UPDATE: Currently Fife Council Planning website is down and is currently unavailable, so no objections can be made on their website. We will give an update as soon as the site is available
Lochgelly has a 2 choices, one, which will positive effects for the local and wider communities, and another that will have a direct negative effect on Lochgelly. Current Policy dictates that new shopping builds should be centrally located, where possible, and while the intention behind the policy is reasonable, and well meant, it may affect Lochgelly and the wider communities of Ballingry, Crosshill, Lochore, Cardenden and Bowhill in a negative way.
Lochgelly has the chance of a large supermarket located at the WeatherMac site, on the outskirts of town, or alternatively a small store located on the back streets of Lochgelly in a quiet residential area. There is no need to spell out the benefits that a supermarket with a petrol station, would bring to Lochgelly and the wider community. However, if a small store was to be built, we would loose all positive benefits.
Lochgelly cannot have both and it looks likely that Cowdenbeath Area Comittee will have to vote on the small store very soon, possibly on the 3rd of March meeting. If not enough objections are received before then, the small store will probably be passed over and 15,000 people will lose out on the opportunity of 180 full time jobs, shorter travel times for weekly groceries, closer petrol station. saving money and reducing damage to the environment.