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Minute of Meeting of Elie and Royal Burgh of Earlsferry Community Council held on 2nd September 2019 in Elie Sailing Club

Present:  Mark Dickson (Chair), Shelagh Mackay, Angela Anderson, Patricia Ritchie, Jim Robertson, Angus Meldrum, Grizelda Cowan, Cllr Linda Holt

Apologies from Sandy Bingham and Councillors Bill Porteous and John Docherty

Declarations of interest: Mark and Grizelda both stated a personal interest into proposed development at the Grange site.

Police report: theft of two bikes left padlocked to bike rack at Toll Green bus stop. Cyclists to be reminded that even padlocked bikes might not be safe

Minutes of the previous meeting – amendment requested – Earlsferry Town Hall Group was looking for endorsement from CC for application for funding from Common Good Fund. Amended minutes accepted by all.

UPDATE FROM CHAIR

Mark noted that Elie had enjoyed a very busy and successful.

Mobile Phone Mast – planning has been approved for its siting just north of the school ref. 19/01860/TPN - https://planning.fife.gov.uk/online/applicationDetails.do?keyVal=PTYG9RHF19O00&activeTab=summary

Mark confirmed that Toll Green Hall will be up for sale – more on this later.

New proposed community councillor, Kirsty Barclay will attend next meeting.

CC marked Margaret Smith’s retiral from Elie Library with flowers and a gift. We wish her well in her retirement. Picture can be seen on CC Facebook.

Mark noted that someone had communicated to the Elie Environmental Action Group that the Community Council was nothing but critical of their work. Mark stressed that the CC is in no way critical and fully supports the work of the EAG. Mark referenced the minutes from the previous three meetings where the CC had publicly thanks all the hard work from the volunteers of the EAG in beatifying our village and that it was sad the CC was being misrepresented in such a way. Following a very productive meeting with Steve Blaney it was agreed that decision would be made at group’s AGM as to whether it wishes to continue to be affiliated with the CC or become independent. Whatever the decision Mark stressed that it would continue to have full support of the CC.

Merchant Navy Day on 3rd September – flag at Toll Green will be flown.

Community Council Development Day on 14th September – councillors invited to attend.

Results from beautiful Fife will be announced on 4th September, Rothes Halls at 7pm – Mark and Steve to attend. *

Meeting planned with Mark and representative from St Monans CC to discuss cycle path linking St Monans and Elie.

Playpark consultation for East Fife will take place in Pittenweem Town Hall from 27th November till end of December. Mark to inform Bridget Sneddon and parents of Elie Primary school children.

 

HISTORICAL SOCIETY

Graham Johnson confirmed that the Church has decided to sell Toll Green Hall and suggested that it be bought by the community via the Community Right to Buy Scheme.

Graham Meacher suggested that a Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation would be a good option. (For info on this scheme go to

https://www2.gov.scot/Publications/2009/01/SCIOsworkinggroupfaqs)

There are several funding sources available for this type of purchase. The CC supported the idea of a group to being set up to look into this ASAP as it is vital that such a body be registered prior to official sale announcement. It was also noted that any advert for the property must contain advice of any pre-emptive buyer.

 

ELIE FAYRE DAY GROUP

Shona Jones reported that the Group was looking for funding to provide increased connectivity within the village to provide community broadband and some CCTV. The CC thanked Fayre Day for all their hard work and is supportive and looks forward to hearing more of the new, innovative projects.

Further discussion took place re Toll Green Hall. It was decided that a Community Body be set up immediately to progress with members from the CC and all interested groups (History Society, Fayre Day and a representative of the Church congregation)– Graham Meacher, Shona Jones, Tricia Ritchie and Shelagh Mackay all volunteered. Others welcome.

 

EAST NEUK FORUM

Jim gave update from ENF meeting held on 21st August;

Application to Participatory Budget for local projects up £5k each were to be in by 2nd Sep – successful applicants will be decided by voting with result on 30th September.

Anstruther Improvements Group is working on Dreel Burn Restoration Project.

Reduced speed limit of 20 MPH was discussed. It was agreed that it would be more effective if our request was from all villages. Police Scotland Speed Watch has set up scheme to train volunteers to use speed cameras. This is in progress.

Out of Hours Group – progressing but still some issues to resolved.

Suggestion that future meetings, which rotate round the East Neuk, should be chaired by the CC Chair of the location of each meeting.

Next meeting in Anstruther in November – date to be advised.

 

LOCAL ACTION PLAN/LOCAL PROJECTS

20 attendees at public meeting last week. It was suggested that a 2nd meeting be held during the school holidays on 17th October.

It was agreed that we would continue to request a 20 MPH speed restriction in the village

The meeting agreed to endorse application from Earlsferry Town Hall Group for funding from Common Good Fund. £1200 requested toward cost of invasive survey of floor and clock tower. CC voted to support this project and will respond to Fife Council accordingly.

Application from Beach Group for £1274 has also been submitted on behalf of Community Council so no endorsement necessary for this application. It was noted that the Community Council did not vote on this request for funds and that any applications submitted by sub committees of the CC would require the Council’s approval before submitting for funds on the CC’s behalf.

Double yellow lines at Toft need to re-done. It as was agreed by all that last efforts to establish effective double yellow lines were, at best, totally ineffective.

Parking lines outside Earlsferry Town Hall are to be redone. As with the double yellows at the Toft, they are incorrect.

Driving range extension has been approved.

