Category Archives: Projects

Traders Association

A new group has been formed to represent the businesses in Anstruther, Cellardyke, and Kilrenny.

TEAM ANSTER.  ( Together Everyone Achieves More ) .

At its inaugural meeting on 6th September over 18 businesses signed up and others have joined since.

The aim of the group is to promote Anstruther as the place to shop and do business. Every business is individual and offers something different from the corporate High Street.

To join the Group and help please e mail



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.


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.


Anstruther Model Solar System sees the light of day.

Observant folk will have noticed the series of bronzed plates that have appeared along Shore Street and elsewhere. These are the main components of the Anstruther Model Solar System, a true scale model of the Solar System. The Sun is at the Tourist Information Office (ie the old Sun Tavern) and the rest of the planets are spread out as far as Pluto, which is on a stone wall some 600 metres away on Dreelside. True scale means that the Sun, planets and the distances between them are all to the same scale.

Supporting leaflets are now being distributed and are available from the Tourist Information Office. The next major development in this project is to be an information display board on the Folly.

Further information from the Anstruther Town Centre Working Group.

— Norman Paterson


Three Burgh Cycle Route

Cycle meeting held on 26th August in the Dreel Halls.

Four officers from Fife Council covering Leisure, Transportation/Planning and Sustainable Travel and Locality matters, and representatives from Three Burghs Trust, the Community Council, Murray Library Trustees, Silverdykes Liaison Group, Silverdykes Caravan Park and local Fife councillors met to discuss cycle routes.

The aim of the meeting was to ensure the relevant officers within Fife Council are aware of the aim for a cycle route so that every opportunity is taken to maximise the chance to join areas within villages and eventually join villages of the East Neuk by safe cycle routes usable also by mobility scooters and prams etc.

It was agreed to try to work out a ‘desire route’ from Pittenweem to Anstruther, Cellardyke and through to Kilrenny, making sure there are safer routes to the primary school and to Waid Academy. This is to be worked up by the Council officers with basic costs so that a route can be presented for public consultation.

Once a route is agreed the best way to apply for funding will need to be worked up with a constituted body taking the project forward.

The next meeting is proposed in the last week in October – still to be confirmed.

Elizabeth Riches
Councillor for East Neuk and Landward