New Community Council Convenes

The new Monimail Community Council convened on Monday 8th November to appoint office bearers and sort a few issues regarding procedure.
The Community Council for the next three years comprises

David Hamilton (Chair)
Donald Dallas (Vice Chair)
Gordon Smith (Secretary)
John Vaughan (Treasurer)
Juliet Gordon
Tom Morton
Willie Fenton
Neil Stoddart

The Community Councillors are there to represent the communities wishes and views on matters ranging from planning to health. If you have any matters you wish to air, then please do speak with one of the above and it can be considered for discussion at the next meeting.

It was also agreed that minutes of community council meetings will be published electronically on this website within a few days of the meeting and delivered in hardcopy with an agenda, 2 weeks prior to the next meeting.

New Community Council Members

The following persons have been duly elected for Monimail Community Council

Willie Fenton, Ballantager Farm, Letham

Juliet Gordon, Merlin, The Row, Letham

David Hamilton, Saddlers Cottage, The Row, Letham

Tom Morton, Ash Cottage,  Monimail

Gordon Smith, Merenlee, The Row, Letham

Neil Stoddart, ‘Old School Hall’, Pitlessie Road, Bow of Fife

John Vaughan, Milnholm, The Row, Letham

As only 7 of the 8 vacancies were filled, the community council  can fill the 1 casual vacancy to make up the total amount of members.

For more on the Community Council, follow this link

Community Council Electons

There has been an almighty cock-up in this years Community Council elections with a breakdown in communication that has caught Monimail Community totally by suprise. Nominations for the next Triennial of the Community Council close at 4pm on Thursday 16th September 2010. This is very short notice. Completed forms must be delivered o Fife Council by this time.

Further information on Community Councils, their structure and purpose can be found on this link

An Election Timetable can be found here

Nomination Packs can be downloaded here

Community Council Elections

North east Fife community council elections are scheduled for October 14, and Fife Council are encouraging anyone with an interest in improving their community to get involved.

Nomination forms will soon be available. This is an opportunity to shape your community and to influence how we move forward in the difficult public financial times ahead.

More info will appear on this site soon.

Monimail Community Council Minutes of meeting, 14th December 2009

Monimail Community Council

Minutes of meeting, 14th December 2009

  1. Present : K. Connolly; D. Dallas; B. Forrest; J. Gordon; H. Grant; D. Hamilton; L. Harvie; H. Laidlaw; P. Laidlaw; G. MacLean; K. MacLean; T. Morton; B. Robertson; J. Rotheram; E. Sheerins; J. Sheerins; D. Smiles; G. Smith; H. Van-Koten; J.Vaughan; K. Vaughan; C Hayes –; Colin Gilbert – Fife Council;  Chris Smith – Fife Council Planning

2. Apologies : A. Arbuckle, L. Barron, M. Grossert

3. Minutes of Previous Meeting : accepted

4. Matters Arising

Letham Toll : BEAR Scotland : Nothing to report

Whinney Park : Colin Gilbert has spoken with Drainage this afternoon and they state it is not Fife Council responsibility! Water is coming from the farm so the Farmer will be contacted to see what he is going to do to address this. It was questioned that it is surely Fife Council responsibility to ensure roads are safe and this is not when the water freezes over! Surely if there is a culvert under the road then it is Council Responsibility? Colin Gilbert will go back with these thoughts.

Monimail Cemetry : Work on the collapsed Grave still to be done. The drains have still not been done and the verge area is a mess due to recent flooding  – C.Gilbert to check this.

Bow Road Sewage : Anne-Marie Dewar of Scottish Water was unable to attend the meeting however she has confirmed that the Letham Waste Water Treatment Works is currently at capacity. It is hoped she can attend the February meeting

Tree Preservation Order : Nothing to report

Bow of Fife Speed – There have been THREE accidents in this area since the last meeting. Vehicle activated “slow down” signs are to be erected by the end of the Financial year.

