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March 2019 Community Council Minutes

Royal Burgh of Kilrenny, Anstruther & Cellardyke Community Council – March 11, 2019 – 7:30pm; Meeting called to order by Andy Peddie, Chair;

In Attendance

Lorna Jones, Gillian MacLaren, Gail Sorley, Murray Owen, Karen Owen, Ali McLeod, Susan Gay, Catherine Carter, Daryl Wilson, Andy Peddie, Elizabeth Smart (Rector), Linda Blacklaw (Parent Council) Cllr Doherty, Cllr Holt

APOLOGIES: Lindsay McKinstry, Kevin Lancaster, Alex Hay, Cllr Porteous, Amy Williamson

Approval of Minutes & Matters Arising

Minute approved by Gillian and seconded by Catherine

Daryl yet to submit change of signatory forms to RBS

No response yet from Haven re: defibrillator, although encouraging social media post to suggest location has been agreed?  Follow up required Andy

Daryl met with Johanna Willis alongside other local residents who had previously shown interest in wildflower meadow at Bankie Park.  Due to the budgetary requirements no meadow in Fife will this year receive annuals. Outcome of meeting is to remove large section of meadow at bottom of park (overrun with thistles and long grasses) and return to grass with a replacement area in front of Ladywalk/tennis court planted solely with wildflower seeds, no grass.  Area in front of fire station to remain this year as is. 

Input from Mrs Smart – Rector of Waid Academy & Waid Parent Council Chairperson

Mrs Smart highlighted the great work undertaken by the Murray Library Trust.  Several projects have been funded within the school by the Trust including art work exhibits in atrium, new PA system for PE department and Duke of Edinburgh resources. 

East Neuk Youth Work Planning and delivery group has resulted in SAMH workshops being delivered within school (3rd years)

Work currently undertaken to propose Waid as a potential hub for volunteering opportunities within the whole community.

Member of community recently complained to Waid about the poor state the grounds attached to the old Waid building (which is no longer the re-sponsibility of the new school).  However, this has been used as an oppor-tunity for group of students to carry out community work.  To date 16 bags of rubbish cleared from site, project is being photographed, monitored and has proven an effective way to involve residents, students and the school.

Recent work undertaken within school to assist Crail and Elie with their Charette planning.

5th years students are currently volunteering in Anstruther Primary School with the Big 5 Reading Initiative.

Every year Waid run the Youth Philanthropy Initiative whereby 3rd year students compete to present their chosen charity to the year group and staff.  Every year the winning charity is awarded £3000.

Saturday 23rd March is School Craft Fayre 10am – 11.30am all welcome to attend and support the students who will be selling their crafts/merch produced as part of the tenner challenge project (2nd years)

Waid is the first secondary school in Fife to be presented with the “Schools Digital Award”

Parking has been a major issue for the new school and the school has recently paid for new signage and barriers to try and improve the issue.  Work is still ongoing, although improvements have already been noted.  All incidents of irresponsible driving/parking will now be passed to police to deal with as a traffic offence.

Waid recently consulted with parents on changes to the timing of the school day.  Parents overwhelmingly voted to reduce the school week to 4.5 days, thus allowing Mrs Smart to save the required £88K from her budget as required.  There continues to be ongoing work with bus companies regarding proposals and once complete a final decision/announcement will be made.

Linda Blacklaw was introduced as Chair of Waid Parent Council.  Linda has strived to ensure PC is not just about baking cakes and making tea and over her 3 year reign is delighted to report a strong committed membership of 28 parents (minimum at a meeting in the previous year is 12).  Management and teaching staff are also attending regularly. External speakers are in-vited to each meeting to educate/inform members of ongoing initiatives. 
Waid Parent Council also have their own website up and running.

Linda is also working hard to improve links with cluster schools parent councils and is on a working group within Fife Council whose aim is to “engage parents”.

Mrs. Smart confirmed the Technical Dept. within the school are happy to collaborate with CC to design and build a coin drop to be located at Coop.

Secretary’s Report

Daryl read submission from PC Tetlow regarding the crime within the local community over the past month.

The cost to rent Waid as a more accessible venue for future meetings has been explored and is 3 times more expensive than current usual venue.  There are no discounts for Community Groups.  Cllr Doherty to investigate further on CC behalf as all agreed we do not have sufficient funds to justify cost increase.

Email sent this month to SGN re ongoing roadworks, closure of crossings, safe routes to school, accessibility to businesses, to date no response received.

Road fault at Caddie Burn (broken manhole cover) attempted to report via FC website, however continually crashing, further email sent to FC Transportation department, Cllr Holt advised cc to all councillors in future re all road fault reports.

Safer Communities information received re Spring Beach Clean, agreed to pass to Plastic Free Anstruther Group and highlight on social media

Treasurer’s Report

Bank Account as of 28/02/19 £56,863.34

Banked in March:  £3,289.89 from Team Anster, £310 from 13  local businesses for subscription to new website and donation from Metaflake.

Expenses pending – £14.85 hall hire for February

TeamAnster – £2,000 to pay for town maps and rest towards Christmas event.  Martin Dibley has been sent a receipt for transfer of funds.

Website – 12 further businesses have paid directly into bank (included in total for February)

Christmas party – expenses now submitted at £144.09 leaving deficit of £138.36

Lorna asked members if current £318.18 debt in current column for website should be cleared from funds and start afresh with new site and funding coming in, all agreed this was to happen as will be easier to account for in future.

Councillor’s Report

Councillor Holt read statement from Fife Council housing Department re proposals for future of Mayview Flats.  (Statement attached) Cllr Holt has been involved with the consultation process and was hopeful of a full report from Fife Council per her request, however only this short statement has been forthcoming.  More details should be produced within next few days before it goes to Committee on 20th March.  Cllr Holt explained Compulsory Purchase Orders can be made to owners of the flats and Fife Council have announced they will give every bit of financial assistance available to them, however they are constrained by law regarding totals amounts.  Cllr Holt suggested owners seek their own legal representation.

Cllr Doherty would like to thank and note the hard work by Lindsay McKinstry regarding the recent planning proposals for East Green.  All agreed Lindsay had excelled in her first task as our planning representative.  He also advised of a further consultation meeting being held by FHSCP re future redesign of the service on Wednesday 13th March at Cupar.