Thanks were extended to Cllr Bill Porteous who personally came to inspect flooding problems in the village. Public are urged to report all flooding/drainage issues to Fife Council.

 

ELIE AND EARLSFERRY ENVIRONMENTAL GROUP

Graham Meacher confirmed that the Group wish to remain as a sub-group of the Community Council and agreed to present informal reports on progress and plans on a regular basis. Question as to whether the Group needs separate insurance or are all their activities covered by CC insurance. Cllr Linda Holt to clarify.   

 

CAMPING AND CAMPER VANS AT RUBY BAY

A group has been set up to find a solution and we are awaiting progress from Fife Council. Meanwhile we were informed that Fife Coast and Countryside Trust is to go ahead with a study. **

 

MAJOR DEVELOPMENT

It was confirmed the CC’s Participation Request had been rejected by Fife Council. Angela raised issue with the CC submitting the Participation Request to Fife Council, not recalling the CC agreeing to this action. The rest of the CC recalled this had been agreed at a previous meeting and that Mark had offered to submit this.

Angela raised concern that the CC had not registered as a Statutory Consultee to Fife Council. The CC recalled that they were advised against this at the time by local Councillors as it would have gone to committee regardless. The Chair also stated this had been investigated and received advice from PAS, Planning Democracy, our local MSP as well as from reading the legislation – all confirmed that being a statutory consultee would not offer additional powers and only serves to put the CC on a mailing list for any updates. It was recognised while it would have done no harm for the CC to register, it would have only have allowed the CC 14 days to submit a response (rather than 21 days given otherwise). At the time the CC had opted to hold a public meeting in order to share information and gauge opinions which required more time.

Elie Estates has requested for the CC to share its correspondence with Fife Council concerning the major development application. It was agreed not to do so as communications between the CC and applicant should be done in conjunction with Fife Council. Alex Nairn, on behalf of Elie Estates has agreed to a meeting with the CC and Fife Planning to discuss some of the community’s positions towards the development. Our local MSP has agreed to help coordinate this meeting. Community Councillors agreed to provide agenda points for discussion within a week that could be submitted to Elie Estates.

TREASURER’S UPDATE

Accounts are still with accountants.

 

QUESTIONS FROM PUBLIC

Serious concern was expressed re large number of dangerous potholes on Ferry Road. Public urged to report these to Fife Council and any damage caused should be reported to sara.wilson@fife.gov.uk On line reports can be made via https://www.fifedirect.org.uk/topics/index.cfm?fuseaction=service.display&p2sid=05D59CCE-A90B-DB09-A13B4C43817D7574&fbclid=IwAR3_7IPQKF38zXXwFcNxkNTcMJ6CgJLJyJiNASh5LWOQM9NhJ7xSlLXFWWk

Date of next meeting Monday 7th October at Elie Sailing Club at 7.30pm.

* We have been awarded a Silver Gilt and nominated for the Heritage Award.

 

 

Minute of Meeting of Elie and Royal Burgh of Earlsferry Community Council held on 2nd September 2019 in Elie Sailing Club

 

Present:  Mark Dickson (Chair), Shelagh Mackay, Angela Anderson, Patricia Ritchie, Jim Robertson, Angus Meldrum, Grizelda Cowan, Cllr Linda Holt

Apologies from Sandy Bingham and Councillors Bill Porteous and John Docherty

 

Declarations of interest: Mark and Grizelda both stated a personal interest into proposed development at the Grange site.

 

Police report: theft of two bikes left padlocked to bike rack at Toll Green bus stop. Cyclists to be reminded that even padlocked bikes might not be safe

 

Minutes of the previous meeting – amendment requested – Earlsferry Town Hall Group was looking for endorsement from CC for application for funding from Common Good Fund. Amended minutes accepted by all.

 

UPDATE FROM CHAIR

Mark noted that Elie had enjoyed a very busy and successful.

Mobile Phone Mast – planning has been approved for its siting just north of the school ref. 19/01860/TPN - https://planning.fife.gov.uk/online/applicationDetails.do?keyVal=PTYG9RHF19O00&activeTab=summary

Mark confirmed that Toll Green Hall will be up for sale – more on this later.

New proposed community councillor, Kirsty Barclay will attend next meeting.

CC marked Margaret Smith’s retiral from Elie Library with flowers and a gift. We wish her well in her retirement. Picture can be seen on CC Facebook.

Mark noted that someone had communicated to the Elie Environmental Action Group that the Community Council was nothing but critical of their work. Mark stressed that the CC is in no way critical and fully supports the work of the EAG. Mark referenced the minutes from the previous three meetings where the CC had publicly thanks all the hard work from the volunteers of the EAG in beatifying our village and that it was sad the CC was being misrepresented in such a way. Following a very productive meeting with Steve Blaney it was agreed that decision would be made at group’s AGM as to whether it wishes to continue to be affiliated with the CC or become independent. Whatever the decision Mark stressed that it would continue to have full support of the CC.

Merchant Navy Day on 3rd September – flag at Toll Green will be flown.

Community Council Development Day on 14th September – councillors invited to attend.

Results from beautiful Fife will be announced on 4th September, Rothes Halls at 7pm – Mark and Steve to attend. *

Meeting planned with Mark and representative from St Monans CC to discuss cycle path linking St Monans and Elie.

Playpark consultation for East Fife will take place in Pittenweem Town Hall from 27th November till end of December. Mark to inform Bridget Sneddon and parents of Elie Primary school children.

