Google Streetview Has Arrived

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.


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Mountcastle Quarry Public Meeting

On Wednesday 17th February 2010, Hanson, the operator of Mountcastle Quarry ran a community consultation ( in fairness they have to!) to update the community on their planning application to extend the quarrying time at Mountcastle and outline their updated plans for the Approach Wood Quarry (next to Melville House).

To be honest there wasn’t really anything new here. We had already had a fairly comprehensive presentation regarding the Approach Wood site and the only change is that it is more red squirrel friendly- not sure if a quarry can be squirrel frindly but hey-ho, its better than nothing.

There was some discussion regarding the time extension at Mountcastle. Essentially the economic downturn has slowed demand which has meant that not all the sand that can be extracted (the remainder is under the plant equipment) has been. The permission to quarry runs out in April. Hanson are basically asking for planning permission to extend the length of their operations (due to finish in April)  by another 18 months. On the conclusion of this, Hanson will maintain the site as a wildlife reserve for another 5 years. What’s in it for the local community- er nothing.

So folks, Community Council has to give an opinion as to whether to support this extension. Personally I think it would be a nice gesture from Hanson to contribute to a local project eg. the Park redevelopment (hint) to compensate for the additional dust, noise and traffic disruption but that apparently isn’t being considered.

Add your comments below or even better toodle along to the next Community Council meeting and share your thoughts….

Overflowing Bins!

Has anyone got any idea when the bins are to be emptied?I emailed Fife Council asking for an estimate (their telephones weren’t working) and was promised a reply with 24 hrs ( 4 days ago).

I’ll be interested to know if they’ll take any additional bin bags too.

I know its extreme weather but a little bit of communication can go a long way!

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