Item postponed due to Gillian’s early departure from meeting

Fundraising Ideas

As previously discussed CC will collaborate with Waid re: coin drop.

Murray suggested movie nights, however it was reported the AIA already offer this in the local vicinity.

Andy suggested hosting a coffee morning as a fundraiser and again advised we should be raising funds so we can assist the community with events etc.

Harbour / Planning Issues

In the absence of our reps for above issues, Daryl reported the harbour is currently undergoing some repairs, with the workers making use of the portacabin based in the East Pier car park.

Withdrawal of East Green planning application welcomed by all.

Feedback from Sub-groups

  • Floral: Ali to prune fruit trees within park and offer of help forthcoming from East Neuk Centre Youth Groups.  Date to be set by Andy for meeting within next week.
  • Murray Library Trustees: AGM recently held and all grant recipients attended, all gave short presentation on use of funds.  Very successful event.
  • Silverdykes Liaison: No meeting held, nothing to report.
  • Multi Use Path: Progress being made with senior transport/planning managers.  Ongoing work regarding future maintenance issues.  Kilrenny to Crail route is currently being explored with group and 3 landowners with possible changes to proposals to allow for safety concerns, new coastal route being explored.
  • Out of Hours: CC recently met with FHSCP re future design of Urgent Care and felt whilst our concerns and suggestions were noted, there is still no commitment to retaining St Andrews service.  Discussions involved Advanced nurse practitioners, urgent care practitioners, set times to see a GP, possible on call service.  Results of all these consultation meetings will form basis of working group to develop proposals on 20th March which will be put to IJB on 26th April.
  • East Neuk Community Council Forum: Represented by 4 members at recent meeting held in Pittenweem.  Talk was given by Kevin O Kane, Green Space Officer with Fife Council on Playpark strategy.  This could have consequences for future funding/maintenance of our playparks.  Further discussion to be held with SLC on this matter.
  • Social Media Group: Held meeting earlier today with Playfair and have agreed to go forth with their proposals to run/maintain website and social media accounts for a period of one year.  Unfortunately the alternative proposal from other interested party was received too late to consider.
  • To date there has been a great response rate from local businesses (40%), no follow up has yet been undertaken.  Daryl is to pursue this and begin inputting content to website.  Aim to be up and running by 1st April.
  • Discussion re logo and name, all agreed to remain with and Daryl will send logo (designed for Team Anster) to all as a starting point to suggest changes and all feedback will be given to Playfair who will redesign for our group.
  • Gail asked if server was renewed from previous website, Daryl will investigate.


Andy welcomed Murray Owen as a nominated member of our Community Council representing Waid Academy.

Ali reported the Scottish Fisheries Museum are to celebrate their 50th year and have approached Round Table for assistance with fireworks.

Lorna reported a broken road sign at Spalefields crossroads.  This has been reported several times however still no action.  Daryl to report again.  Karen reported broken sign at Mayview Road, she will take photos and send to Daryl who will report on behalf of CC

Scoonie Hill road closures have not been on Fife Direct website, worth reporting to them to keep their systems updated as impacts severely on our travel to and from East Neuk.

Meeting Closed at 9:10pm

Mayview Flats, Anstruther —

The flats at Mayview Avenue and Court were constructed circa1960 and consists of four five-storey blocks, comprising 44 flats in total.

There have been issues with allocating properties there for a number of years and turnover and refusals are higher than average. There are currently 22 vacant properties. In addition, there are estate management issues associated with the area and the physical condition of the blocks is of concern. External walls and stairwells have deteriorated in recent years and require considerable remedial work. In places, this damage is beyond economical repair .

Further to an Options Appraisal exercise in 2017, three revised regenera-tion options have now been identified: (1) Refurbishment of all 4 blocks; (2) Partial demolition of 3 blocks with 1 block retained; (3) Full demolition of all 4 blocks and up to 22 new council homes developed on the site.

A number of engagement sessions have been held with residents of Mayview flats and Elected Members. The majority view expressed has confirmed support for Option 3 — Full demolition. Also, since Dec. 2018, individual meetings with Housing Services staff, tenants and residents have begun. The meetings are designed to ensure that individual households can be provided with housing advice, housing options and information on their statutory rights to disturbance and home loss payments in the event that the North East Fife Area Committee agree to proceed with full demolition. Residents and owners will be supported throughout the process going forward.

A report outlining the options and seeking agreement to implement option 3 has been submitted for consideration by North East Fife Area Committee on 20 March 2019.

Further updates will be provided following Area Committee decision.

Helen Wilkie — Housing Manager North East Fife


Jan. 2019 Community Council Minutes

Royal Burgh of Kilrenny, Anstruther and Cellardyke Community Council — Monday 14th January 2019, 7.30pm | Meeting called to order by Chairman Andy Peddie;

In attendance: Andrews Peddie, Daryl Wilson, Lorna Jones, Gillian Maclaren, Lindsay McKinstray, Alec Hay, Don McKenzie, Karen Owen, Susan Gay, Kevin Lancaster, Alistair McLeod, Gail Sorley, Cllr. Linda Holt, Cllr. Bill Porteous, Cllr. John Docherty, three members of the public (Neil Anderson, David Own, Carol Maclaren); Apologies: Catherine Carter.

Approval of minutes: December minutes reviewed and proposed as an accurate record by Gail and seconded by Don.

Matters arising:

Bankie Park overnight parking signage- Cllr Docherty has pursued

Seaweed collection- Ali has arranged a meeting with Fife Council. Lorna reported that it was previously stated by Elizabeth Riches that the beach at Anstruther (Castle St) would be done as a matter of health and safety due to shops in the vicinity.

Traffic light timer (opposite car park at old Waid)- Cllr Docherty has reported and it has been attended to.

Refuse collection (apparent decrease in emptying of public bins) – Cllr Docherty has reported this.

Disabled parking space at Anstruther Town Hall- Cllr Porteous states that a site visit is to be arranged.

Questions from the public: No questions asked.

Andy states that community police were not attending meeting, RNLI were invited and will come to a future meeting as they will be in a better position to share information on plans for new lifeboat shed.

