The Battle to Keep Bankie Park As a Park has moved another step forward as Stephen Gethins, MP for this area, notified Anstruther area residents that he’s holding a parliamentary surgery to listen to the concerns they have concerning the future of the park.
The surgery takes place Friday, July 6, at 1 pm in Bankie Park itself.
Area residents are up in arms as Fife Council began releasing information that a new 36-bed care home may be sited on Bankie Park land, replacing the aging, current Ladywalk House. According to Fife Council, the play park area and other park amenities would be left undisturbed, while Ladywalk House would be demolished and returned to parkland .
While the proposal is still in consultation and review stages, more than 1300 signatures were obtained on a petition challenging this redirection of Bankie Park. To sign the petition, go to: firstname.lastname@example.org: Save Our Parkland – Keep Bankie Park Green” which is on the Change.Org website. Another contact to send along comments and feedback is: Vivienne.McBride@fife.gov.uk
Critics of this change to Bankie Park include MSP Willie Rennie and Stephen Gethins, MP for North-East Fife. Mr. Rennie thought, “…it [is] supremely ill-judged to organise a consultation about development on a park when the families that use it most are probably are on holiday….Bankie Park is well used and cherished by people in Anstruther and there is real anxiety about the plans for Ladywalk House.”
This initial consultation process continues until Friday, July 27, and the public are encouraged to make their feelings known before this deadline date. Proposals for the new care home can be viewed at Anstruther Town Hall and Library, the East Neuk Centre, the Waid Community Campus, the Dreel Halls and the Anstruther Post Office.