We feel that this issue is so important to the areas of Lochgelly, Ballingry, Crosshill, Lochore, Cardenden and Bowhill, that we have dedicated a whole section on the site (Have YOUR Say) to this issue.

Lochgelly has the opportunity to have a Supermarket and Petrol Station located at the Weathermac site at the bottom of Auchterderran Road, which will be of benefit to the communities of Lochgelly, Ballingry, Crosshill, Lochore, Cardenden and Bowhill. The alternative is a small store which will be in direct competition with local traders, built in a quiet residential area, which will only provide very limited benefits and more negatives for Lochgelly. The plans for the small store must be objected to, to give our local communities the opportunity to have a large supermarket and petrol station located much closer, and to the benefit, of the wider community.

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A planned supermarket to be sited at Weathermac was halted late 2009. The plan was put forward by Macdonald Estates and could bring up to 180 jobs to Lochgelly as well as providing a petrol station for the Lochgelly area. Permission was denied by Fife Council as the company had failed to provide the correct paperwork before the deadline, however, Council planner Mary Stewart stated “The developer can submit a new application when the transportation assessment and public consultation are completed”

Macdonald Estates did apply for a 3 month extension but this was denied as the application was outwith the 2 month period allowed.

Lochgelly Community Forum Chairperson – Eileen McKenna is quoted to say “We think it would have been better to give the developer the extra time required……We have be assisting in the consultation as we believe that it is important that as many people as possible in the community get the chance to give their view on the proposed supermarket.”

This was first reported by Fife Times on the 20th August 2009 (View Article:www.centralfifetimes.com/news/lochgelly/articles/2009/08/20/390937-supermarket-plan-hits-the-buffers/).

At Lochgelly.org.uk we believe this issue is still an ongoing concern and hope to get an update on the issue soon, but in the meantime, please vote on our poll (located on the right), or leave a comment below, and let us know what you think.

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  1. H. Curtis

    January 18, 2010 at 4:25 pm

    I think a supermarket would be a good idea, it would bring in visitors to the town. Also, car-drivers are having to travel to Cowdenbeath to obtain petrol, this all costs extra money. Bringing jobs into the area is surely a positive move.


  2. Davey

    January 21, 2010 at 2:22 pm

    this would surely help improve Lochgelly?


  3. admin

    January 21, 2010 at 2:26 pm

    We will be attending a meeting at the Lochgelly Community Development Forum (was previously the Lochgelly Community Regeneration Forum) this Friday so will provide everyone with an update late Friday night


  4. Ena and Dave

    January 28, 2010 at 8:38 pm

    With the amount of new houses being built in Lochgelly and increase in population we think that a supermarket with a petrol station would benefit the town along with Ballingry and Cardenden areas. It seems ludicrous to expect people to come down High Street and to try and turn into Hall Street you take your life in your own hands with the amount of Council vans, vehicles parked in the Library, The Furniture Shops and people visiting the Town House. We definitely do not need a small outlet but a Supermarket with petrol station is a neccessity and the location is ideal in Auchterderran Road and it is on the outskirts of the town.


  5. sam

    January 30, 2010 at 10:05 pm

    Because we have no petrol station in LOCHGELLY it is necessary for everyone to leave the town to fill up there car. The obvious place to go is one of the retailparks and then do the shopping. If we have a supermarket in the town with petrol station or even a retailpark it would keep everyone in the town plus give the town much needed jobs. Why are the planners forcing us to leave the town take our business elsewhere instead of encouraging us to stay and shop locally. Lets face it the Co-Op is more expensive than other supermarkets. Its O.K. for top up but the money you save going to the retailparkcan be used in other ways.


  6. Maureen

    February 8, 2010 at 3:28 pm

    I think we most definately need a supermarket with petrol station In Lochgelly as we stay in Ballingry and if we run out of petrol the nearest station is in Cowdenbeath. The Auchterrderran site would be by far a better solution.


  7. George Black

    November 14, 2010 at 4:31 pm

    Again this is a no brainer, of course a supermarket at the bottom of Auchterderran Road is the best solution. New housing schemes between there and the avenue will attract these new owners to shop locally as well as the existing community as opposed to traveliing out of town. The building of a supermarket at the old FA-Tek site is unacceptable due to the obvious safety of pedestrians, school children and would be directly built within a residential area. I would again highlight the same as Maureen from Ballingry has done that if needing petrol we have to travel outside of our town. Lets be fair having apetrol station would encorouge people to do their shpping at the supermarket hence bringing in much needed jobs and revenue for the area.


  8. Mandy

    December 12, 2010 at 11:41 am

    There’s loads of rumours about all the politics about this decision that basically robbed the residents of Lochgelly and towns right down to Ballingry of a much-needed supermarket with petrol station. And yes, it would have also providing jobs and encouraged people coming into the area to spend money. Its said that Cowdenbeath wanted the supermarket and seems to be getting it, also that the wee supermarket that was finally chosen to be built at the Fab-Tek site was just an excuse to refuse the larger supermarket at Aucterderran Road, and may not even go ahead anyway as it was just a patsy. Politics, politics, politics! Meanwhile we all have to pay out more money for our petrol and groceries.


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