 

 

HISTORICAL SOCIETY

Graham Johnson confirmed that the Church has decided to sell Toll Green Hall and suggested that it be bought by the community via the Community Right to Buy Scheme.

Graham Meacher suggested that a Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation would be a good option. (For info on this scheme go to

https://www2.gov.scot/Publications/2009/01/SCIOsworkinggroupfaqs)

There are several funding sources available for this type of purchase. The CC supported the idea of a group to being set up to look into this ASAP as it is vital that such a body be registered prior to official sale announcement. It was also noted that any advert for the property must contain advice of any pre-emptive buyer.

 

ELIE FAYRE DAY GROUP

Shona Jones reported that the Group was looking for funding to provide increased connectivity within the village to provide community broadband and some CCTV. The CC thanked Fayre Day for all their hard work and is supportive and looks forward to hearing more of the new, innovative projects.

Further discussion took place re Toll Green Hall. It was decided that a Community Body be set up immediately to progress with members from the CC and all interested groups (History Society, Fayre Day and a representative of the Church congregation)– Graham Meacher, Shona Jones, Tricia Ritchie and Shelagh Mackay all volunteered. Others welcome.

 

EAST NEUK FORUM

Jim gave update from ENF meeting held on 21st August;

Application to Participatory Budget for local projects up £5k each were to be in by 2nd Sep – successful applicants will be decided by voting with result on 30th September.

Anstruther Improvements Group is working on Dreel Burn Restoration Project.

Reduced speed limit of 20 MPH was discussed. It was agreed that it would be more effective if our request was from all villages. Police Scotland Speed Watch has set up scheme to train volunteers to use speed cameras. This is in progress.

Out of Hours Group – progressing but still some issues to resolved.

Suggestion that future meetings, which rotate round the East Neuk, should be chaired by the CC Chair of the location of each meeting.

Next meeting in Anstruther in November – date to be advised.

 

LOCAL ACTION PLAN/LOCAL PROJECTS

20 attendees at public meeting last week. It was suggested that a 2nd meeting be held during the school holidays on 17th October.

It was agreed that we would continue to request a 20 MPH speed restriction in the village

The meeting agreed to endorse application from Earlsferry Town Hall Group for funding from Common Good Fund. £1200 requested toward cost of invasive survey of floor and clock tower. CC voted to support this project and will respond to Fife Council accordingly.

Application from Beach Group for £1274 has also been submitted on behalf of Community Council so no endorsement necessary for this application. It was noted that the Community Council did not vote on this request for funds and that any applications submitted by sub committees of the CC would require the Council’s approval before submitting for funds on the CC’s behalf.

Double yellow lines at Toft need to re-done. It as was agreed by all that last efforts to establish effective double yellow lines were, at best, totally ineffective.

Parking lines outside Earlsferry Town all are to be redone. As with the double yellows at the Toft, they are incorrect.

Driving range extension has been approved.

Thanks were extended to Cllr Bill Porteous who personally came to inspect flooding problems in the village. Public are urged to report all flooding/drainage issues to Fife Council.

 

ELIE AND EARLSFERRY ENVIRONMENTAL GROUP

Graham Meacher confirmed that the Group wish to remain as a sub-group of the Community Council and agreed to present informal reports on progress and plans on a regular basis. Question as to whether the Group needs separate insurance or are all their activities covered by CC insurance. Cllr Linda Holt to clarify.   

 

CAMPING AND CAMPER VANS AT RUBY BAY

A group has been set up to find a solution and we are awaiting progress from Fife Council. Meanwhile we were informed that Fife Coast and Countryside Trust is to go ahead with a study. **

 

MAJOR DEVELOPMENT

It was confirmed the CC’s Participation Request had been rejected by Fife Council. Angela raised issue with the CC submitting the Participation Request to Fife Council, not recalling the CC agreeing to this action. The rest of the CC recalled this had been agreed at a previous meeting and that Mark had offered to submit this.

 

Angela raised concern that the CC had not registered as a Statutory Consultee to Fife Council. The CC recalled that they were advised against this at the time by local Councillors as it would have gone to committee regardless. The Chair also stated this had been investigated and received advice from PAS, Planning Democracy, our local MSP as well as from reading the legislation – all confirmed that being a statutory consultee would not offer additional powers and only serves to put the CC on a mailing list for any updates. It was recognised while it would have done no harm for the CC to register, it would have only have allowed the CC 14 days to submit a response (rather than 21 days given otherwise). At the time the CC had opted to hold a public meeting in order to share information and gauge opinions which required more time.

 

Elie Estates has requested for the CC to share its correspondence with Fife Council concerning the major development application. It was agreed not to do so as communications between the CC and applicant should be done in conjunction with Fife Council. Alex Nairn, on behalf of Elie Estates has agreed to a meeting with the CC and Fife Planning to discuss some of the community’s positions towards the development. Our local MSP has agreed to help coordinate this meeting. Community Councillors agreed to provide agenda points for discussion within a week that could be submitted to Elie Estates.

TREASURER’S UPDATE

Accounts are still with accountants.

 

QUESTIONS FORM PUBLIC

Serious concern was expressed re large number of dangerous potholes on Ferry Road. Public urged to report these to Fife Council and any damage caused should be reported to sara.wilson@fife.gov.uk On line reports can be made via https://www.fifedirect.org.uk/topics/index.cfm?fuseaction=service.display&p2sid=05D59CCE-A90B-DB09-A13B4C43817D7574&fbclid=IwAR3_7IPQKF38zXXwFcNxkNTcMJ6CgJLJyJiNASh5LWOQM9NhJ7xSlLXFWWk

 

Date of next meeting Monday 7th October at Elie Sailing Club at 7.30pm.