Well Tree Area Ownership : Nothing to report

5. Core Path Network

Crispin Hayes of addressed the meeting – he is acting as a Consultant on behalf of the NHTT. There is a desire within the Transport Group of the NHTT to take the Core Paths Project (also taking the Bell Ingram report from 2004) forward with a view to bringing all paths in the area up to a standard for use. There are various strategic routes being looked at, such as Collessie to Ladybank however feedback is sought for routes such as Monimail to Letham, Letham to Fernie etc.

It typical requires £35-50,000 per km to construct pathways and up to 3km has been viewed as possible routes. The path from Monimail to the School would be a priority and this route is earmarked for discussion with landowners.  90% of the respondents to the NHTT survey wanted some improvements in paths and a network to be established (80 households responded to this question) as well as 50% looking for improved road crossings. The question of cycle paths to Ladybank was raised however Network Rail are currently trying to enforce that crossings are closed to the public so this could pose serious problems.

Who will maintain the paths? They will be constructed to take account of water course etc, NHTT would have to take care of maintenance for 3 years then the council would undertake an upkeep agreement (trimming etc). There is no guarantee of FC taking this on however it would be part of the negotiations and they are keen on this type of project.

6. Planning

Bow of Fife – alterations to a property were approved over a year ago however there were no neighbour notifications issued to any neighbours. There was a notice posted on a telegraph pole however the property address on this notice was incorrect. Planning have been contacted on numerous occasions over the last few months however there has been no response made to the queries. Not included in the application was the building of a large shed at the rear of the property and also a smaller one at the front – An Enforcement Officer has been requested to look into this and Chris Smith assured the he would look at this case tomorrow.

Satellite Dishes / Conservation Area : There is one at the front of a rented property where the tenants were unaware that Letham was a Conservation Area. This was brought to the CC attention 6 months ago and since then both the tenants and the property owner have been made aware of the fact that the dish does not comply with Planning Regulations and requires to be moved.  Chris Smith confirmed what the CC had been told in an email from Planning that Satellite Dishes, although permitted within a Conservation Area, must not be within the view of public roads. This has not been done so it is now to be referred to an Enforcement Officer along with the others at Letham Toll.

Local Plan – The Trimlands : The Rotherams’ Survey has come back 32 for, 27 against and 4 no preference. As such it was agreed that the CC support the proposal, however stating that absolutely no other alterations be made to the Village Envelope.

It was commented however that the survey was not carried out as requested and was therefor skewed as it had been sent to residents outwith Letham Village. It was pointed out that this proposal is nothing to do with Bow of Fife for instance so the residents down there should not have been able to take part in the survey.

Wind Turbine : There is a proposal currently going through planning for w wind-turbine just north of Parbroath Crossroads. The feeling is that the proposed turbine is way in excess of what would be required and many objections have been raised to this being a commercial venture rather than small scale for limited use. Tom Morton informed the meeting that part of the recent NHTT Energy Survey included Community Scale Renewables. They are looking at funding for a feasibility study into the potential wind energy in this area and there will be a Community Consultation exercise on this.

It was confirmed that as a neighbouring Community to the Abdie & Dunbog CC area, we do have an opinion on this proposal. It was agreed Fife Council be written to stating we would discuss this at the next CC meeting to form a Community view.

7.         Treasurer’s Report : The account balance stands at £1731.54. The Floral Enhancement Grant application for next year has been acknowledged.

8.         Village Hall Report :

The recent Auction in the Hall raised just over £1000 for Hall funds. Thanks to all those who took part  by either donating items or bidding one them.  There is a New Year Dance on January 1st

9.         Playpark :

Becky Little is now in charge of design for the shelter as those involved previously no longer want to take part. Different Design so there will be Community Consultation. The Council have been contacted regarding the park equipment and a breakdown of the costs. Where is the shelter to be sited? – issue with roots was raised!

