Public Meeting Update 

Thank you to all those who made the Public Meeting on Wednesday. Your support and ideas were very much appreciated. 

We captured many thoughts and ideas and are now taking these forward. 

The key messages we want to get across are that we will not accept this readily, that there are real people who will be impacted in many different ways and that the consultation process is fundamentally flawed. 

Already you will hopefully have seen the redecorated junction- all part of the ‘lets make some noise’ approach. Please keep adding to it. 

The Communty Council Chair has now written to Stagecoach and will send this correspondence to elected representatives too.  

Stephen Gethins MP has also written to both the Council and Stagecoach representing our concerns. 

The decision date is 4th July so we must do what we can to influence Councillors now that the consultation is closed. 

Please canvass them, and please sign the change.org petition. (Over 475 signatures already!). We will be doing some media work this week and engaging with the elected representatives but an email, phone call or letter always helps to show the strength of feeling. 

Withdrawal of X54 Bus Service

We have just become aware of a proposal to remove the X54 Bus service from the A92. Instead a new service will route from Melville Lodges roundabout via Cupar to Dundee. 


This will have significant effect for Letham residents and increase the  25 minute journey to Dundee to over an hour. Buses for villagers who regularly commute to Dundee or Glenrothes on the A92 will disappear. 

There is a lot of anger and concern re this proposal and we will fight this vigorously and passionately. 

In the first instance we would encourage you to compete the consultation feedback form at 

Stagecoach Consultation

Where full details are available to read. 

The consultation closes 24th JUNE 2016

We would also encourage you to compete the online petition at

change.org

The Community Councillors will consider how best to respond to this threat to the village and a public meeting or extraordinary meeting of the Community Council is likely. 

Details will be posted here. 

Melville Update

Latest updates from Melville Landfill site courtesy of Cllr David McDairmid

Why is the 100ft wind turbine not in operation at Lower Melville Wood landfill site, after being erected many months ago?

Reply

The problem is with Scottish Power’s delay in connecting to the grid.

Scottish Power have promised FIfe Council to have the turbine operational by the end of this month (May).

How much does the council make from the gas generation from lower melville wood and Dunfermline.

Reply

£1 million in 2015.

What about the stench that is being leaked from the lower melville wood landfill site.

Reply

The well seals are being replaced throughout the site, and should help the situation, although further leaks could not be guaranteed in the future, SEPA have no concerns.

Letham Gymkhana 2016

This year’s Letham Gymkhana will take place on Sunday 21st August 2016 at the The Howe Country Centre in Giffordtown, courtesy of Highfield Equestrian.

It’s a fun and friendly show, with classes to suit all ages and abilities: Jumping, Turnout, Riding Club horse/Pony Club pony, games, and Handy pony.
Perpetual trophies awarded for the winners of every class, and for overall points, and best Veteran (over 20yo)

Entries will be taken on the day, but if you enter in advance you’ll save a few ££, and save some time on the day!

Schedule and entry form will be available here soon, note the date in your diary in the meantime.

email gymkhana@letham.org.uk if you’ve any queries or if you could spare some time to help out on the day.

Hope to see you there!

Cupar Could

Cupar Could is a collaborative project which aims to promote community dialogue on the role and future improvement of Cupar town centre, which will lead to the creation of a Community Town Centre Action Plan.
Cupar Could involves Cupar’s residents, schools, community groups, local businesses, the public sector, charities, voluntary organisations and others, together establishing priorities and creating a shared vision for the town centre. This will take place through a collaborative design process , known as Charretteplus™ where people in workshops discuss and share ideas for the future of their community.

Cupar Could will take place over four consecutive places-focused workshops, from Thursday 17 – Sunday 20 March at the Corn Exchange, Cupar. All welcome!

www.cuparcould.com

 

What A Load of Smelly Rubbish

The Community Council have been in touch with Councillor Andy Heer re the smells coming from Ladybank landfill.

He has shared following response from the site operator  with us.

“Further to my last email I can confirm that the site have identified the source of the fugitive emissions is likely to be the seals of the chambers- of which there are 6. Pressure testing has revealed the seals have deteriorated and whilst not all have failed testing; due to the need to bring up the pumps to ‘draw down the head’, this deterioration has been exacerbated and their lifespan was less than anticipated.

The site have proposed new pump specifications which should allow them to draw down the head ( the level of leachate) without exposing the pumps and damaging the seals in the future.

They have also proposed replacing all the lids and seals on all 6 chambers.

Including the time it takes to procure the materials, an action plan has been submitted to SEPA and is due for completion at the end of w/e 21 March.

In the meantime work has commenced to temporarily seal all chambers, I would expect an odour reduction from completion of the temporary measures due by the end of the week”

 

NE Fife Phonebox Gets New Life to Save Life

MEDIA RELEASE

An innovative initiative by villagers in the NE Fife village of Letham has seen a tired unused phonebox transformed into a key piece of lifesaving First Aid Equipment.

The phonebox in the centre of the rural village had rarely been used in the last 10 years and was falling into disrepair. Working with the Community Heartbeat charity, villagers and community groups raised over £2,500 to refurbish the box and install and maintain a publically accessible defibrillator.

In cases of cardiac arrest, speedy access to a defibrillator can increases the chances of survival by 40%.

Provost Jim Leishman MBE will formally open the Defibrillator at 9.45am, Saturday 12th December 2015. The Mary Leishman Foundation, set up in memory of his late wife, made a sizeable donation boosting the community fundraising effort.

David Hamilton, Chair of Monimail Community Council said, “This project really caught the imagination of villagers and community groups based in Letham. Hundreds of pounds of private donations, group donations and a series of fundraisers including a heart-themed childrens’ bake-off and sponsored massage have made this possible.

“Most of the refurbishment work has been carried out by volunteers and all of us in the village have a real sense of pride and ownership. Although no specialist training is required to use the defibrillator, the Community Council is arranging a CPR and basic first aid classes for locals in the New Year.”
ENDS
 
Notes:
The phonebox can be found at the following location https://goo.gl/maps/tiELpCaY8LA2

 

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