Secretary’s Report:

  • Disabled space at Anstruther Town Hall; email from a further member of public received seeking CC support. CC emailed Cllr Porteous 12.12.18 who in turn had previously entered communication with FC. Latest update was a meeting date was requested to hold site visit.
  • Road Faults: 12.12.18 reported fault on Pittenweem Rd at Dreelside traffic lights re:subsidence reported at December meeting. Response 18.12.18 ‘No defects identified which meet FC Safety Criteria at location given, however this site is inspected monthly.’
  • 12.12.18 reported missing Fisher Lass from sign on St Andrews Rd. Response 20.12.18 @Order issued to have sign replaced without Fisher Lass Picture. Do not have a print of this picture.’
  • Kevin suggested that Barnett’s bakery have a fisher lass on their logo and it may be possible to source image from there? Cllr Docherty suggested Fisheries museum may have a copy. Action: KL
  • 14.12.18- response from Alistair Drummond re: zebra crossing markings: ‘an order was issued to an external contractor last month to refresh this zebra crossing and also some of the other lining in the vicinity. The contractor does have a fair bit of work outstanding at the moment due to the weather but I will be meeting them next month and will raise this one with them. I have asked for this work to be carried out after 6pm, due to this being a busy location.
  • Recycling Centre Complaint: A response was received 19.12.18 with apologies for delay in replying due to finalising details of the pedestrian plan. New rules are being implemented 1st Jan to reduce risk of injury.  Cyclists welcomed if they adhere to the Highway Code. “Pedestrians are to be allowed entry via a booking system whereby access can be gained when the entrance gate is closed 15 minutes prior to lunch closure.  This is being trialled in Cupar at present and will be implemented in other Recycling Centres next month. Details will be added to our webpages, where there is also a copy of our new access policy.  To book pedestrian entry into a recycling centre, residents can email” — per Hayley Williamson, Environment Strategy Officer .
    After speaking to member of recycling centre staff, they were unaware of proposal as above (booking system) and indicated that it may be the case that pedestrian access is permitted in the 15 minute slot staff have to clear the site prior to lunch?
  • FURTHER ACTION REQUIRED? Need to publicise these changes to wider community via social media?? Ali attending meeting 17/1/19 re: changes. Action: AMcL
  • Training: application has been submitted for the following as per email requests:
    —Wed 23 rd Jan 6.30-8pm , Planning – Andy & Ali
    —Wed 30 th Jan 6.30-8pm, Com Engagement – Andy & Ali
    —Thursday 31 st Jan 2-3.30pm – Planning – Lindsay
    —Thursday 31 st Jan 6.30-8pm Governance – Daryl & Gillian
    Home address was required for application form so assume places and further info will be sent out via royal mail from FC.

Councillor’s Reports:

  • Cllr Holt: Tenant’s meeting to be held Wednesday 16 th January. NEF Federation of Tenants and Residents hoping to set up Anstruther wide tenants & residents association with support from FC. Cllr. Holt reported that a TA is very productive and effective as FC are obligated to send a housing officer to each meeting and action must be reported back at the following meeting. CC members agreed to help publicise this meeting and encourage attendance. Susan Gay will attend,
  • JE Shepherd marketing site by Fire Station. Will be for storage facilities?
  • Cllrs invited to a briefing on new proposed site for replacement care home on 15/1/19
  • Cllr Docherty: Cllr Docherty provided statistics around Winters Road Manager (number of gritters) and stated that they can be contacted through Fife Direct or by phone- 03451 555555 ext 85903. Action: Cllr. Docherty.
  • Cllr Porteous: Out of Hours Service- actively looking for stories from individuals about their experiences since the St Andrews service was closed/limited.
  • Sustrans- provided £837,000 to Fife Council last year which contributes to safer routes to schools. He encourages support from and for groups (e.g. MUP group) to ensure safer routes.
  • Mercat Cross: still awaiting reinstatement.
  • East Neuk Dook: very positive feedback. The group incurred expenses (insurance, license costs and Cllr Porteous queried if there was a way to recoup these monies for charity?
  • Charity event: Cllr Porteous participated in Movember raising support for several groups; a hearing dog for the deaf now being sponsored. He thanked everyone for their support.
  • Lorna reported that there was water pouring out of the door at the gents toilets near Cellardyke bathing pool. Cllr Docherty will report. Action: Cllr Docherty

Review of Christmas Events:

Party: Gail reported less children attended (39 children, 22 adults) and that age group was younger than previous years. Surplus supplies have been returned for refund where possible. Additional party bags ready for next year. Weather may have played a factor in lower attendance? Lindsay suggested that other events on at the same time may have been a contrib-uting factor. Financial report to be submitted. Action: GS
Parade: Andy recognized effort of Team Anster and CC and thanked those involved. Gail estimates 700 attended. Public feedback seemed positive. Karen suggested organisation starts June, will add to agenda for mid year. Gillian suggested that although on the whole successful, there are many lessons to be learned in order to make it a safe and organised event in future, issues such as location, performers and logistics of where paradestarts/ends etc need to be carefully considered. Andy proposed that the CC take a more active role from the outset to work with Team Anster for this year, and would offer CC support at the next TA meeting. General consensus was that this was a sensible proposition. Cllr Docherty advised that he is on the licensing board and offered assistance where necessary with guidance on planning future events. Action: DW, AP

Tree: tree and lights generously donated by The Waterfront and all agreed that this was a very welcome contribution to the community.
Karen suggested that there could be funding available for lights (on lampposts etc.) for future.
Discussion around insurance issues with the forklift for putting lights up and logistical issues which meant they couldn’t be used this year. Andy suggested LED lights may be an option and something for CC to consider and look at in more detail midyear.

Citizen of the Year:
This event is to be held in May. Nominations welcome for anyone in our community (must live within the KAC burgh) who is deemed to be an appropriate individual to receive this award. Proposal of an ‘Unsung Heroes’ celebration to acknowledge those who go above and beyond in the community to make it a safe and happy place to live. Presentation would be at a community event and could be a good way to engage with community. Will discuss further at future meeting.