  1. 10. Climate Challenge Fund : The Energy Group survey had a 60% return and smart monitors will be

issued in January to those who showed an interest in them. There are also plans to take thermal images of properties to illustrate where heat loss is occurring (if you don’t want this on your property then you can let NHTT know). As mentioned above there is support for Community Renewables such as Wind Turbines and Biomass. The Village Halls survey of Letham, Collessie and Giffordtown is almost complete and will be submitted as an “exemplar” project which the CCF are very keen on. This will hopefully provide part funding for major refurbishment to all 3 halls within the NHTT area.  The plan is to seek partnership funding from other bodies and this is in hand.

11.        Community Wood : Nothing to report

12.        Any Other Business :

–          Stewart Goodfellow (Fife Council Transportation) was to look into the possibility of tarring  a footpath area at the bottom of The Row at Letham Toll. This land may actually belong to BT so it was agreed BT should be contacted and asked if a path can be made there.

–          Water running down School Brae is really bad – Colin Gilbert to raise with the relevant department.

–          Bus shelter needs repairing. Transportation to look into this.

–          David Hamilton was recently up in the North West of Scotland and there were areas where the roads were painted as “safe zones” which act as warnings for traffic to take care in these areas. Could this be something possible for Monimail to Letham Road? It would be ideal for Transportation to discuss/liaise with the School regarding this.

13.        Date of Next Meeting : Monday 8th February 2010, Letham Village Hall, 7.30pm







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“The Bevvy Sisters”



Possible Events for Letham Hall in the next few months include :

–  Gardeners’ Question Time (Spring)

–  Cheese Tasting

–        Whisky Tasting

No Dates have been confirmed for the above so keep a look out for information on the Letham Website and flyers nearer the time!

Monimail Community Council



  1. Present
  1. Apologies
  1. Minutes of Last Meeting

4.         Matters Arising :                    –    BEAR Scotland

–          Ballantager – Letham footpath

–          Bow Road Sewerage

–    Whinney Park Water

–         Monimail – Grave / fencing

–         Well Tree Area

–         Bus Shelter (Monimail Rd)

–         School Brae Water

–         Tree Preservation Orders

5.         Planning Issues :                   –    Local Plan / Trimlands Proposal

–         Satellite Dishes – update

–         “Wood Shed” – Bow of Fife

–         Wind Turbine (Abdie & Dunbog)

6.         Treasurer’s Report                – including Floral Enhancement Grant

7.         Village Hall News

8.         Letham Park – update

9.         Climate Challenge Fund –update

10.       Community Wood – update

11.       Councillor Arbuckle : questions and responses

12.       AOCB – Call for AOCB

Anyone with proposals, responses or concerns to raise  on these or any other topics, please contact the Chair or Secretary   before the meeting.

Next Meeting : Monday 12th April 2010, Letham Hall, 7.30pm

Community Council Members :

Juliet Gordon (Chair) 810298 ; J. Vaughan (Treasurer); Hazel Grant ; David Hamilton; Willie Fenton; Donald Dallas; Gordon Smith (Minutes) 810404

Monimail Community Council Minutes of meeting, 12th October 2009

Monimail Community Council

Minutes of meeting, 12th October 2009

Present : D. Dallas; W. Fenton; B. Forrest; J. Gordon; S. Jones; G. MacLean; K. MacLean; J. Vaughan

Cllr  D. Lothian; S. Goodfellow : Fife Council Roads & Transportation

2. Apologies : A. Arbuckle, H. Laidlaw, P. Laidlaw, G. Smith

3. Minutes of Previous Meeting : accepted

  1. 4. Matters Arising

Letham Toll : BEAR Scotland : Three letters have been sent to BEAR regarding the Footpath to Ballantager and also the kerb area at the Toll however there has been no response as yet.

–          Travel Plan : no update.

Whinney Park : It appears that the work required here is being passed between the Roads Department & Drainage.

Monimail Cemetry : The slabs have been replaced at Monimail mail box but two more are needed, one at Pathcondie road end and one at top of The Row  – C.Gilbert to check this.

Tree Trimming : B.T. will not do this and it was again suggested that David Stewart be approached.

Bow Road Sewage : John Vaughan has contacted Scottish Water – a ditch was dug out by Scottish water who say overflow is acceptable. Ann Marie Dewer from Scottish water is to attend next c.c. meeting.

