More on the lights

Scottish power have now fixed the fault but have left the lights burning 24hrs (so as to maintain lighting during the night). The lights will be on 24hrs until we agree on where the pillar is to go. The council asked about siting the pillar in the hedges as discussed below but they said that was a non-starter so they have suggested an alternative location which is shown on the attached map in turquoise (opposite the bus stop).. Let me know what you think.

Save RAF Leuchars Campaign

RAF Leuchars supports 1900 direct and indirect jobs contributing around £60 million of income annually to the Fife economy. A number of our residents are employed at the base and the positive effect that the base has on businesses andtowns throughout North East Fife is enormous.

1. First Minister Alex Salmond will be visiting Leuchars for a question & answer session on Friday, 11 Feb 2011 at 3.30pm in the Henderson Hall, Leuchars – all welcome.

2. Sign the Online Petition: www.SaveRafLeuchars.org.uk – NB although a LibDem petition, this has full cross-party support.

3. A paper petition to download and copy is attached, if preferred.  We have been told there is no set deadline for petition signatures but ideally we would look to the end of Feb/mid March for completion.

Although a decision on whether the Base will close has now been delayed until May, time remains of the essence.

Still In the Dark- but the pillar is going….

Latest update from Fife Council is that Scottish Power have located the fault in their power cable.

They plan to change the cut-out in the lampost that has the existing controller to enable the fuse to be changed. If the new cut-out will accept both the incoming services that it needs to then the pillar will be removed entirely.

If however that doesn’t work and the pillar is required, then they propose to relocate it to a shrub bed on the inside corner of the bend where The Row becomes Monimail Road (see attached map. the proposed new site is the blue circle).

Please let me know your thoughts on this ASAP. I’ll speak directly with those in the immediate area.

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In the dark

Letham at Night

Residents in Letham won’t fail to have noticed the lack of street lights in the village. Nor will they have failed to noticed the hideous lighting cabinet that has been erected on the pavement of this ‘conservation village’ at the top of The Row.

Today I met with one of the council lighting engineers and he helpfully explained the problem.

Essentially there is a fault in the Scottish Power underground electric cable that powers the street lights, but noone knows where abouts the fault is. To find it they need to burn extra current through the cable until it burns itself apart and can be located- thats why the lights were on 24 hrs for a while. The fault and the extra current being used is blowing the fuse in the existing controller and causing the frequent light failings. With me so far?

Unfortunately our lights are about 40 years old and the fuses for the controllers are rare and it will take a while to get a replacement fuse so we’ll be in the dark for a bit more.

Now for that awful box. The existing controller is housed within one of the old lamposts and is no longer fit for purpose. The new controllers fill the box that has appeared (so much for minaturisation!) . There are certain constraints on the location of the box and we are looking at relocating it into one of the shrub beds at the junction where it will hopefully be camouflaged by plants. This needs a wee bit more work but I’m hopeful we can get this resolved satisfactorily in the next week.

Any comments,thoughts or suggestions are welcome

School Brae

After many years of campaigning , it looks like the adoption of School Brae by Fife Council took a big step forward this week. A planning application by The

Schoolbrae

Rotherams has now been approved subject to land being offered to the council to create a turning circle- a key requisite to allow adoption to take place. Finally the prospect of having road maintenance and some degree of gritting in winter looks possible. The community will also benefit from the gift of some woodland, further details will be posted on this site in the future.

The Courier ‘s report of the story can be found here