 

* We have been awarded a Silver Gilt and nominated for the Heritage Award.

 

** Since then Robbie Blyth, Operations Manager for FCCT has agreed to undertake a study to explore options that will help manage the challenges and look at the possible opportunities that Freedom Camping brings to our communities.

 

 

Minute of Meeting of Elie and Royal Burgh of Earlsferry Community Council held on 5th August 2019 in Elie Sailing Club

Present:  Mark Dickson (Chair), Shelagh Mackay, Angela Anderson, Patricia Ritchie, Jim Robertson, Angus Meldrum, Sandy Bingham, Grizelda Cowan, Cllrs John Docherty, Bill Porteous and Linda Holt

No Declarations of interest.

No Police report this month.

Minutes of the previous meeting - proposed by Shelagh, seconded by Angus

UPDATE FROM CHAIR

Mark noted that the village had a enjoyed a busy July – Triathlon, beach rugby and cricket, cinema in Earlsferry Town Hall, football on Nairn Park, several art exhibitions Elie Fayre day on Toll Green which was a big success.

With regards to the Triathlon Angela expressed concerns about possible dangers. We were assured that, in future, either a different route will be followed or cars will be stopped while the bike race is on. David Smith will be happy to receive any further feedback.

Grateful thanks were expressed to all the volunteers of the Environmental Group who have been working relentlessly to make the village look beautiful. The ‘Beautiful Fife’ judges have been, results expected in September and it is hoped after all the volunteers’ efforts that we might receive a grade up from Silver Gilt this year.

Mark confirmed that, following a ‘hit and run’ incident  on road between Elie and Ardross a man has been arrested.

Plans for cycle Path – the East Neuk 50 Group is planning a link between Elie and St Monans, hoping for funding from FC Participatory Budgeting which can allocate up to £5k per project.

Concern over number of camper vans at Ruby Bay car park continues. It was noted that the old sign had been removed leaving only sign the camper vans should keep to lower car park but that this request is frequently ignored. Plan to meet with Fife Council to discuss way forward. Angela suggested a Pay and Display system giving that in Longniddry as an example. *

Margaret Smith is retiring from library after many years. It was agreed that CC should mark her retirement with a gift and flowers.

COUNCILLORS’ REPORTS

John Docherty

Informed us that the dog warden service has changed and that it deals only with dangerous dogs. The Safer Community Team now deals with dog fouling problems.

Parking bays at Earlsferry Town Hall will be in place soon.

Linda Holt

The Participatory Budgeting Scheme is a scheme for community projects. £20k is available from planning budget for projects to benefit the East Neuk from any resident of the area. Up to £5k can be applied for and decision will be by vote with deadline early September. East Neuk Community Forum meeting at Crail Town Hall on 21st August.

Bill Porteous

O2 mobile phone mast – planning application has been submitted with some amendments – see 19/01860/TPN on FC planning website.

Double yellow lines outside Ship Inn – it was admitted that an error has been made – too many yellow lines and some in wrong place. Meeting was assured that this would be rectified.

Burnt out car in lay-by outside Ardross – there is a Police Aware sign

TREASURER’S REPORT – no update this month.

COMMUNITY ACTION PLAN

Hard copies to be made available from CC and at Library. Public presentation to be arranged.

PLAYPARK COMMITTE UPDATE

Grizelda to ask Bridget Sneddon to chase Allan Bisset re proposals and advice on funding possibilities.

BEACH GROUP

Application for fencing from Lottery Funding was rejected; has applied to Common Good Fund and awaiting decision from FC.

ENVIRONMENTAL GROUP

As already noted thanks have been expressed to all volunteers of the group. Angus expressed need for EAG to work more closely with CC. Regular reports to CC have been requested from a representative of group.

Judging of gardens and window boxes will take place at end of August by Jim Robertson, Angela Anderson and Bob Mitchell, on behalf of CC

PLANNING MATTERS

2 new communications from SEPA have been made and replies from Elie Estate Trust – all on FC planning website, refs 18/03578 and 18/03579.

Phone mast already tabled in Cllr Porteous’ update.

Change of Use from stove shop at corner of Rankeillor Street to takeway – still awaiting decision – meeting on 21st August but as s yet no new info on FC planning website 19/00278/FULL.

EARLSFERRY TOWN HALL STEERING GROUP

Requests approval from CC to apply for £1200 from Common Good Fund.

Cinema showing ‘Incredibles’ on Sunday11th and ‘Bohemian Rhapsody on 25th August.

AOCB

It was noted that there has been a larger number of beach bonfires this summer and concern was expressed about the amount of litter left after some of them. It was agreed that CC would request, via social media, that all litter should be cleared up.

As a result of recent storms there has been significant flooding at Chapel Green Lane, bottom of Ferry Road, The Terrace to South Street, Glovers Wynd and at The Toft. It was agreed the FC should be notified every time flooding occurs.

Parking continues to pose problems in the village. It was noted that Police cannot issue parking tickets but if blocking pavement etc Police can charge with obstruction.

Renewed street signs – still ongoing.

It was noted that one of the posts at Chapel Green is broken.

Damage to wall by houses in Boat Wynd – owners have agreed to mend.

Concern over human excrement in dunes by Ruby Bay carpark. Environmental Agency to be contacted.

