COMMUNITY COUNCIL CHAIRMAN’S REPORT 2010/11
Over the past year, major planning matters have again occupied the Council’s time and have been spent on the following:
Further to our response on the draft Fife Council’s Dunfermline and West Fife Local Plan which attracted the most public attention at the beginning of 2010, Fife Council approved the removal in the plan of the housing proposals at Barns Farm that was attached to a planning gain of playing fields at that location.
In September a planning inquiry was held on two appeals from the developer for reserved matters applications regarding the development at St. David’s Harbour arm with housing and a bistro. The Community Council, assisted by Fife Council, successfully opposed these applications, with the result that the Scottish Government Reporter dismissed both appeals and refused to approve either of the two applications. A fresh application made this month for the site will now receive further attention.
We also gave detailed comments to Fife Council on the detailed planning applications for the OCLI site at Ridgeway (housing) and Growforth (redevelopment of wholesale nursery, Clocklunie Road, Hillend) on the B916 which have since been approved.
We have produced a town centre study tender which received interest from 80 firms and the return of 20 tenders at the end of March. The Community Council is the client for this study which besides us, is partially funded by Fife Council and the Muirdean Community Trust Fund. Ironside Farrar was the successful tenderer and the Study commenced last month.
On other matters WE HAVE
Since May 2010, grant aided the following organisations and causes to a total of £1438
Dalgety Bay Gala…………………………………………… £250
DBHS Show children’s section………………………… £338
Inverkeithing High School Prizes…………………… £100
Dalgety Players……………………………………………… £250
Acrobay Gymnastics……………………………………… £250
Girl Guide Association…………………………………… £250
In addition subscriptions were made to:
The Scottish Rights of Way Association
Children’s competitions in the Diary
Forth Estuary Forum
again provided the Christmas Lighting in Regents Way.
continued our representation on SEPA’s multi agency “ Dalgety Bay Forum” set up to deal with the low level radioactive contamination of a small section the town’s fore shore due to dumping of material over 50 years ago. Following the latest Forum meeting in March a further SEPA report on the hazard is expected later this month.
provided projects to Fife Community Service for Offenders.
held well attended public consultation meetings on Fife Council’s proposed 20mph mandatory speed zones and the introduction of traffic calming measures in the vicinity of the primary schools. These measures will still not resolve the traffic congestion around the schools which is a separate issue and requires further attention. In conjunction with this we have placed a traffic calming survey on our website that has been reported to Fife Council.
in “The Beautiful Fife Campaign 2010” we put up hanging baskets of flowers in Regents Way which helped us achieve a silver award for Dalgety Bay and a bronze award for Hillend. It is our expectation to improve on this in 2011 and we are grateful to accept the offer of assistance from the Horticultural Society and Air Cadets this year
made representations to Fife Council and Stagecoach on their unprecedented changes to the bus services
we have kept up our relationship with Ocsa in Hungary and are developing further links with their town this year.
we have continued our membership of the following; Forth Estuary Forum, Mossmorran and Braefoot Bay Liaison Committee and their Independent Air Quality Group, Dunfermline and Coast Association of CC, Muirdean Environmental Trust, Dalgety Bay Police Community Forum and South West Fife Community Safety Panel.
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
Following the Community Council elections last October we ended up with 13 members. I express my annual thanks to those that distribute the “Diary” newspaper, for without these volunteers and the advertising revenue it brings in, there could not be any Community Council grants issued.
I also express my thanks to the voluntary work of Eleanor Rowe, “Diary” editor and to Nicki Mcleod our new “Diary Advertising Manager”. Along with the efforts of Bob Bagnall in producing an exceptional website for us, for without these people giving up their time to the community we would be at a great loss. Stephen Chorley has stood down as Vice-Chairman but remains a member of the Council. His professional work on the St. David’s Harbour Development Planning Appeal Inquiry and the Local Plan is appreciated.
Thanks must also be given to our Secretary Jeanette Gray and Treasurer John Nicholson for their 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.
Finally, we hope to stimulate interest within Dalgety Bay and Hillend of people who would like to give something back to their community hopefully, by serving on the Community Council or by providing assistance in some other way. People with fresh ideas are welcome and by this you can start by helping us and contributing to our Town Centre Study. Just fill in the form placed in the Diary or on our website or attend the advertised “drop in” consultations in the Kabin. This way you can be responsible for shaping the area and influencing the future for our next generation. Please contact our website if interested.
Colin McPhail MBE
Chairman May 2011