Bus Service Review- A Call To Arms

Following received from Fife Council. Be under no illusion, the driver of this review is money. We have already lost our X54 service so lets fight to keep our last lifeline services- fill in the survey. 

Fife Council wants to hear from North East Fife bus users. 

In the 2016/17 year Fife Council spent over £2.1 million on supported bus services for North East Fife and we need to be sure that we continue to provide services where & when they are needed and that they represent good value for money.


We need your help to do that. We’re looking for feedback on which subsidised bus services operating in north east Fife are most important to you. We’ll be consulting from Monday 8 May until Friday 30 June 2017.


All comments received will be considered when contracts for subsidised bus routes are renewed in August 2018.


The bus services that are currently subsidised or partly subsidised in North East Fife are:


· Moffat & Williamson – Go Flexi (F3, F4, F5, F6), 92, 92A

· Stagecoach – 24, 77, 41, 41B, 41C, 47, 53, 64, 64A, 66, 67, 67A, 66B, 68, 68A, 68B, 94, 94A, 95


“We need people to tell us the places they want to go to by bus and when they’ll be travelling there”, said Colin Hamilton, Service Manager for Passenger Transport Services.


He continued: “Many people rely on bus services to get to work, college, health appointments and to access shopping and leisure facilities.


“I encourage all bus users in North east Fife to have their say by filling out a survey; it should only take two minutes. That way, we can make sure we’re providing services that people really need.”


During May and June, we’ll be carrying out ‘on-bus’ surveys with passengers using these routes. Surveys are also available:


online at www.fifedirect.org.uk/bussurvey, or

by phoning 03451 55 55 55 ext 444366 and we’ll post a survey out to you.


Monimail Police Report

The following report was supplied by Police Constable Kirsten Bellingham


“The Crimefile system records crimes committed in a particular area throughout Fife. Since the last meeting on 13th March 2017 there have been no recorded crimes our Crimefile system for the Monimail area including the villages of Monimail itself, Letham and Bow of Fife.


A check of our STORM system has also been carried out. This system records all calls to particular locations in the Fife area. Since the last meeting, there have been a small number of calls to villages in the area, namely Letham and Bow of Fife.


There were 5 calls to Letham, 4 of which related to road traffic matters and a separate call to assist a member of the public.


There were also 13 calls to the Bow of Fife, 7 of which related to road traffic matters and 6 related to calls to assist members of the public or providing information to the Police. There were no calls reporting matters of criminality.





Along with our colleagues in the Cupar Community Team, Graeme and I have recently started Bikeability training within the schools in the Howe of Fife. This gives us the opportunity to teach children to be safe whilst cycling on the roads and also allows us to build relationships with the pupils. It is hoped that, in turn, this link with the Police will continue as the children go on to High School and may prevent younger children from going on to follow older ones who may be getting into antisocial behaviour etc. We are due to attend Letham Primary in the near future.


We have also been out with the speed gun at various locations and have made use of Pop-Up-Bob to try and address speeding complaints. Friday 5th May 2017 marked the beginning of a week-long drink/drug drive campaign to coincide with the time of year when statistics show Scotland’s road users are at their highest risk of being killed or seriously injured because the driver was under the influence of alcohol or drugs.


Police Scotland’s campaign will combine intelligence-led high visibility patrols and roadside checks to detect those driving under the influence of drink or drugs.  The campaign will include looking out for early morning motorists that may still under the influence from the night before. Please be mindful that even though you leave your car and get a taxi home, you may still be over the limit when you collect your car the next day. Don’t risk your own and other road user’s safety.



In April, Graeme and I were involved in a day of action with Fife Council Trading Standards which was a great success. This allowed us to work in partnership and gain valuable intelligence to target rogue traders and bogus workmen.


It is often found that travelling criminals will use minor routes through small villages to avoid the main roads and thus avoid detection by cameras or the Police. The villages therefore provide ideal routes for such people to move around.


We remain keen for you all to look after each other and to inform the police of any suspicious activity in the area including suspicious vehicles, bogus workmen, rogue traders and telephone scams. We are happy to carry out talks on such issues if you require or see a need for them and have built up good relationships with staff at Trading Standards who provided a great deal of information on services they can also offer. Please let us know if we can assist in any way.



The year 2017 has also seen changes to the Management Team at Cupar Police Station. Chief Inspector Annandale has recently moved to Area Commander at Kirkcaldy Police Station and is replaced by Chief Inspector Steven Hamilton. Inspector John Docherty has recently assumed the responsibility of North East Fife Community Inspector following the departure of Inspector Nicola Black who has also moved to the same role in Kirkcaldy.


Sergeant Ewan Pearce has also moved on to pastures new with a move to Divisional Road Policing based in Glenrothes. He has been replaced by PS Sharon Holmes who moved to us from Levenmouth Police Station and is very keen to continue developing our community engagement.





Graeme and I also want to thank you for your attention and participation our Policing 2026 strategy. This was a strategic programme which aimed to transform the police service over the next 10 years by ensuring that as many voices as possible were heard. The consultation ended today and had been running for a number of weeks. It is hoped that this consultation will help refine and inform the strategy.

Thank you to everyone who completed the short online survey”.

Cat seeking New Home

UPDATE: Bella has a new home. Thanks for all enquiries 

Neil Stoddart in Bow of Fife writes…

Our 5 yr old cat Bella, is looking to relocate. we are moving away and want her to remain in the locale area. she is a quiet and warm cat, who would suit most homes. she’s earns her keep mousing & warming laps! if you are interested be quick… we are off soon 30/3/17.