Date of next meeting Monday 2nd September at Elie Sailing Club 7.30pm.

* Since then, following sudden arrival of barrier, a sub-group has been formed to discuss progress with Fife Council.

 

Minutes 2019

 Minute of Meeting of Elie and Royal Burgh of Earlsferry Community Council held on 3rd June 2019 in Elie Sailing Club

 

Present:  Mark Dickson (Chair), Angus Meldrum, Angela Anderson, Shelagh Mackay, Jim Robertson, Sandy Bingham, Grizelda Cowan, Patricia Ritchie, Cllrs John Docherty and Linda Holt

 

No Declarations of interest.

 

Police report provided by PC Stecka and PC Wallace

Various thefts have been reported including bench.

Report of dog savaging sheep at Ardross – offender still unidentified.

Report of a suspicious vehicle at Pavilion, a grey Ford Focus on 31st May between 22.00 and 23.30. Checking with GHC CCTV.

An action plan is to take place to address speeding issues in the village.

CC informed that Police can no longer issue parking tickets – and a request must be made to Fife Council for traffic wardens to attend from time to time.

New police officers are looking into the theft of furniture from Earlsferry Town Hall.

Police officers left at 7.45 – Chair expressed our thanks for attending

 

Minutes of the previous meeting - proposed by Angus, seconded by Shelagh

 

UPDATE FROM CHAIR

ACTION

Mark noted that an AGM should take place shortly – agreed to hold at next CC meeting on 21st July

Village was busy at Easter with loads of activities including Scarecrow Festival, cinema club, cricket on beach, golf competitions and History Society walks – all well attended

Main Elie Beach and Ruby Bay have both been awarded Beach Award from Keep Scotland Beautiful.

Jim Robertson to give report from North East Fife Community Council meeting.

Going Forth - working on final draft which will be published in a few weeks once reviewed by the CC. The launch will be publicised for the public.

Out of hours Group – awaiting decision from Implementation Joint Board

East Neuk Responders group – training is to be offered to all local businesses – more information to follow.

20 MPH Zone – it was confirmed that, in order for this to be the put in place on a main road there has to be reports of a serious accident unless there is huge community support for such a speed limit. A petition to N E Fife Area Committee Councillors can overrule this decision. More speed strips are to be installed and it is expected the results of Going Forth report will confirm local support.

It was confirmed that we can request traffic wardens to address parking problems – Cllr John Docherty to look into this.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cllr John Docherty

COUNCILLORS’ REPORTS

 

Nothing to report.

 

 

TREASURER’S REPORT

Income and Expenditure Account for year ending 31st March has been prepared. This will be available to view separately.

 

 

Angus

PLAYPARK COMMITTE UPDATE

Grizelda to ask Bridget Sneddon to chase Allan Bisset re proposals and advice on funding possibilities.

 

 

Grizelda

BEACH GROUP

Sourcing funding for fencing for Earlsferry dune site. Aprox. £1000 required – Angela optimistic.

 

 

Angela

ENVIRONMENTAL GROUP

Various planters have been installed throughout the village.

Judging for Beautiful Fife will be on 22nd July – request to have pavements sprayed prior to this. Cllr Linda Holt to action.

Anyone wishing to volunteer to join the group should contact Steve Blaney or Graham Meacher.

Bins and litter – it is understood that all litter bins in E &E are serviced daily but there seems to be some doubt as to whether this is the case. Cllr Linda Holt to investigate

James Braid sign – thanks to History Society for repositioning it and thanks to Elie Golf House and Thistle Clubs for their contributions.

 

 

 

 

Cllr Linda Holt

PLANNING MATTERS

 

Proposed housing development on land adjacent to phone exchange – Public Consultation to be held Elie Church Hall 7th June 3pm – 7pm.

 

 

 

AOCB

Agreed to do a call out for volunteers to raise and take down flag at Toll Green when necessary.

Request to Fife Council to consider installing electric car charger point but committee felt that this would not be appropriate due to lack of parking provision as it is.

Broken pane at bus stop at Toll Green – Carol Birrell is on to it!

Thanks were noted to Sandy and Martin for cutting the football pitch grass and to Donald Thomson who has agreed to cut it in future. Question was asked as to why verges on road beside football pitch have not been cut.

Angus raised problem of dogs out of control on the beach – dog warden to be alerted.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Date of next meeting Monday 1st July at Elie Sailing Club immediately after AGM at 7.30pm.

 

 

 

 

 

Minutes of Meeting of Elie and Royal Burgh of Earlsferry Community Council held on 1st April 2019 in Elie Sailing Club 

Present:  Mark Dickson (Chair), Jim Robertson, Sandy Bingham, Grizelda Cowan, Patricia Ritchie, Shelagh Mackay, Cllrs Bill Porteous, John Docherty, Linda Holt

Apologies from: Angus Meldrum, Angela Anderson

Declarations of interest from: Mark, Grizelda and Sandy re Elie Estate planning proposals

Minutes of the previous meeting - proposed by Jim Robertson, seconded by Sandy Bingham

UPDATE FROM CHAIR

Going Forth Charrette

On going, being conducted by PAS who have been happy with attendance at workshops. Follow up drop in session in Earlsferry Town Hall on 13th April, 2pm – 6pm. CC members asked to spread the word and encourage folk to attend. Mark to forward Going Forth newsletters  to all CC members

Fayre Day app - to be launched next week. This will show a comprehensive What’s On in Elie and Earlsferry.