Suggestions for fundraising sought. Ideas included coffee morning (AP), bag packing (LJ), car wash (Cllr Docherty). Andy shared example of a donation box in the form of a money cascade that the Coop would agree to go in the entrance area. Cost would be around £250-£400. Suggested folly would be ideal location for this but Coop could be good interim option. Discussion around whether the outlay is feasible, could a business sponsor it, could someone locally make one? Andy asked members to consider options so a decision can be made next meeting.

Parking at Anstruther Primary/Waid: Andy reported that he and Gillian had had a walkaround at drop off time to see source of many complaints
from school families. Congestion and inconsiderate parking posing issues. Position of disabled parking signage was misleading as it is positioned at the far side of the pavement, meaning drivers have parked on path. Lindsay suggested a drop off lane and Karen suggested removal of the planted area in the centre of the primary school car park would allow for more spaces. Other issues discussed: could half barriers at start of disabled access limit vehicles using this road unnecessarily? Electric box and position of signage at zebra crossing was not ideal. Ali suggested it would be useful to have data re: school travel plan and how staff get to work. Cllr Porteous will address concerns in an upcoming meeting with Waid rector and seek to meet with Primary HT, with view to arrange site walk with Fife Council, including community use. Community Council will seek to meet with Sodexo (own primary school and grounds), Alec will pass on contact
details. Action: AH, Cllr Porteous, AP, DW, GM

Planning Issues:

Site of old bus depot, Pittenweem Rd: planning for six houses passed, possible access for shared use path highlighted.
Coop: changes to path and parking.
Willow Care home: amendments to plans previously passed open for comment.

Harbour Issues: Don reported minibuses still visiting, estimates buses brought 4000-5000 visitors last year. Alec shared that the drivers have intimated hopes to increase from two to three buses per day. He asked whether more shops opening on Sundays would help encourage visitors.

Financial Report: Lorna confirmed that signatories were to be changed as this has not yet happened. Discussion around banking services provided by Post Office and will be investigated.
Balance: £57,103.37
Expenses paid since last meeting: £29.70 for hall hire and £140 to Brian Low, entertainment, both for Christmas party.
Collection from five floral tins of £90.47 to be banked.

Out of Hours Service, St. Andrews: Some CC members have attended meetings, and Andy attended the IJB meeting in December where the OOHS group presented to the board. The result of this is that there is to be a full review of all of the options to be undertaken by the executive. CC is to encourage public to share experiences since the St Andrews service closed to help strengthen the case put forward for NE Fife. Cllr Porteous reiterated that the geography of NEF is unique and cannot be altered, and decisions must take this into account.

Murray Library:
Meeting was held 11 January. Grant awarded to Waid PE Department towards portable PA system. M

Multi-Use Path Group:

Meeting held 11th January. Minutes attached.
—Dreelside- St Andrews Road, issues to be resolved
—speed cushions on Crail Rd going to committee this month
—Public consultation on signage to be arranged
—Kevin asked for solar studs previously acquired but not used to be brought to next meeting, Ali agreed to try to arrange this. Kevin requested recent Sustrans Survey (completed March 2018) and asked if Sustrans had
undertaken a case study regarding path near the school to garner what has/has not been successful. Kevin asked for update on Equality Impact Assessment, Ali indicated this was still on as a request. Kevin requested a
cost breakdown of option at Gray & Pringles as this had not been received. Andy agreed that this had been requested previously and would be useful to have a breakdown of costs. Barrier at Kilrenny section- Kevin asked MUP group to revisit this. Action: AMcL

Floral Group: Group will start to meet in March. Andy will be chairperson, Lindsay agreed to be secretary.


Dog fouling: Seasonal issue due to lack of light? Andy asked for suggestions how to combat this issue. Alec suggesting power to give out fines given to wardens may be a deterrent. Cllr Porteous suggested a rota for wardens so people know when they will be in the area would be helpful. Andy suggested the dog warden was invited to a CC meeting. Action: DW

Grafitti: Kevin asked if the artists could be focused more positively, perhaps an opportunity to engage them in something in the community? Cllr Porteous will pursue the graffiti being removed. Action: Cllr. Porteous

Sea defences at Cellardyke coastal path: Kevin reported that these are in a state of disrepair, Lorna confirmed that this was reported to FCCT last year. Cllr Holt to pursue.

Archiving of CC minutes: Kevin asked if there had been clarification if minutes were stored by FC. Daryl confirmed FC do not require them to be sent to them or archived. Cllr Porteous will speak to Beth Flynn as it was felt they are an important source for future research. Action: Cllr Porteous

Access for Barnett’s bakery: Andy informed members that CC permission was sought to allow access to unadopted land for connection to utilities for new building. CC members agreed this was reasonable and that the land should be reinstated to correct standard once works completed. Action: AP

Waid representatives: Andy stated that there are two Waid pupils interested in being co-opted CC members. Andy is still pursuing possibility of future meetings being held at Waid and will email Mrs Smart, new rector. Action: AP/DW
Change to school day (secondary) consultation: Daryl advised that the options being considered were to change the timing of school day to finish at 3pm some days or a lunch time finish on a Friday. Discussion on how either would impact community: pupils waiting lengths of time for buses, impact on local businesses if pupils not purchasing lunch on a Friday, con- gestion of both primary and secondary children exiting at same time? Cllrs all expressed interest in keeping involved in progress and Cllr Holt sug-gested contacting press. Daryl to forward consultation to Cllrs. Action: DW Cemetery fence: Alec highlighted the state of repair of the fence at the cemetery, alongside the bus parking area at old Waid. Cllr Porteous will pursue. Action: Cllr Porteous

Next meeting: Monday, Feb. 11, 2019;

Notes from meeting with Fife Council on 11 January  2019 at the Murray Studios
Present:   Mark Methven; Elizabeth Riches, Carl van der Lee and Gerald Cooper (GC).
Apologies:   Ian B Smith, Gillian Clarke and Ali Macleod.

