Burntisland Community Council
Minutes of Meeting held in the Burgh Chambers on
Friday14th August 2009
Present: A MacDonald (Chair)
R Smith (Vice Chair)
A Grant (Treasurer)
G Ritchie (Secretary
H Leuchars (Minutes)
T Hailey, C Dewar, G Lowe, M Douglas, S, Purves
Councillor R Edwards, Councillor G Kay
1 Apologies for Absence
Councillor S Leslie; G McGregor, S McGregor, R Blanchard, Sgt E Potter
G Lowe requested to leave
8 Members of public
2 Minutes of Previous meeting (12.6.09)
B Smith proposed adoption on the minutes as a true and correct record & seconded by A Grant.
3 Notification of Community Concerns for discussion under ‘Any other Business’ - as section 9.
4 Police Report; Sgt Potter on annual leave and advised contact for any pressing matters from the meeting otherwise she will submit her report next month.
6 (a) Secretary’s report
Dates of Guest speakers attending
11th September Michaela
Sullivan Head of Planning – Forth Ports
9th October Anne Marie Dewar Regional Community Manager – Scottish Water.
Town Notice Board; We have been advised that the decision on our Application to obtain funding from the Common Good Fund to match agreed Sponsorship will be decided at a Fife Council Area meeting on 2nd September.
Planning approval has been granted and quotations are in hand ready for ordering
The board assembly from the manufacturer.
(b) Treasurer’s report
Accounts have been submitted to Fife Council showing a balance of £3,553.86. The free funds are about £2,000 after provision for possible Burgh Buzz printing and floral enhancement costs.
7 Business carried forward
Burntisland Sports Group – Gillian Lowe
A meeting is to be held August 20th at the Fire Station with the aim of recruiting volunteer members of the public to distribute News letters and questionnaire (4,000) throughout the town. The News letters are requesting the public's views on possible sports facilities and are to be returned on completion to the Post Office on the High Street.
7.2 Review of Community Council Scheme - A MacDonald and B Smith
The Community Council has been asked to
reply with their views on latest proposed l review from Fife Council and A
MacDonald and B Smith responded accordingly on behalf of
a) Should minimum age be reduced to 16yrs? Yes
b) Should elections be four years instead of three? Yes
c) If members fall below 50% should Community Council cease? (Agree to 40%) No
number of meetings to be 6 previously 4?
e) Complaints between Community Councillors to be referred to Fife Council? No
7.3 Review of Local Planning Applications – Tim Hailey
Mainly domestic applications made during summer recess. Non-domestic relate to Antenna at Fire Station and Change of use old Co-op building to Dance Studio.
7.4 Burgh Buzz – Editorial assistance is required and volunteers are urgently required
To help get the very popular publication up and running again.
7.5 Community Council’s Asset Register – Alex MacDonald
Assets of £500 or more are being listed separately with those below that figure being grouped together e.g. total number planters as an entity and total outfit of Christmas lights
7.6 (a) Christmas Lights – Gillian Lowe reported the following in the absence of the convenor Gordon Mc Gregor
Recommendation that 2 lights formally at West end of High Street not be replaced due to brackets not being compatible with the location. Prices for two new style brackets are to be obtained on a trial basis to ascertain whether they are more suitable.
icicle lights at the
At least 3 tenders to erect lights are being sought from electrical contractors and grant funding applications are in progress.
7.6 (b) Burntisland Blooms – Sheila McGregor report in absence
Results will not be revealed until Beautiful Fife Awards Ceremony in Rothes Halls, Glenrothes in mid September.
In the early part of 2009 traffic calming measures
were introduced on
An automated speed survey carried out
0-25mph 38.3% 26-30mph 47.5% 31-35mph 12.3%
36-40mph 1.5% 41-45mph 0.3% 46-50mph 0.1%
Fife Council Transportation accepts that the current calming measures in place are not popular or effective and they have since arrived at 4 alternative options with item 2 & 3 being their preferences.
