COMMUNITY COUNCIL CHAIRMAN’S REPORT 2014/15
2015 is Dalgety Bay's Golden Jubilee Year and the Jubilee Committee set up last Autumn, has coordinated and planned a number of events during the year to hopefully, suit the whole community. These events are contained in an events calendar shown on our website at http://www.dalgetybay.org.uk and advertised in the Diary, also in the Library and on our notice board outside Tesco's. Thanks go to the volunteers who have given up their time to serve on the Committee.
Dalgety Bay Foreshore Radiation
The events, reports and correspondence have been placed on our website www.dalgetybay.org.uk to keep the community informed as developments occur. SEPA and the MOD have agreed to attend our Community Council meetings every other month to report on progress, now that the MOD have finally accepted responsibility for the contamination. Following the MOD's Management Strategy issued last summer and approved by the Community Council after a public meeting held last July, they have appointed a contractor to design and execute the remediation works which are planned to be completed by 2018. On this result, we have been grateful for the parliamentary assistance given to us by the Rt Hon Gordon Brown, former prime minister and MP. for our town. Monthly monitoring of the foreshore continues.
I am able to report the following on major planning matters that have occurred over the last year;
This was finalised and approved by Fife Council at the end of last year and following our submission the housing proposals for Barns Farm and Spencerfield (as a result of the Scottish Reporter's decision following the Public Inquiry)have been removed from the plan.
Barns Farm Housing Proposal
Further to the removal of the housing proposals, Persimmon Homes who have an option to buy the land from Shell for housing, have objected to its removal from the FifePlan and this will be part of the examination of the plan by the Scottish Government this year. Persimmon Homes have since issued a Planning Application Notice (PAN) for housing development on the site and held a limited public consultation and this has resulted in the Community Council organising two public meetings in March where there was a repeat of unanimous opposition to any housing development on the fields. These public meetings have amounted to 4 in total since Shell first attempted to sell the land in 2010 for housing development.. Along with the Rt Hon Gordon Brown and Alex Rowley MSP, I travelled to London at the end of March for a meeting with Mr Erik Bonino, Chairman of Shell UK who agreed to put the sale of the farmland on hold to enable them to reassess the situation and speak to their partners.
Western Gateway Development
This Planning Proposal in Principle (PPP) by Scarborough Muir received approval by Fife Council at the end of last year. There appears to have been a change in some detail which require attention.
Fulmar Way Housing Planning Application
Problems with accessing the site requires further attention by Fife Council officers before submitting the application to their Committee
We await a further application from Springfield Properties for commercial/housing on this site which is next to the Recycling Centre.
Maxwell Building opposite Asda
Negotiations for the sale of the site to Fife Council and its demolition are continuing as part of the Regeneration process for the Industrial Estates.
St Davids Harbour Development
Nothing further to report.
Community Council Town Centre Land
A pathway is being surfaced across Community Council land by the Community Payback Squad. The Civic Space proposal is to be progressed.
On other matters WE HAVE
In the last Financial Year we have grant aided the following organisations and causes to a total of £4936 from Fife Council's Participatory Budget and £1580 from the Community Council
See Treasurer's Report for details.
In addition, subscriptions were made to:
The Scottish Rights of Way Association
Children’s competitions in the Diary
Forth Estuary Forum
and we have
again provided the Christmas Lighting in Regents Way.
provided projects to Fife Community Service for Offenders.
in “The Beautiful Fife Campaign 2014” achieved (for the first time) a silver gilt award for Dalgety Bay and a again a bronze award for Hillend. It is our expectation to improve on this during our Jubilee Year with the help of other organisations.
continued to make representations to Scotrail, Fife Council and Stagecoach on changes to rail and bus services
we have kept up our links with Ocsa in Hungary and as appropriate in our Jubilee year, we will be signing a Twinning Agreement with them by travelling to Ocsa with the Depute Provost of Fife Council later this month and we have arranged a return visit of their representatives to Dalgety Bay this September.
We have also continued our membership of the following;
Mossmorran and Braefoot Bay Liaison and Safety Committee and their Independent Air Quality Group, Muirdean Environmental and Community Trust, Dalgety Bay Playpark Project, Fairtrade Group and the Dalgety Bay Communiity Woodland Group who manage Crow, Hopetoun and Bathing House Woods on our behalf.
As usual, there have been various other items that have occupied the Council over the past year that are too numerous to mention in this report.
Community Council Membership and Support
Our Treasurer due to ill health resigned last year but Willie Allan a new member of the Council has kindly taken on the role along with the position of Advertising Manager to replace Nikki McLeod who has recently stood down from the post due to family matters. I thank both for their service to the Council and wish them the best for the future. My Annual thanks go to the volunteers who distribute the Council's “Diary” newspaper, for without these volunteers and the advertising revenue it brings in, there could not be any Community Council grants issued. Apart from this, we have gained another new member bringing the total membership of the Council to 14..
I also express my thanks to the voluntary work of Eleanor Rowe, “Diary” editor and to Bob Bagnall in maintaining the website for us, for without these people giving up their time to the community we would suffer a great loss.
Thanks must also be given to our Secretary Jeanette Gray and Peter Franklin Vice-Chair for their long service along with that given by all members of the Community Council for their time and contribution in the running of the Council. The Fife Councillors are again thanked for their attendance and service over the past year and to the Police who have now resumed their attendance to Council meetings.
Finally, a number of vacancies still exist on our pro- active Community Council by the co-option process and if residents have an interest in the future planning and well being of Dalgety Bay and Hillend they should apply to join us. Community minded people who have fresh ideas are most welcome.
I re-emphasise, this way you can be responsible for shaping and influencing the future of our area for the next generation. Please contact our website if interested. Once the new Forth Crossing is complete, it is likely to bring further pressure on the development to the Forth Bridge Head Area and the green lungs between our communities become more essential to be protected.
Colin McPhail MBE
Chairman May 2015