  1. Pittenweem Road – MM will send large TM plan showing speed warning signs etc to GC. ER has recently written to Douglas Turner who says he will get back to us shortly, once they have dealt with the confidential matter which will need to be completed first. Pittenweem CC (Peter Mills) has written to request a meeting with GC, initially, to discuss the impact on Pittenweem.
  2. Dreelside to St Andrews Road –
    Metaflake new site frontage – Licence to Occupy being issued (to both parties) which will endure until section of path is adopted. Legal/-Estates progressing . MM to send plan through to St Andrews Road, including reversion to north side at Barnett’s. Once agreed, a second Licence to Occupy will be arranged. Hope to be able to progress this scheme, fairly quickly, up to entrance near the Co-op as a first stage. GC to discuss practicality with Gemma.
    Barnett’s – alignment now switched back to the north side. Scottish Power advised that they still await their own Title Checks before the wayleaves can be agreed.  Estates will continue to chase Scottish Power for a response.
    Co-op – road and paths not adopted. Gillian to check ownership and ask for meeting with the Co-op. ER also tried to make contact with Co-op Estates Manager. We need to show access and safety benefits to Co-op of amending entrance and widening footway, creating crossing etc.
    St Andrews Road – MM to look at east side of St Andrews Rd (plus Toucan) as an alternative to the problems on the west side with the wall, width, trees, car park etc. Now looking at west side again, but will need to consult on impact on trees etc. MM to speak Alan Bissett about replacements.
    East Neuk Campervans – now on hold awaiting above.
  3. Gray & Pringle – MM provided cost breakdown (for KACCC).
  4. Waid cyclepath to Bankie Park –JF has consulted school co-ordinator. Marta awaiting pTC. IS to chase up. Marta, then headmaster if required. No change.
  5. Crail Road 20mph – MM has provided cost estimate for C’ttee. Scheme now includes red strips at approaches. One objection to speed cushions.
  6. Bankie Park – northern ramp and additional signs ongoing MM/AB. Yellow collapsible bollard replaced.
  7. March Place and Mayview Avenue – advisory cycle lanes have been installed. Shared path sign missing
  8. Cycle crossings at 6 locations.  Include in future consultations. GC has started a Community Links Application and will work more on it. AM setting up meeting with Tim. MM to send ideas of artwork from Gemma. Nb Green Gym would be from a different source of funding.
  9. Church Link barriers and lighting.  Still awaiting FC to replace. Payment should be by FC since original barriers were not fitted as per spec. MM to chase up Kenny re Muir’s permission re lighting. Hope- fully in next 2 weeks. Cyclepath signs to be added to future lampposts.
  10. Designated Cyclepaths – Overgrown section off Windmill Road has been sorted.
  11. Windmill Road to Kilrenny  – MM keeping an eye on poor standard of finish. Also to speak Gemma re impact of dilapidated bus stop and loose tiles etc, and possibility of replacing with new Perspex shelter. MM to supply details for scheme completion boards. CL asked about absence of field fence along eastern section. Wasn’t included in present scheme. Later discussed with Craig Peddie who said that he didn’t keep livestock in that field, and that he didn’t see any need for continuous fence.
  12. Kilrenny to Crail Feasibility Report – Still awaiting feedback from IS from 6 th September email. MM to provide distances and costs etc. MM sought Gemma’s advice about alternative bypass of hill. Gemma not happy that the alternative doesn’t meet Sustrans standards. GC to discuss further with Gemma and any other possible solution eg.
    traffic management. GC to liaise with G Clarke re FAQs for land-owners – ongoing. Gillian also to provide details of land ownership of triangle of land on north side of A917 entering Crail, east of Kirkmay Farm.
    12a. Progression of the above feasibility Report is currently held up awaiting a solution to an agreed maintenance plan. GC to send info on maintenance requirements to MM to identify the 10 year cost. ER to seek (information on) gritting of existing completed sections of new cyclepaths.
  13. LED, signing and lining contracts – FC and Gemma not happy to con-tinue edge white lines throughout network. GC to include in consul-tation along with other symbols. Red LEDs still not working. MM has spoken with manufacturer, who would replace them. But we need something that will work. Alternative bought flashing LEDs to be installed on each section asap.
  14. Signposting – include in consultation. MM providing large plan.
  15. Costs to be checked in light of recent contract, and updated when required. We also still require an update on monies spent, monies available, and monies required in next 12 months – IS.
  16. Cyclepath provision for planning applications –IS to sort at meeting with Planners on 19 th December. Feedback?
  17. Cycle events – GC provided presentation at Cycling Networking Night on Weds 28 th Nov at Fife Cycle Park. Interest shown in Bike Swaps. GC also attending Raising the Standards Day at Dundee on 23 rd January.
  18. Land update – see above.
  19. AOCB –Pump track – GC to send info to MM to liaise with Alan Bissett re design for Dreelside, as part of Innovation. GC to seek AB’s advice on design.
    Equalities Impact Assessment – required for new routes, including Windmill Road to Kilrenny before grant claims are paid out. MM completing his bit and passing to IS.
    Accessibility Audit – to be included for in next Sustrans application.
    Future (12 month) Applications to Sustrans – GC to pursue.
    Project Plan – IS to send basic plan to GC, including spend information. Outstanding.
    Paper plans – MM to provide for Windmill Road to Kilrenny, and Pittenweem Road. Also 2 wall plans covering Pittenweem to Kilrenny.
  20. DONM – Tuesday 19 th February 2019 at Bankhead, 1.00 – 3.00 pm, subject to IS availability.


Feb.2019 Community Council Minutes

Monday 11th February 2019, 7.30pm — Meeting called to order by Chairman Andy Peddie

Attending: Andy Peddie. Lorna Jones, Gillian Maclaren, Lindsay McKinstray, Catherine Carter, Susan Gay, Ali McLeod, Karen Owen, Cllr Porteous, Cllr Docherty, Cllr Holt. Two RBS reps, one member of the public.

Apologies: Daryl Wilson, Kevin Lancaster, Alec Hay, Don McKenzie, Gail Sorley, PC Tetlow.

Minutes of last meeting, and matters arising:
Treasurer report- hall hire for CC meetings, not Christmas party; Damage to coastal path wall reported two years ago, not last year; Minutes proposed by Lindsay and seconded by Lorna; Matters arising dealt within secretary’s report; Lorna stated that the leak at the toilets near Cellardyke bathing pool had been attended to.