Tree Preservation Order : Cllr Arbuckle has the work for this in hand

Bow of Fife Speed – council has in hand , flashing speed indicators will be erected (possibly this year). A Speed check has not actually been done at the Bow ,but at the Deer centre.

Well Tree Area Ownership : Cllr Arbuckle is looking into this

5. Planning

Satellite Dishes / Conservation Area :

The Community Council have contacted people in the Village who have Satellite Dishes that do not comply with Planning and one of them is arranging for their Dish to be moved. Chris Smith from planning offered to come to a special meeting between 9am and 5pm but it was thought that this would not be helpful as most people work.

Colin G. to see if Mr Smith could come to next meeting.

Tenants in Benisla did not know  Letham is Conservation Village, however their Landlord should be well aware as the property owner. Possibility of a welcome pack was once more discussed. There were several comments about people not being allowed to use UPVC windows and doors.

Wood Shed / Bow of Fife :

Planning has not been not applied for, however there is apparently retrospective permission now being sought. There was also an issue raised whereby Neighbours had not received individual notification of an extension plan that was given permission.

Local Plan :

The Tremlins – The Rotherams  want to build a house behind the school in the woodland area they own and have approached the Community Council in help assessing the opinion of Village Residents prior to seeking approval for extending village envelope. The plan is for a House in part of land with the remainder of about 3 acres for use of village.

Donald Dallas v against this reckons flood gates would open if the envelope was changed.

Possibility of investigating village trust set up .

Cllr Donald Lothian said the Local Plan now being updated and anyone can apply for an expansion. The Plan will be up for consideration with a final say by Christmas.

Donald Dallas. and Jim Rotheram are to put out questionnaire/proposal to the village and they will collect responses. Information about this will also be posted on the Village Website and Notice Boards

6.         Treasurer’s Report : The account balance stands at £1766.24

7.         Village Hall Report :

Donald Dallas gave a talk on 9th October about “Old Letham” which was very well attended and a great success. There is a Silent Auction due to be held on Saturday 14th November – the Hall Committee will gratefully accept any donations for this!

8.         Playpark :

Nothing to report

9.         Climate Challenge Fund : Climate challenge fund received a further grant of £114.000.

The Energy Survey is currently in progress, mainly domestic and it can also be filled in online.

It was mentioned that the utility companies will also do this for you!

10.        Community Wood : Nothing to report exceot A.G.M will be coming up soon

11.        Questions :

12.        Any Other Business :

– Bus shelter needs repairing. Transportation to look into this.

– Is there any possibility of a footpath at corner by Telephone Exchange? The path from Ballantager stops here and the only route is to either walk on the road or cross the Row at a busy junction onto a footpath on the other side. Stewart Goodfellow to look into this and the possibility of tarring.

13.        Date of Next Meeting : Monday 14th December 2009, Letham Village Hall, 7.30pm




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Monimail Community Council – Minutes of meeting, 10th August 2009

  1. Present :
    A. Arbuckle; D. Dallas; J. Fairley; W. Fenton; B. Forrest; J. Gordon; D. Hamilton; B. Holden; S. Jones; H. Laidlaw; P. Laidlaw; S. McCann; G. MacLean; K. MacLean; N. Mossman; B. Robertson; J. Rotheram; B. Service; G. Smith; J. Vaughan

2. Apologies : C. Gilbert; M. Grossert; L. Harvie; A. MacGilchrist; G. Mossman

3. Minutes of Previous Meeting : accepted

4. Matters Arising

Letham Toll : BEAR Scotland : there are some white markings sprayed on the road therefor looks like some work is due. Three emails have been sent since the last meeting with no response! There are still issues being raised about parked/stopped vehicles in the “run-in” area at the Toll – BEAR to be written to again to re-emphasise  Cllr Arbuckle is due to meet BEAR representatives this week about other issues so will mention our issues then.

–          Travel Plan : no update.

–          Whinney Park : after discussions in April a work order was raised. This is to be chased up as nothing has been done as yet. Cllr Arbuckle to chase this.