1) Remove the central refuges (islands) and the hatching and replace them with kerbed build outs to extend each footway into the road so that traffic in each direction is adjacent to the centre of the road.
2) As (1) but with the addition of sets of speed cushions on the road at the location of the kerbed build -outs.
3) Remove the central refuges (islands) and hatching and replace them with sets of speed cushions.
4) Leave the current measures unchanged.
Burntisland Community Council agree that the current layout is not suitable although acknowledge the requirement to slow traffic. As Transportation are the experts in this field it was agreed the decision should be left with them, however, it was also felt that the speed limit be looked at with a view to reducing it to 20mph and that there be no intrusion on the road from kerbed build outs.
7.8 Common Good Progress Report – progress as at August 2009
Note: This status
report was extracted from information supplied by
Information about asset management plans; lease reviews and revaluations are scheduled to be made available in mid-November and there will be further discussion at that time.
Other factual information provided so far is summarized as follows.
properties identified in discussion are not part of the Common Good Fund, e.g.
land beside Young Hall; North View; flats above Unity Hall; Stenhouse
Reservoir; field near to
(b) Revenue and Balance Sheet as at
The revenue surplus for the year was £164.20 on income of £16,611, after adding a revaluation reserve of £6,200. Most income was from rents (£8,760) and interest (£7,453).
Most expenditure was on revaluation and depreciation (£17,218). , followed by donations (£4,648). Expenditure on property costs was £612.
The total fund is valued at £386,435, of which £251,580 was property and £69,725 was investments.
Chambers site, including 2-4 Kirkgate and
The Links was valued at £2,000. The Young Hall was valued at £3,000.
(c) Links Income and Expenditure as
Total income was £76,448. Total expenditure was £110,509. Income from the summer fair was £58,459. Income from commercial concessions was £9,250.
Expenditure on grounds maintenance was £28,048; recreation attendants £17,754; Highland Games £14,131; and building works £5,579. Advertising of the fair was £9,233; bedding plants was £5,054. Miscellaneous work on tunnels, walkways, pageant and bonfire was £9,522.
8 New Business
8.1 Camilla Loch Site – Scottish Natural Heritage
Camilla Loch is a site of specific scientific interest (SSSI) and Scottish Natural Heritage has reviewed the site notification documents for the above SSSI and is required to notify relevant interested parties with copies of the reviewed documents.
The reviewed citation describes the protected natural
features of the area, list of operations requiring consent from
8.2 Street Cleaning Services Improvements
Information received from the Cleansing Officer in
relation to new local
8.3 Local Holidays 2010 Onwards
Monday’s 5th April, 5th May, 19th July, 18th October, and 19th November.
Good Grant Application
Application not supported as there was not sufficient benefit to Burntisland.
8.5 Craigencalt Ecology Centre Fun Day on 30th August
The meeting was notified of the pending Fun day and leaflets were circulated to those present. A Free shuttle bus will operate to and from the event from The Port at & .
8.6 Natalie Lowrie – Kinghorn Teenager Appeal
A fund raising concert is to be held at
Burntisland Medal Walks Scheme-Ramblers
Leaflets are available showing 3 walking routes all starting and finishing at the links car park i.e. silver route - 15 mins around links and promenade, bronze route – 30mins, Gold route 60mins. There was considerable interest and support for this ‘GET Burntisland FIT’ scheme
All Fife Council buildings/museums/exhibitions free on
these dates. (
9 Any Other Business
9.1 Town Clock – request the chime sound be investigated and mechanism repaired
9.2 Young Hall Paintwork – application to be submitted for September meeting requesting funding from Common Good Fund to carry out necessary Painter work.
This was agreed
in principle by
9.3 Library Roof – Completed date of works requested to allow Art Club to set date for exhibition.
9.4 Remembrance Day – arrangements are in hand for
10 Date of