 

COUNCILLORS’ REPORTS

Cllr John Docherty

Roadworks on Links Road have started and these will continue on to Earlsferry and Chapel green. New parking bay lines will be made outside Earlsferry Town Hall and upgrading of street signs are ongoing. Surprise was expressed that, once again, work was taking place during a very busy holiday period.

Cllr Bill Porteous

Two planning applications for new phone mast are being considered – 1 behind wall by 30MPH sign and 1 slightly modified and smaller mast on roadside close to BT building. We await decision of which will be approved.

Scottish laws on domestic abuse now include financial and coercive abuse.

There has been a hold up re double yellow lines proposed for outside Ship Inn – sand was cleared but unfortunately it returned before lines were painted. This will be re-addressed.

Cllr Linda Holt

Still trying to chase up mystery of theft of furniture from Earlsferry Town Hall. Mark to contact Louise Ness who takes hall bookings, to ask if she was aware of any activity.

 

TREASURER’S REPORT

£25k now in bank to pay PAS. Payment will be made on Angus’s return, probably in 2 stages.

 

EAST NEUK FORUM UPDATE

At last ENF meeting on 27th February Woodside play park was discussed and, as a result, Fife Council Parks Development Officer, Alan Bisset, met with members of E&ECC to discuss way forward. He advised that the park would be redesigned and that he would come back with suggested designs and advice on funding opportunities. *

There continues to be some support for 20MPH restrictions to be set in all East Neuk villages. CC agreed to wait for findings of Charette before requesting that all of Elie should be a 20MPH zone.

CC was advised that 2020 is ‘Year of Coast and Waters’ and grants are available for community projects.

(more info from ‘https://www.visitscotland.org/supporting-your-business/marketing-toolkits/year-of-coasts-and-waters-2020 )

There was a discussion on provision of a ‘multiuse path joining up all East Neuk Villages – we await progress on this.

E&ECC requested that at next ENF meeting Fife Council should be asked for a reduction in hiring fees for CCs wishing to use community halls for meetings.

 

FAYRE DAY AGM

Fayre Day group have a packed programme for forthcoming year including Scarecrow Festival 3rd – 6th May, Fayre Day itself on 13th July and various Christmas activities.

The new app showing a comprehensive What’s On guide is to be launched week beginning 8th April.

 

BEACH GROUP

No update at present.

 

ENVIRONMENTAL GROUP

Replanting of tubs and baskets planned for end of April. Hanging baskets are to be watered by same folk as in previous years.

Flagpole to be taken down and fixed so that flags fly properly.

 

PLANNING MATTERS

Letter of objection to be submitted to FC re Elie Estates planning proposals is nearly finalised – Mark to circulate to members of CC for final amendments/additions.

It was pointed out at last meeting it was agreed that CC should ‘write to Fife Council expressing concerns about the disposal of resulting commercial and public rubbish, additional litter on Toll Green and emission of exhaust fumes’ from the proposals for a new fast food restaurant. However as no one was asked to action this has not been done. Mark agreed to check closing date for comments and action if still time.

 

AOCB

CC has received request to fly Red Ensign on 3rd September, Merchant Navy Day. Jim to contact veterans to arrange small ceremony.

Discussion on painting of white borders round tubs on pavements to avoid accidents. Environmental Group to be asked to action this.

Bill Porteous pointed out that we should have a police report at every meeting. Mark to contact local police to advise them of forthcoming meetings and request report and/or police presence at meetings.

Date of next meeting Monday 6th May, 7.30 at Elie Sailing Club

 

* Since then a Parents’ Group has been formed in conjunction with Going Forth and wish to be informed when Alan Bisset comes back with his proposed deigns and funding advice.

 

Minutes of the Elie and Earlsferry Community Council Meeting

On Monday 4th March 2019 at 7.30pm

1.In the absence of both the chairman and the vice chairman, Angus Meldrum took the chair.

2. Apologies had been received from Mark Dickson, Shelagh Mackay Wilson and Grizelda Cowan.

3. The minutes of the last meeting held on 4 February were agreed. Proposed by Trisha Ritchie and seconded by Angela Anderson.

4. Matters arising:

Angela Anderson provided an update on the Out of Hours service. Progress is being made. The team from the Fife Health and Social Care Partnership have been visiting the GP practices in the area and consulting on any relevant issues and problems relating to the service and potential solutions. This information is to be collated and used at a series of workshops which will take place shortly to create the new model for the Out of Hours service in NE Fife.  Information on the proposed new model will be put before the Implementation Joint Board in April, hopefully for endorsement.

Angela Anderson also gave an update on the Elie & Earlsferry Environmental Action Group who had visited the Dundee and Angus Pallet Recycling Centre regarding the purchase of new larger planters for the outskirts of the village.

Jim Roberston gave an update on the meeting of the East Neuk Forum (notes attached). The Community Council need to contact Fife Council’s Green Space Officer to arrange a site visit to the playpark at Woodside. {Jim Robertson has subsequently agreed to do that}.

Speed limits and other non planning matters were agreed to be carried forward to the next meeting.

5. Planning Matters

The Community Council discussed the application to open a hot food takeaway at 1 Rankeillor Street. They agreed to write to Fife Council expressing concerns about the disposal of resulting commercial and public rubbish, additional litter on Toll Green and emission of exhaust fumes.

There followed a short discussion on the planning application for 25 houses at The Grange. It was noted that the response from the Community Council was in the process of being drafted. It was understood that Alex Nairn had requested an extension to the deadline by which comments needed to be submitted to Fife Council.

