On Wednesday 21st July 2010, Stewart Stevenson the Scottish MSP for Transport, Infrastructure and Climate Change will visit the NHTT area in relation to the receipt of our Climate Challenge Fund awards. If any NHTT members would like to meet the minister please contact Hamid van Koten as soon as possible on: firstname.lastname@example.org
It has been over 2 years since we started our project to improve the facilities in Letham Park and create a beautiful park shelter for all of our community to enjoy. We have had our fair share of problems with gas pipes and changes in finances but it now looks as if things will be starting soon. The project is being funded by Fife Council, The Secret Garden Outdoor Nursery and The North Howe Transition Toun, who are contributing £10,000 to the project from the Lottery. In total our community has now raised the £70,142 necessary to make the project become a reality.
Local architect Tom Morton has designed a stunning earth structure using ideas from our community consultations. This will be built by local earth building specialists Little and Davie who will be giving the community the opportunity to get their hands dirty and take part in a number of workshops. Details of these workshops will be made available over the next month.
A planning amendment is being processed at the moment covering the change in location to avoid the gas pipe, and updated design, and a decision is due to be made on 28 June. Once this has been confirmed the building work will start on the foundations of the shelter in July and the council hope to have the play equipment complete in Autumn of this year.
We will continue to keep the community informed of progress via www.letham.org.uk and at community council meetings.
The North Howe Transition Toun were selected to be featured in one of a series of 4 films commissioned by the Energy Saving Trust. Our film was focusing on community engagement and was filmed during our Letham Toolkit launch event. It features some faces and places you may find familiar:
Regular dog walkers will have been puzzled to discover the disappearance of Lethams handiest, most used and best sited Doggy Bin. Sited opposite the school on the lane to Nisbettfield Farm Cottages, the bin went misising last week without warning or explanation.
Its not clear who or what took the red bin and why but enquiries will be made with the council and an update posted on this site soon.
Minutes from Mondays Community Council
The previous minutes will be posted on the Community Council Page if Gordon (the regular minute taker) ever gets round to sending them to me. (hint!)
For the lastest news from the Woodland Group click here
Many will be aware that the Rotherams at the School House, Letham have made a planning application for a house at the rear of the School. Search the site and look at the Community Council Minutes for more details of the specifics. Jim has however highlighted to me a comment on The Transportation Departments submission..
“School Brae is currently unadopted and as there are many more houses than the maximum of 4 accepted on a private road, I would normally recommend refusal of an application such as this. However, if the applicant can provide a turning facility, I will be prepared to adopt School Brae and therefore recommend approval in this instance. It is unlikely that the applicant owns all of the land required and so this should be pursued through a Section 75 agreement.”
Some food for thought…..
Would you believe it but the Google Streetview Car has been in town and photographed the villages and tracks in the area! It takes a wee bit of getting used to but the main controls are on the top left of the picture- you can even rotate the North ring to rotate the view. You can also use the map in the corner to move the figure to a new road. Double clicking on the photograph takes you to that new position. Scary!
Lets see if we can workout when the photos were taken…. My guess is about April 2009. Add your thoughts as a comment by clicking the comment button below.
Latest correspondence from Lance Thompson to Fife Council. I think everyone would agree that this issue needs sorted- particularly as this is the access road to the school.