BT Broadband- Race to Infinity

BT is pushing their new super fast broadband, BT Infinity. Given the size of the Letham community it is frankly unimaginable that our exchange will be in line for an early upgrade. However…. it is still important that we register a strong interest in faster broadband with the company. That way, should any funding be tragetted at rural exchanges, we will be better placed than if we hadn’t.

Please vote at the BT Infinity site www.racetoinfinity.bt.com

Wind Energy Consultation

FIFE COUNCIL is looking for feedback on its updated Wind Energy Supplementary Planning Guidance which was published earlier this month.

One of the Council’s BIG 8 priorities is to become the “leading green Council in Scotland ” and to help to achieve this the Wind Energy Supplementary Planning Guidance supports the development of renewable technologies in the right locations.

Since the original Wind Energy document was produced in 2008, the Council has undertaken improvements, making it clearer and easier to understand while still providing all the necessary information. The draft updates include a number of changes to the guidance and new information about single turbine proposals, offshore developments, feed-in tariffs, and community and economic wind turbine developments. It also looks at the cumulative impact and the proximity of turbines to transport infrastructure.

The online consultation is available at www.fifedirect.org.uk/windenergy until 14 January 2011. By providing comments and feedback on the guidance you can help improve the information it contains and shape the final version of Fife ’s Wind Energy Guidance.

Hard copies of the document can be viewed at Council Planning Offices in Cupar, Kirkcaldy, Dunfermline and Glenrothes, and at libraries in St Andrews, Leven, Anstruther, Newburgh , Lochgelly, Inverkeithing and Kincardine.

For more information, or to request a copy of the guidance, contact: Michael Westwater, on michael.westwater@fife.gov.uk or call 08451 555555 ext 442397.

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.

Letham Park is go!!

The work has now started on the park play equipment. Some of the adult fitness equipment is in and the monkey bars are going up today.  All going well work will be finished well before Christmas.

First shot on some of the new equipment. Hurray!

A91 re-opens 23rd October2010

The roadworks at Collessie are at a stage that the A91 can reopen on Saturday 23 October under traffic light control to allow traffic through the works.

These works have been completed 4 weeks early due to Cemex Ltd and the Contractor RMB working longer hours and weekends to assist in getting the works completed as early as possible.

Well done to all the contractors involved in getting these work completed so quickly.

Letham Park Update

Louise, John and Cathy met with Fife Council and the park contractors on Wednesday 13 October. The park equipment should start to arrive week commencing 18 October and work will then begin. The contractor hopes that it should be completed in 4-6 weeks but this will be dependant on delivery of play equipment which is coming from more than one supplier. You can download a copy of the plans here for a reminder of how things will look when the work is finished. Fingers crossed it will all be done by Christmas and then we can look forward to getting our hands dirty finishing the shelter in the spring.

Increased traffic on Monimail Road

I have been in touch with an officer from Transportation Services regarding the terrible state of Monimail Road, since the A91 was closed for the tunnelling works at Melville Lodges.  With Monimail Road being used as a ratrun by drivers wanting to avoid the lengthier official diversion to the south, the increased volume of traffic and dangerous speeding by some drivers is making the road very dangerous

Specifically I asked if we could either erect, “No through route to A92” signage or install some temporary traffic lights to equalise the journey times for both diversions. Below is an excerpt of the reply I  got.

We had discussions regarding this road and the putting out of signs at the A92 and B937 Junctions to advise not suitable for HGV’s etc, but decided against this. This was because any signs placed out at these junctions would automatically make drivers think that this is a through route and would then use it as an alternative route to the signed diversion.
Unfortunately we cannot put signs out to mislead road users or advise ‘No Through Road’ as this would be false and could lead to legal action against the Council for misleading the Public. Any vehicle has the right of passage along an adopted road unless a weight restriction was in place.
Transport Scotland Act 2005 clearly states that no traffic management can be placed on a road without proper notification or just cause.  To slow vehicles down is not an acceptable cause. this is only or the carrying out of Road works. If Fife Council put lights up then we could receive a hefty fine from the Scottish Executive Tsar of Roadworks for non-compliance in their duties to control and administrate roadworks.
So basically the news isn’t good! On a positive note,
Other works have been programmed within this closure of the A91 to prevent other traffic restrictions on this route. Mount Castle Quarry brought forward their works to construct a new vehicle access just to the east of the ‘Doocot’ and these works will be finished this week.
and work is progressing fairly quickly. It is hoped that, weather permitting the road could be reopened by the end of the month and completed in half the time originally anticipated.
I will be in touch with Fife Police to request some extra patrols/enforcement in Letham and Monimail, meanwhile the Council are to inspect and if necessary clean the road to make emergency braking less hazardous!

Letham Woodland Group

The Community Consultation Report is now complete so click here to download a copy. The Group will be meeting on Sunday 10 October at 9.15am at the firepit in the west woods. All are welcome to come along to talk about where we take things from here.

The children’s woodland group will meet next on Sunday 17th October 2pm at the fire pit. Our session will be focusing our awareness on bats with Elspeth Gray visiting to increase our knowledge of these wonderful creatures. For more information email woods@letham.org.uk

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