Royal Bank of Scotland representatives: Andy welcomed Chris (community banker for North Fife) and Alan (Mobile van customer service manager) and thanked them for attending. Following on from a consulta-tion session held earlier in the year, Chris had taken on board feedback and explored issues raised. He indicated that he hoped this coming year would see him more present in the community. Alan stated that regular customers at the van (25-30 per week) were satisfied with the service as it is and it was not busy enough to warrant a return to the twice weekly visit from the mobile banking van. Both were keen to share information about services that can be provided at Post Office and encourage customers to use this service where possible. Changes late last year mean payments using debit cards at Post Office are processed instantly whereas pay in books take longer. There are plans to roll out an electronic service to pay in cheques via mobile app, work ongoing.

CC members commented that communication with the community needs to be better and this is something Chris is keen to take forward. He is actively looking for locations to use which are accessible to all. Andy asked Alan to revisit the option of having the mobile banking van more centrally at the folly. CC members accept there are connectivity issues but think the location would be better than the current one if these issues could be addressed.

Chris acknowledged that the two cash machines in the town are both the same supplier so if one goes down, both do. Option to get cashback (up to £50) at Co-op and there is an additional ATM in A&A stores (fee levied?) too. Alan suggested that any local business who would like to look into possibi-lity of having an RBS ATM within their business should make contact directly with him in the first instance so feasibility can be explored.

Questions From the Public: No questions from the public.

Martin Dibley told the group that Team Anster (local business group) did not have enough office bearers to continue at this stage. Cllr Holt has emailed traders seeking support and volunteers. As Team Anster has two ongoing projects (map in leaflet form and static maps located centrally) Martin queried whether a sub group of CC should be tasked with taking this forward. Andy suggested that it would be advisable to wait for local traders to respond and show willing to be on a group first. It was agreed that Martin should forge ahead with getting the maps printed at this stage as the funds were there for it and the work was already underway. Cllr Holt asked which businesses should be on the map; in order to promote the town as a destination, the response was that all businesses should be listed. Martin indicated the Harbour Festival committee had committed to undertake distributing maps across Scotland and it was agreed that there was a need for the maps to be distributed further afield this year. Plan would be that the map and website should run alongside each other in future years as an online presence is required. Cllr Porteous commented that 2020 is the ‘Year of Coast and Water’ and that provided opportunity for links with Visit Scotland. 10,000 maps produced last year and same planned for this year. £1600 allocated to this from Team Anster funds. Andy suggested that due to lack of treasurer, Team Anster funds should be held by CC and ringfenced, this was agreed. ACTION: Martin Dibley

Martin also indicated that the East Neuk Community Council meeting will take place 27 February at New Town Hall, Pittenweem and is open to all CC members and the public. Agenda items include Out of Hours Service update, Cemeteries, 20mph limits and a rep from Fife Council to talk about new playpark strategy. Refreshments provided.

Report from Community Police: PC Tetlow sent her apologies along with a report. There have been 11 crimes reported in the Anstruther area in the last six weeks, including concern for person, road traffic matters etc. Community police have been present at Waid and primary school at start/end of school day in response to complaints about parking and speeding. ‘Pop up bairns’ (signs) will be utilized soon too. Leaflet drop carried out in Mayview area before Christmas with contact details to report concerns but as yet there has been no responses. Shift patterns due to change shortly to allow for more evening and weekend patrols. Any concerns should be forwarded to the community police. Lorna queried skip at top of Rodger St and difficulties it is posing for drivers at roundabout.

Secretary’s Report:

Skeith Medical Centre: letter sent re: concerns over availability of appointments. Response received 9/2/19 highlighting issues and steps taken to alleviate problems. Calls can now be made from 2pm in the afternoon and appointments made for up to one week in advance. GPs continue to have increased workload due to restructure of health care and the resources and support have not been matched. This is a nationwide issue and there is real possibility that GP vacancy created by upcoming retirement may not be filled. CC acknowledge that the GPs and staff are working very hard but are very stretched and appreciate that they are taking steps to continually review and assess/improve service. Copy of letter to be shared via social media. Action: DW/GM

Damaged sea defences at Kilrenny Mill: Coastal team leader Robbie Blyth undertaken further site visit (1/2/19) and advises gabion baskets installed approx. 15 years ago by contractors on behalf of Scottish Water to facilitate safe access to the assets just beyond the site, however they do not own the land. Currently awaiting more correspondence from Scottish Water before matter can be taken forward. website: Letter sent to 125 businesses based in the burgh inviting them to participate in new website at cost of £20 per year. To date, approx. 10 completed applications already received and others will be given a period of time before being followed up. Action: DW, GM

Governance: Fife Council (8/2/19) to email all CCs with handouts re: governance issues as per training held centrally. Topics include role of office bearers, expectations of CC, order of meetings, complaints procedures etc. Daryl will forward to all and requests that all CC read through these prior to next meeting. Three members have declaration forms still to return and must do so as a matter of urgency.
Action: DW, all CC members

Roadworks: email sent to local councilors to advise CC concerns re: lack of strategic overview concerning ongoing SGN roadworks, planned road repairs to Cunzie St, Burial Brae and the impact this is having on community, safe routes to school etc.

Three transactions totaling £294.34 this month; flower bulbs (Ali McLeod) and two payments to Pathhead from items purchased last year.

Urgent Care Design (NHS): Email received from FH&SCP requesting date to meet with CC. Action: GM to propose Tuesday 19th/Tuesday 26th at 7.30pm

Treasurer’s Report: Balance at end Jan £56,809.03 Mileage claim of £92.40 to G Cooper for Multi-Use Path group meetings and workshops.
ENCT £112.20 for hall hire (CC meetings and Christmas party). Cost breakdown from Gail re: Christmas party expenditure to come. Forms to change signatory on bank account have been sourced. All agreed to remove A Banks as signatory and Daryl Wilson to be new signatory added. Action: DW to complete forms

Councillor’s Reports:

Cllr Holt shared response from Fife Council re: roadworks. She will reply asking for more notification and to highlight areas yet to be completed (East Forth St).

Tenants and Residents Association meet Wednesday 20th February and hope to form a committee. This is open to all of the local community, not just council tenants and participation encouraged.

Cllr Porteous Met with FC re: request for disabled parking aby at Anstruther Town Hall. FC agreed this can go ahead and Cllr Porteous will continue to monitor this. FC stated that ENC private land so they have no jurisdiction over whether an additional disabled bay is allocated.