–          Monimail Cemetry : collapsed grave still to be repaired, manhole cover at the letterbox is still broken. Colin Gilbert is to investigate this.

–          Tree Trimming : Issue with trees in The Row growing and telephone wires now running through the branches. BT state it is not their responsibility however if the Village was happy for the trees to be trimmed it would not be an issue – BT will not do the work though.

Not sure if the Council would do this – AA to find out

–          The Row Verge – Council trim twice per annum, once at the end of May and again at the end

of the season

–          Ballantager – Letham Path : This was included in the various letters to BEAR – still no response.

–          Bow Road Sewage : A letter has been received stating raw sewage in the roadside burn not really being an issue! This is to be taken up with the water board as this will only get worse with the few extra proposed houses in the area. Could be a long-term issue

5. Planning

Fife Council Planning were contacted about the Satellite Dishes at The Toll and The Row. They have no record of either being requested through planning. Unfortunately we did not have the response from planning at the meeting, however, for the record the response states that “… satellite dishes are acceptable in Conservation Areas as long as they are not within view of a public road”

The owner of one of the properties commented that she was unhappy about how this issue has been raised and surely the tenants of her property should have been contacted as they are very unhappy about what was in the minutes. It was pointed out that the job title of “Enforcement Officer” seems a bit harsh however all they do would view the property and if deemed inappropriate, then further discussion would take place.  Councillor Arbuckle pointed out that it is the responsibility of the Householder and not the tenant to ensure any planning regulations are complied with.

It was suggested that the dish should be moved away from it’s current position so that it is out of site like the rest of the dishes in the village which are generally in people’s back gardens!

It was agreed that the Tenants are contacted before taking the matter further with Council planning. It was agreed that it is unfortunate that this had been taken the wrong way and it certainly was not trying to alienate new people in the village, however, this is yet another instance of work being done without permission and it was felt that “enough is enough”.

The Planning Department are to be contacted with regard to coming out and looking around the Village at recent work to see what is/is not acceptable.

It was also suggested that the Community Council produce some sort of “welcome pack” for people new to the village. This would include information on local services, shops, libraries etc as well as a reminder that Letham is a Conservation Area and as such, alterations/additions to property must be put through planning.

The installation of New Play Area, Shelter etc in the Park is currently going through Planning

6. Treasurer’s Report : The account balance stands at just over £1532.

7.         Village Hall Report :

Nothing specific to report regarding renovations. There are a couple of events coming soon, including an “Old Letham Night” in October and a “Silent Auction/Auction of Promises” in November. More details will be distributed with the next distribution of minutes.

8.         Playpark :

As mentioned in the Planning report, currently going through the Planning Application process.

9.         Climate Challenge Fund : Nothing to report other than the information in the leaflet distributed with the last set on minutes.

10.        Community Wood : There will be a stall at the Local Food Festival in mid-September where more information about the progress will be available

11.        Questions :

– Tree Preservation Orders : the Tree Officer has been in contact with AA and a schedule of Trees is to be prepared. The following information is required and has been passed on to Donald Dallas –

Addresses of specific Trees, who owns them, type

– Tree in Letham Park – there is a tree that is due to be removed from the park to make way for the new shelter. It has been agreed that the Letham Park project group will plant a new tree.

–  “The Square” in Letham – Land Registry have been contacted, however they are not 100% sure who owns the land!!. In 1967 it “appears” that it was given to the precursor to Fife Council. Cllr Arbuckle agreed to move this forward with a possible site meeting

12.        Any Other Business :

– a letter has been received from a resident on The Row regarding the 20mph zone and the speed of vehicles that are obviously disregarding this limit. As well as asking for a possible extension along Monimail Road to reduce speed at the corner, there was the suggestion of speed bumps up School Brae.

It was pointed out that an extension to the 20mph and also inclusion of speed bumps in the village had been discussed at previous CC meetings where it was decided no further traffic-calming measures were desired for the Village. There was a recent speed survey however the results were claimed to show “nothing untoward” regarding speed in the Village! Fife Council are now actually moving away from speed-bumps due to the vibration caused (recently removed bumps in Ladybank) and are now really just doing signage.