6. Jim Roberston brought a form that was available at the newsagents for people to communicate to the Community Council. It required to be updated.

He also brought a complaint from a member of the public regarding the reduced frequency of bin collection outside Isaac Mackie House. Angus Meldrum agreed to forward it to one of our Councillors.

 

Minute of Meeting of Elie and Royal Burgh of Earlsferry Community Council

held on Monday 4th February  in Elie Sailing Club

 

Present:  Mark Dickson (Chair), Trisha Ritchie, Jim Robertson, Shelagh Mackay, Angus Meldrum, Angela Anderson, Grizelda Cowan, Sandy Bingham, Cllrs John Docherty and Linda Holt

Apologies from: Cllr Bill Porteous

Minute of the previous meeting was proposed by Trisha, seconded by Shelagh

 

Shelagh informed meeting of a declaration of interest re a planning application amendment to an existing application re rear render, removal of 3 windows & retaining rear wall at 8 The Terrace.

 

ACTION

Chairman’s Update

  • We have been advised that the planning application from Elie Estates will be ‘live’ this week.
  • Fife Council has intimated that it will be paying heed to all Community Action Plans. Local legislation going through whereby FC will act on results of charrettes and Community Action Plans. As a result of various CAPs it has become clear that all East Neuk villages have similar issues they wish to be addressed. Agreement to collaborate with other villages to present a united voice to FC.
  • PAS, a citizens advice charity, has been appointed to conduct the Charrette. Proposed dates: 28th, 29th and 30 March – drop in workshops to be held in Earlsferry Town Hall with follow up event on 13th April. Trisha to book Hall for these.
  • Fayre Day is about to launch a ‘What’s On in Elie’ app – more details to follow.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Trisha

 

 

Councillors’ reports

Linda Holt:

As the land behind Earlsferry Town Hall appears to have been ‘appropriated’ by owner of ‘the Wee House’ efforts are being made to track down title and receive assurances from FC that this land will not be sold.

Meeting was informed that there is a FC fund available for use prior to a CAT – Trisha and Linda to investigate.

ETH table and chairs are still missing. Mark to check with Janice Laird, caretaker, dates that the crèche operated and to when furniture was moved from Council room to hall stage.Acting head at Waid Academy has expressed concern over Charrette conductors interviewing pupils at school. Suggestion that perhaps these discussions could take place on school bus. Mark to liaise with Heather Laird.

John Docherty:Meeting was assured that the various village issues including street signs to be upgraded, double yellow lines outside Ship Inn, new parking spaces outside Earlsferry Town Hall and disabled bays at the chemist's and Town Hall, are all on FC’s ‘To do’ list. As for disrepair of road at Chapel Green it was suggesteded that there was little point in addressing this until planning application for new house had been decided on.

There is a predicted rise of high tides from 350mm to 500mm by 2023. An estimated spend of £42.8m will be required to protect Fife Coastline.

 

 

Trisha, Linda

 

 

 

Mark

 

 

 

 

Village amenities, streets and parking issues

  • East Neuk Community Forum meeting scheduled for March at which it is hoped that a decision re Elie Playpark equipment will be made.
  • It was confirmed that the ETH piano was gifted to Fayre Day
  • Road closure at main road end of Ferry Road. It was noted that work had started earlier than originally intimated and that it was hoped that it was nearly complete.
  • New phone mast – awaiting update.

 

Beach Group

  • Ivy has been removed from the dunes at Earlsferry as it has very shallow roots and is insufficient to stabilise the dunes. The site is being left fallow for one year to ensure there is no regrowth. Any regrowth of ivy will be tackled by the local beachside home-owner. Marram grass will then be transplanted onto the dunes this autumn with the help of the students from Elmwood College.
  • Further fencing is required and cash for this is being sought.
  • Concern has been expressed re removal of sand from beach. Trisha asked about the authority for the sand removal - Angela will email her with details. Meeting was assured that EGHC is permitted to remove an annually defined amount of sand from the area on the east side at the bottom of Telford Lane.
  • Very grateful thanks were extended to all those who conduct litter sweeps in the village and on the beach.

 

Environmental Action Group

Meeting to be held on 12th February at which plans for forthcoming season will be discussed. Volunteers are always welcome.

 

 

Jim

Possible renovation of water fountain at Toll Green

It was agreed that renovation of existing fountain would be impossible but that we should look into provision of a new drinking fountain adjacent.

It was agreed that a search would-be conducted to locate old documents/archives. Angela to ask Graham.*

 

 

Mark

 

Angela

Planning Group

It was noted that application for the re-location of a pulley beam and for the installation of a set of glazed doors with a Juliet balcony at Flat 5 The Granary had been refused.

 

 

 

 

Communications

Thanks were expressed to those who had contributed to our Facebook site. Discussions to take place on how to improve this.

Thanks also expressed to Graham Johnston for his informative and very entertaining Elie Herald.