Mercat Cross update: stone mason in final stages of carving griffin and should be returned to depot 8/2. Further repairs underway and expect Mercat Cross to be reinstated mid March although no confirmation of date as yet.

FC have issued recycling information booklets to households regarding new rules for what can go in each bin.

Cllr Porteous shared copy of St Monans and Abercrombie Community Action Plan. Andy indicated that this is something our CC should be looking to pursue and will require work of all members. Cllr Holt shared example of Crail charrette, and how they are working closely with FC planning developers. Crail have drop in and workshops planned for Wed 13th February, all welcome. Cllr Porteous shared that some East Neuk communities were awarded grants of £25, 000 under the Scottish Govt. ‘Making Places’ initiative, and there was discussion of funding sources to go towards external facilitators if that was an avenue our CC chose to explore.

Cllr Porteous highlighted that there was a possibility the stretch of Multi Use Path from The Spindrift to Pittenweem has scope to be completed in 2019 but needs volunteers to push this forward. He will assist his and encourages volunteers.

Cllr Docherty: Cllr Docherty has undertaken training with ‘Dementia Friends Scotland’ and is happy to assist any residents who may benefit from support.

Murray Owen has been elected as Waid rep for CC and will be attending future meetings. He has already planned a forum to gain opinions of peers prior to next CC meeting.

Cellardyke Harbour: Defibrillator — Gillian from First Responders contacted CC to say a member of the public was fundraising for a defibrillator to be located near Cellardyke harbor and sought assistance of CC in finding a suitable location. Must have electricity supply. CC members queried whether planning permission was required and who would be responsible for maintaining it? Suggestion of locations included The Haven. CC to write to Haven owners to seek opinion on whether they would agree to a defibrillator. being located on their building and provide electricity. Action: DW

Planning Issues:
Mayview house/Fire Station– planning for dwelling house and access. No concerns raised. South Waid– alteration to number of apartments within footprint. No concerns raised. East Green: Planning application for 12 flats in a three storey building. CC have requested to be statutory consultees. Members present felt the plans were not sympathetic and in keeping with the style and area, were too high and did not have adequate parking for planned occupancy. CC members encouraged to look at plans and forward feedback to Lindsay to collate response. Action: all members, LMcK

Representation from Other Groups:

OOHS: next meeting 20th February, Andy, Gillian and Daryl unable to attend but will get feedback from others. CC to contact Urgent Care review re: date to meet, either 19/26 February. Action: GM

Social media group: Website review ongoing and planning to meet with two separate developers to in order to make informed decision about moving forward with new site (James Glen/Playfair).

Murray Library Trust: Annual Public meeting will be held 5 March at 7pm. Will likely comprise of a presentation of the start of regeneration process to now and Q&A session. All welcome. Next group meeting Friday 15/2.

Grant given to Waid Art Department for banners to display artwork, these are now in the atrium and are very effective.

Floral group: Lindsay and Andy met with Kate Anstruther from AIA; she is keen to apply for Co-op grant and will do so when applications open. Ali met with FC rep re: bulb and tree planting and all agreed it would be good for groups to work closely and will be good t provide opportunities for community involvement. Susan asked if there was anything planned for wildflower meadow at Bankie Park. Lindsay explained that the group involved with this (Bugslife) had been disappointed that FC had not main- tained the area as per the agreement and assurances had been given that the area would be better this year. Lindsay will speak to Sarah Highes who dealt with Bugslife last year during Keep Bankie Park Green campaign. Cllr Docherty happy to support with encouragement to FC if required. Next meeting will be March, date tbc. Action: LMcK

Multi Use Path group: Group continues to liaise with FC to pursue outstanding issues. All acknowledge that this is a lengthy and somewhat frustrating process.

Silverdykes Liaison committee: meeting held 7/2/19

2. Matters Arising

Cellardyke whalebones:  in the possession of the Fisheries Museum, who hoped to be able to obtain cast copies for display in the museum at an estimated cost of c. £51000.  The committee decided to await developments and further progress by Malcolm MacDonald on his proposal.

Dreelside Playpark:  a formal proposal was still awaited.  Alan Bisset would investigate.  The committee were meantime broadly in favour of the concept.

Kilrenny War Memorial Access:  Alan and Dorothea had met with Sarah Johnstone, Fife Council Access officer to discuss options for disabled access, re a pending proposal from Dorothea. A red blaise  type path is feasible, between the memorial and the access to the private Silverdykes  holiday park access  road. Glenn explained that this is a new private  road, and not to be confused with the right of way path, known as the Waur Path, behind Pickford Crescent.  The owner, Andrew Peddie, would be consulted prior to any further action by Alan/Sarah

4.  Community proposals for use of Section 75 funds: An updated schedule of expenditure and allocations was issued by A Bisset.  The only update was that £800 had been paid for the completed designs for the information boards, which were now in the possession of Fife Council.

Application pending approval:-

Anstruther Harbour Telescope: No further progress had been reported.  The chairman observed that unless some progress was reported soon on this, the committee should consider reallocating the reserved funds.

Projects Update:

Cellardyke Information Boards:   As above. Alan was proceeding with obtaining tenders for the manufacture and installation of the boards.

Old Dreel Burn Ford Crossing: A proposal for developing an information/picnic area on common ground adjacent to the crossing has been received from the Allotment Group, and received an initial discussion.  £20,000 was being requested.  The committee were broadly in favour of the suggestion, but suggested a site visit and more detailed plans for the next meeting.  The chairman had made it clear that any new proposals received before the payment of the final tranche of £100,000 could only receive provisional support from the SLC.

Community Consultation on the final tranche: Various ways of inspiring provisional proposals from the community for the final tranche of £100,000 will be explored:  social media, press article, posters, letters, etc were suggested.  A news item would be placed on the website – though this was known to be under re-development.  Action:  GJ

Crawhill Woodland Path – Bridges: Bridges 2 and 3:  the chairman had discussed with Robbie Blyth his proposals for replacing the bridges with stepping stones, and was awaiting progress.  Alan agreed to liaise with Robbie on this.