It was pointed out that there is still no sign anywhere indicating there is a School in the Village – can we get one? Are rumble strips a possibility along with a sign at the top of The Row for “Traffic Turning”?

Cllr Arbuckel will discuss with Transportation

Wood Shed : Bow of Fife – a request was made that the Community Council contact Planning to ask if the wood shed built down Pitlessie Road is within Planning Regulations.  Cllr Arbuckle will discuss with Planning Enforcement.

Bow of Fife Speed – it was commented that there is rarely any speed enforcement seen in the Bow of Fife area. There are still concerns over the speed especially at the poor junction and with school buses stopping on the main road etc. There have also been a number of accidents around the Deer Centre so would it not be a good idea to have a reduced limit on the whole stretch of raod eg 40mph between Whitehills Cottage and the Deer Centre (or Springfield Junction)?

Could a representative from the Police come along to a meeting to hear the views?

Jim Rotheram again raised the Local Plan Consultation and his proposals for the Tremlins Area at the top of the Village. It was agreed this would be included in the October Agenda. Anyone wanting more details can see the plans/proposals on the Community Website ( or they can contact/speak to Jim at the School House

13.        Date of Next Meeting : Monday 12th October 2009, Letham Village Hall, 7.30pm




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See attached Leaflet






Monimail Community Council – Minutes of meeting, 8th December 2008

Monimail Community Council

Minutes of meeting, 8th December 2008

  1. Present : A. Arbuckle; L. Barron; W. Fenton; B. Forrest; J. Gordon; D. Hamilton; H. Laidlaw; P. Laidlaw; N. Mossman; T. Nesbitt; B. Robertson; J. Rotheram; B. Service; G. Smith; J. Vaughan;  C. Gilbert (Fife Council)

2.Apologies : D. Dallas; M. Grossert; A. MacGilchrist; G. Mossman

3. Minutes of Previous Meeting : accepted

4. Planning :

Chris Smith from Fife Council Planning Department attended the meeting to discuss various planning concerns and queries we have.

Basic overview is that Planning Permission should be in accordance with the Development Plan which in turn is in accordance with numerous other plans including the Local Plan & Structure Plan. The Structure Plan is based on National Government guidance and this is fed into the Local Plan – Cupar & Howe of Fife.

The Local plan is currently under review and at the Finalised Draft Stage, however is still a bit away from full adoption – Public Consultation is still to happen.  Within the plan there are a series of policies that cover things such as housing, economy, transportation etc. All the policies and Local Plan is available to view online at The Fife Council website.

Any proposal that is submitted by an applicant has to fall into the various plans and policy guidelines, however not every development will fall into “neat pigeon-holes”! These are then looked at under “Material Considerations” which can be both for or against.

Not every application goes forward to Committee. If it meets all the criteria and there are no objections then it can go through (up to 85% of applications can proceed simply at Planning Officer level).

It was pointed out that recently there have been objections made to proposed application changes which end up being passed. The feeling is that objections are ignored. It was pointed out that all Community Council responses will be included for Committee and there are instances where if this is not the case then Planning Officers will be questioned about it. All objections are weighed up against the set guidelines.

If anyone is unhappy about an application they receive neighbour notification for then they can request or ask the CC to request the application be put back until community consultation can take place.

The question about the Community Council being pro-active was asked – should we have ideas what are acceptable in advance rather than rush with every application? It was pointed out again that each application is taken on it’s own merit so not necessarily a good idea to have pre-conceived ideas.

Some Specifics :

Solar Panels / Satellite Dishes in Conservation Areas – solar panels are covered in the replacement windows guidelines. All must be in balance with visual impact & environmental concerns – each taken on a site-by-site basis

Tree Preservation Orders – led to believe all trees were protected in Conservation Area. As long as 6 weeks notice is given, written permission is required from Planning to remove trees. TPO’s are still valuable – developers need to contact Tree Officer who will go and look at those in question before making a decision.  Best idea is to get TPO’s on “justifiable” trees in the CA. Very difficult to enforce once work has started as Enforcement Officers need the backing of the Procurator Fiscal!

