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X54 Update

The latest update we have had from Fife Council and from Stagecoach is that Stagecoach are not prepared to consider retaining the X54. They are however planning to run an early morning service to, and two evening services from, Dundee ( Monday to Friday). Unfortunately these services will take nearly an hour to travel the 15 miles up to Dundee and the timings are far from ideal. We cannot help but think that these buses are not going to be viable.

We understand that Stagecoach will submit new timetables to the Traffic Commissioners either Friday the 1st or Monday, 4th July 2016.

I have been in touch with the Traffic Commissioners to examine what powers they have to protect the service. They have none. The X54 is purely a commercial service and they do not have any power to compel an operator to service a particular route.

I have also been in touch with the passenger transport body Bus Users Scotland. We have explained our frustration at not being able to have been offered any dialogue with Stagecoach, the nonsense consultation and the speed at which this change has been railroaded through. They were astonished. I have asked them to press Stagecoach for a halt to the service withdrawal to give us a chance to explore options with them. They have taken on comments and will address them to Senior Executives in the company directly. Whilst they don’t have powers, they are an influential body.

Thank you everybody for all your efforts to date, over 500 signatures on the petition, banners and posters at the junction, letters to politicians, numerous consultation responses. We’re doing what we can.

We will of course keep you updated on this site.

Letter from Community Council to Stagecoach

Public Meeting Update 

Thank you to all those who made the Public Meeting on Wednesday. Your support and ideas were very much appreciated. 

We captured many thoughts and ideas and are now taking these forward. 

The key messages we want to get across are that we will not accept this readily, that there are real people who will be impacted in many different ways and that the consultation process is fundamentally flawed. 

Already you will hopefully have seen the redecorated junction- all part of the ‘lets make some noise’ approach. Please keep adding to it. 

The Communty Council Chair has now written to Stagecoach and will send this correspondence to elected representatives too.  

Stephen Gethins MP has also written to both the Council and Stagecoach representing our concerns. 

The decision date is 4th July so we must do what we can to influence Councillors now that the consultation is closed. 

Please canvass them, and please sign the change.org petition. (Over 475 signatures already!). We will be doing some media work this week and engaging with the elected representatives but an email, phone call or letter always helps to show the strength of feeling. 

Public Meeting re x54 withdrawal

There will be a public meeting in Letham Village Hall at 7.30pm on Wednesady 22nd June 2016 to discuss the villages response to the proposed  withdrawal of the X54 coach service. 

Please come along, express your views and help us plan how we are going to fight this proposal. 

Withdrawal of X54 Bus Service

We have just become aware of a proposal to remove the X54 Bus service from the A92. Instead a new service will route from Melville Lodges roundabout via Cupar to Dundee. 


This will have significant effect for Letham residents and increase the  25 minute journey to Dundee to over an hour. Buses for villagers who regularly commute to Dundee or Glenrothes on the A92 will disappear. 

There is a lot of anger and concern re this proposal and we will fight this vigorously and passionately. 

In the first instance we would encourage you to compete the consultation feedback form at 

Stagecoach Consultation

Where full details are available to read. 

The consultation closes 24th JUNE 2016

We would also encourage you to compete the online petition at

change.org

The Community Councillors will consider how best to respond to this threat to the village and a public meeting or extraordinary meeting of the Community Council is likely. 

Details will be posted here. 

Letham Gymkhana 2016 schedule now available

The 2016 schedule has now been finalised and is available on the Gymkhana page (under “Categories” on the left hand side of this page).  Hope to see you there!

 

Melville Update

Latest updates from Melville Landfill site courtesy of Cllr David McDairmid

Why is the 100ft wind turbine not in operation at Lower Melville Wood landfill site, after being erected many months ago?

Reply

The problem is with Scottish Power’s delay in connecting to the grid.

Scottish Power have promised FIfe Council to have the turbine operational by the end of this month (May).

How much does the council make from the gas generation from lower melville wood and Dunfermline.

Reply

£1 million in 2015.

What about the stench that is being leaked from the lower melville wood landfill site.

Reply

The well seals are being replaced throughout the site, and should help the situation, although further leaks could not be guaranteed in the future, SEPA have no concerns.

Letham Flower Show Coffee Morning

The Letham Flower Show Committee are having a Coffee Morning on Saturday 7 May between 10.00 am and 11.30 am in the Corn Exchange in Cupar.

 

We would welcome your support on the day and any donations for the Baking, Plants, Tombola, Raffle and Bric-a-brac stalls would be gratefully received. Please bring them to the Corn Exchange on the day or contact Geoff McDonald 01337 810250.

Letham Flower Show Programme

The 114th Annual Flower Show And Industrial Exhibition Programme is now OUT!
The Show takes place in Letham Village Hall on Saturday 13th August, 2016

Letham Gymkhana 2016

This year’s Letham Gymkhana will take place on Sunday 21st August 2016 at the The Howe Country Centre in Giffordtown, courtesy of Highfield Equestrian.

It’s a fun and friendly show, with classes to suit all ages and abilities: Jumping, Turnout, Riding Club horse/Pony Club pony, games, and Handy pony.
Perpetual trophies awarded for the winners of every class, and for overall points, and best Veteran (over 20yo)

Entries will be taken on the day, but if you enter in advance you’ll save a few ££, and save some time on the day!

Schedule and entry form will be available here soon, note the date in your diary in the meantime.

email gymkhana@letham.org.uk if you’ve any queries or if you could spare some time to help out on the day.

Hope to see you there!