Mark, Grizelda

AOCB

  • Elie School has expressed concern over the amount of dog mess in the streets. Residents are encouraged to report anyone not picking up after their dog. More bins have been requested. Suggestion that the Elie school children might make some posters which could be put up round the village.
  • Out of Hours Group. Fife Health and Social Care Partnership has acknowledged the Group’s requests and the decision to close St Andrews is being reconsidered.
  • Scottish Government Consultation of Fireworks information - https://consult.gov.scot/safer-communities/fireworks/?fbclid=IwAR2IM-1HXgzYrikOyVTI0CgpQHsK3Cw21coo2d111e1fXw7WnG_c5eZms1U-  to be shared on our Facebook.
  • Earlsferry Town Hall activities: The next screening is ‘Jumanji Welcome to the Jungle’ on 17th February at 4pm. In addition there is Line Dancing on a Tuesday afternoon at 4.00pm, Strength & Balance class on Thursdays at 10.00am, short tennis at 3.45pm on Fridays and Kids Club at 6.30pm on 15th Feb, 1st March and 4th April. Website coming shortly!.

 

Angus

 

 

 

 

 

Date of next meeting: Monday 4th March, Elie Sailing Cub

 

 

* Since then we have been informed that there is a large box of CC documents in the Elie library.

Minute of Meeting of Elie and Royal Burgh of Earlsferry Community Council held on Monday 7th January 2019 in Sailing Club

Present:  Mark Dickson (Chair), Trisha Ritchie, Jim Robertson, Shelagh Mackay, Angus Meldrum, Angela Anderson, Grizelda Cowan, Cllr Bill Porteous

Apologies from: Cllrs Linda Holt and John Docherty

Minutes of the previous meeting were proposed by Trisha, seconded by Grizelda

Chairman’s Update

  • Mark expressed our thanks to Fayre Day group for all the recent Christmas events and decorations throughout the village.
  • It was acknowledged that there had been issues over litter in village and on beach and some anti social fireworks over Christmas holiday period. Meeting agreed to postpone further discussion on these till end of the year and agreed that some well sited friendly notices might be put up next December.
  • Mark apologised for the misunderstanding re the vote from last meeting re communication with public re planning issues. Agreed to make decisions clearer in future.
  • It was noted the planning for the Elie Estates development has been submitted but, as yet, no notification from Fife Council Planning Dept. 
  • Mark informed meeting that he had met with Willie Rennie MSP to discuss local issues and reported that WR would like to be kept up to date with all local issues.

Councillors’ reports

  • Bill  Porteous reported that:
  • Bins behind church have all been emptied
  • Ferry Road is to close from 31st January to 6th February from St Ford Cottages to junction with main road to allow for BT work.
  • He attended site visit for new Madras – to go to planning on 9th Jan. *
  • Meeting at end of December looked at possible new site for mobile mast behind Woodside Road in wooded area belonging to Elie Estates. Application for this site to be submitted to planning. CC agreed to provide letter of support for this location when more information is available.
  • Discussions still on-going on whether Elie should have a 20MPH speed limit

Position of secretary for CC

Grizelda has agreed to take minutes at meetings and Mark has agreed to take over other secretarial duties, delegating when appropriate.

PROJECTS

Charette

Mark confirmed that a grant of £25k from Scottish Government has been approved. Of the 4 groups approached 2 have submitted offers. The appointed group is expected to conduct the Charette during the February school half term when it is expected that there will be more people in the village.  

Possible renovation of water fountain at Toll Green

As yet no reply from St Andrews CC re their fountain in Market Street and we are still trying to find results of original feasibility study conducted some years ago. It was agreed that if it is not possible to renovate existing water fountain CC would look into possibility of installing a new one.

Village amenities, streets and parking issues

  • Street signs to be upgraded.
  • Lights past Toft still not working
  • Still waiting for double yellow lines outside Ship Inn
  • Still waiting for new parking spaces outside Earlsferry Town Hall to be marked. It is also hoped to include disabled bays at the chemist's and Town Hall.
  • Disrepair of road at Chapel Green – still awaiting action from Fife Council
  • Replacement of play park equipment – there is to be an East Neuk Forum meeting this month at which it is hoped there will be some movement on this.
  • Disappearance of table and chairs from ETH. History Society has been asked if they have any photos of said items which could be used for a possible insurance claim. Still trying to ascertain when they were last seen. Willie Rennie has agreed to look into this for us.
  • Jim Robertson asked if the piano last seen below stage on left was also missing.

Beach Group

Fencing along dunes at Elie end is now all in place and all ivy has been removed. Replanting of marram grass by Elmwood students is on-going with grass being taken from dunes at harbour.

Environmental Action Group

Not a lot of action at the moment but lots of planning in progress. It was noted with pleasure that Elie and Earlsferry had improved on their 2017 score in 2018 and had been awarded Silver Gilt but still chasing that Beautiful Fife Gold Award.

Plans to develop links by Lady’s Tower and at Saucher Point to provide shelter for feathered migrants. Plans to plant appropriate shrubs etc to encourage birds to rest.

Emergency Planning Group

Mark to liaise with Steve Blaney to provide info on contacts and action in case of emergency.

Planning Committe

No new planning applications causing concern. **

AOCB

Angus questioned reason for new bus stop outside old RBS bank.

Angela informed meeting that Graham Johnston would be happy to include any CC business in his next Elie Herald.

Angela also brought up apparent problem with ATM which is flashing up a picture of a debit card when dispensing cash. This has been reported to RBS.***

Request was made to the EAG that white bands should be put round planters to avoid accidents

Date of next meeting: Monday 4th February, Elie Sailing Cub

* Since then it has been announced that planning permission for new Madras has been granted.

** Since then application for the re-location of a pulley beam and for the installation of a set of glazed doors with a Juliet balcony at Flat 5 The Granary has been refused.

*** Since then this issue has been resolved and ATM is safe to use. 

 

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