No Planning Permission

A major issue within the area is people having work done without any Planning permission.  There is an unwillingness to “grass” to Enforcement Officers however there are many people in the Village who feel it is unfair they are applying to make alterations legally while others seem to be getting away with not applying!

In general, if the replacement is EXACTLY like-for-like then PP MAY not be required however it is always best to consult planning – eg Windows and Roofing Tiles have been replaced in many properties in the Village. These almost certainly would require Planning Permission as they are not like for like.

Retrospective Planning can be applied for which then gives the owner a chance to “put their case” forward, however permission may still not be granted!  Lack of planning also has an impact upon the owners when they come to sell their property.   If work is carried out without permission and the property is put on the market within 4 years then retrospective permission at the very least will be required!

The advice given is that the CC should weigh up the severity of what is being done without permission and contact an Enforcement Officer who will make a site visit. This also includes Council Owned property where work has been carried out !!

The final comment from Mr Smith was that we should always seek advice and get in touch with the Planning Department as it is the Community’s responsibility to help conserve and protect their environment.

It was agreed that a follow-up meeting/visit will take place in around 18 months

The following useful web links are a good starting point for information about planning :

Fife Council                                 

Scottish Government                    

Historic Scotland                         

Scottish Public Services Ombudsman

5. Matters Arising

Letham Toll : BEAR Scotland : no update specifically regarding the junction.

–          Bow of Fife Speed : no update.

–          Whinney Park : water has not stopped – (intermittent)! Apparently it has been looked and and is due to a collapsed drain under the road.  This area is a danger and a major issue if it freezes over

–          Monimail Cemetry : the gates have been painted however the panels have not been replaced! 

–          Drains : They have been cleared out. 

–          School Brae Parking : Concerns now are that the area around the Well Tree is being over-used for Parking and tearing up the surface. To be raised as an issue by the School Council.

–          20mph Zone : The recent speed monitoring showed that there was an increase in speeds recorded late at night however the speed during the day is “acceptable”.

6.         Treasurer’s Report : The account balance stands at just over £1505. The Floral Grant for next year has been applied for, which included quotes for a new lawnmower.

7.         Current Planning :

– Bakehouse :

Permission has been granted for the change in type of stone being used. We understand that work will be stopped due to the current market climate.

– Tremlins :

Although not a current application, a plan showing the location for ideas as minuted at the last CC meeting was shown.  This is to be forwarded to David Hamilton so it can be put onto the Community Website.

8.         Village Hall Report :

The first of the Grant applications for Double Glazing has been approved – this covers replacement windows for the complete West Elevation. It is expected that the windows will be replaced sometime in February.

“Letham Nights” have been offered a Culture Grant which will be used to make improvements to the Hall and enhance the various functions they are planning.

9.         Playpark :

Fife Environment Trust  have confirmed £30000 towards the project. There is a meeting tomorrow (9/12/08) to progress this.

Community Services are going to “Project manage” the whole project.

10.        Community Woodland : Nothing to report

11.        Questions :

– slow down signs for Bow of Fife have not appeared. When are they likely to materialise?

– also for Bow of Fife, there have been a number of instances of burst pipes in the Springfield area which affects the water supply at the Bow. Can Bow of Fife also be included in the distribution of Bottled Water in future when issued to Springfield?

12.        Any Other Business :

– Dead Swans in the fields either side of the Bow Road. Due to the water down there now they are using the area, however there are power lines across the area that they are flying into!. RSPB & Scottish Power have been contacted and SP are to fit spinning discs to the lines.

– Telephone Kiosk : various applications have been made and we have now been informed it cannot be bought under the “adopt a kiosk” scheme !!

This has now been passed to Fife Council who are dealing with it along with similar applications from other Communities

13.        Date of Next Meeting : Monday 9th February 2009, Letham Village Hall, 7.30pm






See attached Leaflet






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