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

New Community Council Members

The following persons have been duly elected for Monimail Community Council

Willie Fenton, Ballantager Farm, Letham

Juliet Gordon, Merlin, The Row, Letham

David Hamilton, Saddlers Cottage, The Row, Letham

Tom Morton, Ash Cottage,  Monimail

Gordon Smith, Merenlee, The Row, Letham

Neil Stoddart, ‘Old School Hall’, Pitlessie Road, Bow of Fife

John Vaughan, Milnholm, The Row, Letham

As only 7 of the 8 vacancies were filled, the community council  can fill the 1 casual vacancy to make up the total amount of members.

For more on the Community Council, follow this link

Letham Park

Fife Council have now appointed a contractor for the playpark element of the project and work is due to start on October 4th 2010 and we have a provisional completion date of November 5th.

The foundation of the shelter are now complete and construction of the walls will continue in the Spring when earth building specialists Little and Davie will run a series of workshops. So watch this space for a great opportunity to get your hands dirty and be part of this exciting community project.

Blooming Good Day at Letham Flower Show

The lovely sunny weather on Saturday brought a steady stream of visitors to the Letham and District Horticultural Society’s 108th Annual Industrial Exhibition and Flower Show.

The show which was held in Letham Village Hall attracted a good number of entries from the exhibitors providing a colourful and attractive display for those attending the show.

It was most encouraging to see a good entry in the Children’s Section. Visitors were treated to a fantastic display of exhibits displaying the imagination and skills of the children. This ranged from pretty pasta necklaces in the under 5’s category to imaginative junk models in the 5-8 age category. The 9-11 age category displayed some beautiful paintings of flowers. Tasty looking pizzas and birthday cards proved popular in the 12-16 age category.  Individual trophy winners were Skye Cuthbert, Bow of Fife; brothers Cameron and  Innes Service of Collessie ; Scott Smith and Grace Rotheram both from Letham.

In the open section for all ages there was a large display of painted stones, striking photographs of flowers and a good entry of a new category of vegetables grown by a child which was won by Dougal Fenton with a magnificent cabbage, one of a pair, the other beating the adults in the main Vegetable Section  – hopefully this will nurture our gardeners of the future! The ever popular miniature garden produced a wide array of exciting and innovative designs.

The overall Children’s trophy – the R Storrar Cup – and the Diploma for the best overall exhibit were both won by Innes Service, Collessie. The Alex Garden Cup for the best miniature garden was won by Grace Rotheram, Letham. The Archibald Wilson Challenge Trophy for a Sunflower Competition for Letham Primary School children was won by Lewis Smiles, Letham.

Hopefully the interest displayed by all these youngsters will continue and sustain the growth of the Flower Show.

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