5.Issues relating to work on the Silverdykes Development: Silverdykes Play Park:  Daryl had forwarded complaints from a resident about the condition of this new facility.  These had been previously circulated to the committee.  Issues cited  included   insufficient painting of redwood fencing, some post caps with only one nail or screw now on the ground, leaning trees, dead trees  and mixed densities of trees.  Some parts of the fence were apparently missing.  The chairman had asked David for his comments.   

Date of next meeting:  4th April 2019 at 18.15 in Cellardyke Lower Town Hall.

AOCB: no matters arising.

Date of next Community Council meeting: Monday 12th March, 7.30pm. Venue TBC

Meeting closed 9.35pm


Waid Hosts Kirkcaldy Orchestra Concert

In March 2019, the Kirkcaldy Orchestral Society breaks new ground with a concert in Anstruther and members are looking forward to performing in The Waid Academy on Friday 22nd March at 7.30pm.

The Orchestra has been welcomed to The Waid Academy by the Rector and Community Use and the players will be excited to have a large audience to appreciate their efforts.

The year’s theme has programme content based on music connected to theatre, stage, films and the written word. The March concerts programme includes The Yeomen of the Guard Overture, the Radio 4 UK Theme, music by Eric Coates and also features a special violinist, Alison Miller from Lundin Links and a former pupil and Head Girl of The Waid Academy. She will play the Saint-Saens Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso and some other short pieces. The programme will also feature the first performances of a new piece ‘Paragon of Vice’ written by Isobel Grieve, a sixth year student at Madras College and who was invited to write for the orchestra after her successful involvement in the KOS Composition project last March.

Tickets for are available from members of the Orchestra and by phoning Maureen on 07770 332812.


Visit East Neuk Tourist Meeting Well Attended and Informative

Visit East Neuk’s highly anticipated pre-tourist-season business meeting  this past Wednesday (Feb. 20) was a well-attended event at Bowhouse (St. Monans), with an enthusiastic audience on the night.  Attendees had the chance to learn more about the business group, and the evening’s entry fee included a years’ membership in Visit East Neuk.

“Visit East Neuk” is the new name of the East Neuk Local Tourism Association which aims to work with East Neuk visitor-facing businesses interested in developing themselves further by growing their customer base, increasing marketing outreach, and building a successful recognition factor. 

Roger Brown, Chairman of the group, touched on some changes in his opening remarks including supporting the information kiosk at Anstruther Harbour, a new website, more activity on Instagram, collaborating with tourism efforts in Dundee and St. Andrews, increasing the number of committee members so there is now representation from various area villages, increasing the meeting frequency schedule, and increasing outreach/interaction with groups such as Visit Scotland and the Fife Tourism Partnership. 

Short presentations were given by guest speakers: Alex Gardner spoke about the Information Kiosk he manages along with his Isle of May Ferry business at Anstruther Harbour; Rosie Jack gave a brief history of how Bowhouse came into being and how it is firmly involved in regional farming and “good food” activities;  Cllr. John Docherty gave a succinct and informative overview about government support and changes which benefit small businesses involved in tourism; Caroline Warburton relayed the help, support, and business-enhancing programs VisitScotland provides just a mouse-click away; and John Murray of Fife Tourism Partnership explained how the research and surveys FTP conducts can be accessed and used by businesses to take the pulse of the tourism market, helpful when planning for the future.  Gavin Sime wound up the presentations as he spoke about social media and the best ways to make it work for you and your business. Among a wealth of information Gavin has his own video blogging programs, and knows social media inside and out.

Mill House, the in-house catering service for Bowhouse, provided a tasty buffet with a variety of hot/cold dishes, sandwiches, and wraps which were enjoyed during the evening as people caught up with those they knew, or met new colleagues for the first time.V


Visit East Neuk AGM Held

The local tourism association for the East Neuk – Visit East Neuk – recently held its AGM at Bowhouse, St Monans.  The Chairman – Roger Brown – reported on the past year’s activities which included: continuing support for the information kiosk at Anstruther Harbour, strengthening the management committee with additional members and holding more frequent meetings, operating the association on a membership basis, becoming a member of Food from Fife, and working with a consultant to map out the future direction for the association.  Office bearers elected were: Roger Brown (Chair), Alex Gardener (Vice Chair), Andy Peddie (Treasurer), Gail Sorley (Secretary).   Committee members are: Cllr John Doherty (Fife Council), Rosie Jack (Bowhouse), Sophie Latinas (Pittenweem), Lachlan McLaren (Elie), Gordon Bell (St Monans), Caroline Rodger (Crail), Roy Giles (Anstruther), Caroline Warburton (Visitscotland).


Tourism Business Meeting @Bowhouse on Wed, 2/20

Food tourism is a new and major attraction for people visiting the East Neuk area. Which is why the Visit East Neuk Feb. 20 tourism-business meeting takes place at Bowhouse (near St. Monans), which replaces a missing link in the local food chain and enhances the regions’ agricultural offerings.  

The meeting, 6:45pm-9:30pm (approx), has different speakers updating guests about tourism developments in the East Neuk and Fife. Gavin Sime, Social Media expert, video blogger and main speaker, will explain why tourism businesses should use SM, how to make it work for you, and what the benefits can be.  The £10 entry (cash/credit card at the door) includes coffee/tea/buffet, and a year’s membership in Visit East Neuk (aka the East Neuk Local Tourism Association on Facebook).  Attendees can bring business cards/fliers/brochures/sales pieces (in quantity) for display and take-away by other attendees for their clients/guests. RSVP by Feb.18 EOB to:


Visit East Neuk Brainstorms For Future

Visit East Neuk (formerly East Neuk Local Tourism Association) committee members are brimming with new ideas for helping area businesses work with tourism visitors. Ceri Ritchie, the Sector Manager for Food and Drink at SAC Consulting, led the discussion on Visit East Neuk’s aims/objectives and improving plans for its future direction. VEN’s main goal is to be a credible, informative organisation offering resourceful and innovative thinking to its’ members in particular, and the East Neuk tourism industry in general. The Cocoa Tree Cafe in Pittenweem (FB Cocoa Tree Cafe or @PittenweemChoco) kept the brain-stoming fuelled up with delicious hot chocolate — their specialty! — and snacks. Come along to our pre-tourist-season meeting on 20th February at Bowhouse, St. Monans, to hear all about it! RSVP and get more details at