and foraging / edible walk is interesting development to watch.
Great to see seagull proof bins, important as many fast food outlets.
Beautiful displays, aware of need to be sustainable, healthy fund raising and good community participation
IDEAS FOR IMPROVEMENT
Get more regular school involvement in allotments
Fife Council beds in Cellardyke would be better planted with perennials
Keep developing business support
Hi everyone, I hope you’ve all had a lovely summer.
My apologies for being quiet for a while, with annual leave and other project commitments it has been very busy. I would like to give a call out to anyone interested in taking part in the excavations we have coming up starting next week. The sites we are going to be working on will be in St Nicholas’ (Dreel Halls) graveyard where we will be tracing some of the original wall of the church and also investigating the possible presence of a stone cist, that had the corner recorded by Steve Liscoe of Fife Council. We would like to open the area in which it is located to have a proper investigation of it. We’ll also be excavating at the site(s) on the East Braes to search for the possible remains of a skeleton that was partially excavated 20yrs ago but had the lower half of the skeleton left in-situ and also the area of a 19th century gun range. The final week we will hopefully be excavating at Rennyhill Farm in Kilrenny.
The dates we have free to volunteer are as follows & are all in September:
Wednesday 7th – 4 places.
Thursday 8th – 2 places
Friday 9th – 2 places
Saturday 10th – 5 Places
Wednesday 14th – 7 places
Thursday 15th – 5 places
Friday 16th – 5 places
Saturday 17th -5 places
Wednesday 21st – 3 places
Thursday 22nd – 2 places
Friday 23rd – 3 places
Saturday 24th – 5 places
If you are interested please could you respond to my work email address that is: firstname.lastname@example.org. Stating your name, what days you can do and also with a contact number. You do not have to commit to full days if you cannot do them. The places left are on a ‘first come first served basis’ so if you are interested please get in there quick!
The excavations are open to all abilities. Unfortunately the youngest we can offer a place to is 14 yrs of age and all under 16’s must have a parent or responsible guardian present all day with them.
The first week we will have the Dreel Halls available for toilet facilities, and I’d like to take the chance to thank the Anstruther Improvement Association for the use, this is a huge help! The second week is more exposed on the East Braes and we will use the public toilet facilities located at the Golf Course car park.
Welfare facilities will be on site for the Rennyhill Excavation.
Next week we’ll meet at the Dreel Halls at 09:00 and for East Braes we will meet at the Golf Course Car Park at 09:00. I will confirm the Rennyhill meeting closer to the time. We will also be finishing at 16:00 each of the working days and we will provide the necessary kit
If you could bring a packed lunch and water and if the weather’s bad some wet weather gear and good sturdy boots that cover your ankles (walking boots are fine).
If I’ve missed anything, which I might well have done due to my small brain 🙂, please do not hesitate to contact via email.
Many thanks. Pete.