Scottish Land Commission Public Meeting (Fife)

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There will be a short presentation followed by a Q&A session with our Chair Andrew Thin, and Land Commissioners Megan MacInnes and David Adams.

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Not a Fife resident? Don’t worry we have a series of virtual public meetings planned for around Scotland throughout 2021

Letham Flower Show and Gymkhana

The Letham Flower Show and Gymkhana have always proved popular and we were sorry to
have had to cancel both events last year.
Whilst there is no guarantee that we will be able to hold either a Show or a Gymkhana this year
we have decided to start the preparations for both.
It is planned to hold the Show in Letham Village Hall on Saturday 14 August. The Gymkhana
would then be held at the Fife Riding Club on Sunday 22 August.
We therefore attach a Schedule for the 2021 Flower Show to this note. We hope this will give
you time to plan your entries and also provide some activities that could be done in lockdown.
The Schedule for the Gymkhana will be made available at a later date.
We will provide you with updates during the year, on the Letham Website and on our Facebook
page , as to how things are going with both the preparations for the Flower Show and
We hope to see you all at the Show and the Gymkhana.

Brian Service

Alison Irvine
Vice President

Santa is visiting Letham!

Hi everyone the route for Santa will begin at 6pm at the bottom of the school steps. He will be ringing bells so listen out for him. He will then walk down the Brae then along both side roads on the Brae. Leaving there he will head down and along the farm road then back along by the bus stop then along Monimail Road. After leaving Monimail road he will head down the Row finishing at the Village hall car park. He will not be going to the houses on the A92 so he doesn’t distract any drivers but will happily social distance in the hall car park grounds for anyone from there. This route will obviously take Santa a bit of time so don’t expect him to be on all your doorsteps at 6pm.

He will be out this Christmas Eve so please do come out and give him a wave. Merry Christmas to you all ?

Flood Alert from Scottish Water

In response to the amber weather warning which has been issued covering the North-East and part of Tayside over Saturday evening and Sunday morning, Scottish Water is making preparations to enable us to respond as quickly as possible if customers are impacted by flooding. As Fife is on the periphery of this weather forecast we are including you in this advisory information which we hope is useful to you in the communities that you serve.

During periods of very heavy rainfall, drainage systems – including sewers, culverted watercourse and road drains – may be temporarily unable to cope with the volume of surface water they receive in a short period from land, buildings, footpaths and roadways, resulting in flooding from our sewer networks.

While the rapid effects of storms across a wide area present a significant challenge to our frontline teams and our emergency response partners, we are preparing in order to be able to assist customers as quickly as we can if flooding occurs. Scottish Water will attend and support clean-up for customers after sewer flooding is reported to us, prioritising the severest cases where customers are impacted within their homes. We would encourage your constituents to contact our 24/7 customer service centre via our online reporting portal or on 0800 077 8778 to report flooding and request assistance. We work closely with local authorities who have responsibilities for road drainage, as well as for river and tidal flooding.

If you are receiving contact from residents regarding any storm-related sewer flooding in your area, there is a lot of useful information on our website, including details to help any affected customers contact Scottish Water directly – see . 

Up to date Flood Alerts and Warning can be found on the Floodline Scotland website

We will continue to monitor weather systems and alerts to ensure our customer response teams are ready to respond as quickly as possible to flooding events.

Melville Landfill Site August Update

Please find below a response to members of the public regarding odour complaints from Lower Melville Wood landfill. This was sent out on Friday 31 July 2020.

Thank you for making SEPA aware of the offensive odour emanating from Lower Melville Wood landfill either last night or early this morning (31 July 2020). It is disappointing that the landfill is still giving off offensive odours, despite the plastic liner (Capping) being laid.

I have notified the site manager of the number of complaints received (13) last night and early this morning.

The site manager informed me that he detected a strong landfill gas odour on the A92 at 07:30 on 31 July 2020. He then carried out an odour assessment to the west of the site. A faint odour was detected in the Giffordtown area. I did also receive five notifications regarding offensive odours in the Auchtermuchty area. 

The capping crew are on the site today laying a geotextile clay liner (GCL) over the plastic liner, which should prevent the further escape of landfill gas from the lined area. The lining material consists of a clay layer which will swell up with any moisture to from a seal. During these works this morning, a tear in the plastic liner was detected. This was repaired immediately and the GCL has now been laid over this part of the cell.

