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TeamAnster

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.

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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 ansteractivities@aol.com if you’re interested in participating.

 

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Cycleways

Pittenweem-Anstruther-Cellardyke-Kilrenny Cyclepath

 

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 Cyclepath 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.

Background.

4 years ago we met with the East Neuk Community Council Forum with representatives from each of the CC’s in the East Neuk.

 

Aim.

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.

 

Purpose.

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.

 

Description.

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.

 

Funding.

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.

 

Progress.

Section Status
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 Awaiting land negotiations
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; we are awaiting completion of land negotiations on the Pittenweem and Kilrenny sections; and existing sections will be upgraded with signing and lining.  We are currently about 12 months into a 2 year programme of works.

 

Other Proposals.

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 maintauined 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 are currently awaiting completion of 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.

 

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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 teamanster76@gmail.com

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Anstruther traders association

Calling all business owners in Anstruther, Cellardyke or Kilrenny.

A new business association is being formed on 6th September in the Burgh Chambers Anstruther Town Hall to represent the views of ALL Traders and businesses and to promote our Town as the place to come for Shopping and good food, and a lot more besides.

 

Please come along and play your part.

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