NEF Superfast Broadband Project.

The following information has been received from Community Initiatives North East Fife (CoINEF)  

This wireless internet project is aimed at properties that can’t be reached by The BT Openreach cabling (but may be accessible by any property within the zone)

NEF Superfast Broadband Project.

We know that many of you are still struggling with poor broadband speeds and the frustration that it brings to your daily working and family lives

We are all working hard to bring superfast broadband to the communities in North East Fife who have little or no access to the minimum national target for superfast broadband of 24mbps or the planned Universal Service Obligation (USO) of 10 MBPS.  

We are currently working with our partners and stakeholders (Fife Voluntary Action, Fife Council, Community Broadband Scotland) to bring superfast broadband to these areas.

Background to the delay    

In September 2015 CoINEF participated fully in helping to pilot the national procurement framework, planned to enable the selection of suppliers, who would deliver the North East fife Superfast Broadband Project locally.

However, in January 2016 CoINEF started to experienced delays in the procurement.

This was due to the impact of the political processes (SG election / UK European referendum). These delays continued as the procurement process underwent change and revision, regionally and nationally, to comply with Scottish law.  

The national Procurement framework was finally implemented September 2016 and the process started for earnest in October 2016 with a national supplier’s engagement event.

Looking to the future

Since the beginning of 2017 we have been proactive, working with our partners and stakeholders to ensure that North East Fife Superfast Broadband Project document reflects the expressed needs of NEF communities for high speed broadband and mobile access.

However, the scoping of the areas which the superfast broadband project will cover have experienced significant change, since the project began in 2015. This is due to the coverage being extended by Openreach.

Community Broadband Scotland are currently reviewing our particular project area and we hope learn more about this and other opportunities by the end of March. We will share this information with you as soon as reasonably possible.

We do realise how frustrating this process has been during this last year and thank you for your continued support and patience. We hope to have some good news to share fairly soon.      

Landfill Update


Update email  from SEPA on the work at the Landfill site:

Following on from my email to you in November, I said I would provide an update to you all in the new year on action that is being taken at Lower Melville Wood (LMW) landfill site to address the odour issue:-


  • SEPA has continued to receive complaints relating to odour from the LMW site – 72 complaints since the start of November, 15 of which have been substantiated by SEPA. The presence of odour is often influenced by weather conditions (eg. atmospheric pressure), so it is not unusual to have a higher number of complaints regarding odour from landfill sites during the winter months. As previously, SEPA continues to investigate any odour complaint that it receives and to undertake pro-active odour assessments on a regular basis.


  • The substantiated odour complaints mean that, under SEPA’s Compliance Assessment Scheme (CAS), the site is now classed as having a ‘poor’ level of compliance with the site permit.


  • Following SEPA’s meeting in November 2016 with the operators of the LMW site, Resource Efficient Solutions / Fife Council (RES / FC),  a proposal has been submitted to SEPA to install permanent capping on part of the site. The purpose of the capping would be to help control fugitive emissions of odour (landfill gas), and further enable the collection and utilisation of gas generated at the landfill site.  SEPA’s expectation is that this will in turn reduce the potential for odour off site.


It is proposed that the capping would be undertaken in 2 phases;

–          Phase 1 – the installation of the cap itself, which will take the form of a geomembrane cap (ie. a synthetic membrane liner over the waste)

–          Phase 2 – placement of restoration soils on the cap and subsequent hydro-seeding.


At the present time, it is intended that Phase 1 will be completed by mid Feb 2017 (weather permitting). Phase 2 will commence once suitable restoration material has been sourced.


  • A second gas engine has been brought onto the site, which should also improve the efficiency of gas collection at the site.  It has yet to be connected to the gas collection system and commissioned, but the intention is that this engine will be operational by March time.


  • SEPA will be meeting again with RES / FC on 2 February 2017, to ensure that progress continues to be made to address odour and that the level of compliance at the site improves.



A number of you replied to my email in November to say that you found these updates helpful. I would therefore intend to provide a further update in March, unless there are any significant developments to advise you of before then (including anything resulting from the forthcoming meeting with RES / FC).


As always, members of the public etc can contact the SEPA Glenrothes office on 01592 776910 to report an odour during office hours and SEPA’s call centre any other time on 0800 80 70 60.


Smell Line

32b0adbThe Fife Environmental Protection department at SEPA request that ANY smells coming from the Melville Landfill Site be reported to them (9:00 am -5:00pm) on  Tel No. 01592 776910 or Contact neil.morrison@sepa.org.uk or judith.moore@sepa.org.uk so that prompt investigations can be made to investigate the odours and prevent reoccurrence.

Please do this on every occassion. SEPAs response is (bizarrely) based upon the number of calls received so don’t think that because somebody else is calling, that you shouldn’t. Every call counts.


Let’s Bag the Prize


Tesco has teamed up with Groundwork on its Bags of Help initiative across Scotland. The scheme will see three community groups and projects awarded grants of £12,000, £10,000 and £8,000 – all raised from the 5p bag charge.

Bags of Help offers community groups and projects in each of Tesco’s regions across the UK a share of revenue generated from the 5p charge levied on single-use carrier bags.

Letham Primary School has been shortlisted for its application to develop a school garden and we need your votes. Please vote for us in Tesco from 31st October – 13th November and help us win a £12,000, £10,000 or £8,000 award.

Carrier Bags – Tesco.com

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