Resource Efficient Solutions have a mobile flare on order, to burn off the landfill gas generated in the cell. This is expected today. As the additional liner is being laid, two of the gas boreholes have been disconnected from the gas collection system. The gas pipework has to be removed to allow the GCL to be laid. The removal of the pipework may have allowed landfill gas to escape, as no gas extraction pressure would be applied to that area. This may be the reason for the landfill gas escaping over the evening period. 

Due to meteorological conditions, the odour intensity may have increased and impacted on residents. Air pressure has decreased over the evening, pushing gas out of any leaks. The escaping gas has not risen into the air and mixed in the atmosphere. As a result, the gas has travelled along the ground depending on any wind and its direction.

A SEPA officer, who resides in Auchtermuchty, detected the gas this morning. They have informed me that the landfill gas escaping was offensive. The landfill gas had dissipated by 10:30 am.

As Scotland continues to reduce its risk to the Coronavirus, restrictions on SEPA staff movement will ease and normal operating practice can resume. SEPA appreciate the public’s support during this difficult period.   

If you want to inform SEPA of offensive odours from the site please email

SEPA Update : Lower Melville Wood Landfill

This update covers the period from 16 May 2020 to 30 June 2020, and identifies what steps SEPA have taken to address the odour emissions from the landfill.

Please see the update sent to Community Councils (Friday 15 May 2020) regarding odour emissions from the site during April and May 2020.   

All SEPA staff are currently working from home but remain contactable through email. 

Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, we have adapted our incident response procedures. Protecting our staff, operators and the public is our highest priority. As a result, we will only carry out a site visit for events where our physical presence is necessary to rectify the incident. SEPA will continue to operate in line with Scottish Government coronavirus guidelines and where possible will use remote tactics to secure protection of the environment and human health. 

Under normal circumstances, SEPA undertakes routine and proactive odour assessments, which will be resumed as soon as practicable. In the meantime, SEPA appreciate the notifications from the public, which continue to alert us to an issue and press the operators for further actions.

Site Inspection

SEPA have created a new regulatory inspection regime for 2020. Under current lockdown restrictions, the way we normally undertake site inspections is not possible. A regulatory interaction with the site was undertaken on 28 May 2020. 

  1. The site has been relatively quiet over the last two months, with no third party wastes deposited. 
  2. Landfilling operations continue during the pandemic, although some wastes have been directed for incineration.
  3. Monthly monitoring, as required by permit conditions are still being undertaken by the operator.
  4. Composting is due to restart at the site. This may be used in the capping of the completed cells.
  5. In the coming months there will be more processing of skip wastes and household wastes received from Household Waste Recycling Centres.  
  6. The site manger identified that sufficient cover material is being applied at the end of the working day. These materials will prevent the escape of litter, stop scavenging by birds and suppress, to a limited extent, odours escaping. 

Variation to the Permit 

SEPA received an application on 22 June 2020 to vary the PPC permit. This application is request permission to allow the storage of Incinerator Bottom Ash (IBA) at the site and for the storage of bulk food wastes in an enclosed building.

Odours from the Permitted Site

Despite two sets of repairs to the landfill liner, SEPA has continued to receive complaints regarding odours.  

Total number of complaints received from 16 May 2020.  

DateNumber of complaints
21 May 20202
29 May 20203
30 May 20201

Total number of complaints for May 2020 was 39.
Complaints peaked on May 5, with 13 complaints received. See previous update. 
1 June 2020 1
2 June 20201
5 June 20201
8 June 2020 1
11 June 20201
14 June 20203
15 June 20201
16 June 20202
18 June 20201
20 June 20202
22 June 20201
24 June 20204
25 June 20201
26 June 20203

Total number of complaints for June 2020 was 23.Complaints peaked on 24 June 2020, with 4 complaints received.

The site manager, Michael Lee, has notified of the complaints received by SEPA. He has been undertaking odour assessments when travelling to work. Following increased complaints, he will be undertaking odour assessments when leaving the site at the end of the day. 

Some complainants have raised issues regarding his objectivity and SEPA accept that point. This is why SEPA are continuing to stress the importance of the local community making SEPA aware when they are experiencing problems with the site. As Scotland continues to reduce its risk to the Coronavirus. Restrictions on SEPA staff movement will ease and normal operating practice can resume. SEPA appreciate the public’s support during this difficult period.    

All complaints received from members of the public are being recorded. To date SEPA has received 536 complaints in 2020. 


Neil Morrison

Environment Protection Officer  

2 July 2020.

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