Today the Charrette for Lochgelly is officially starting, with a range of events planned to engage with the local community through public consultation, to give us the opportunity to help shape the future of Lochgelly…as mentioned in all the PR information being released by Fife Council.
We are encouraged to come along and participate as we are told this is an opportunity for us to have our say, and help plan the future development of Lochgelly. Unfortunately it seems that cracks in this community engagement is already appearing and sometimes the truer picture can be found in the small print.
For example, we noticed on local Councillor Mark Hoods website (http://fifelabourparty.org/markhood/the-great-charette-begins), that he made a post today, stating:
I’m heading to the first public meeting for the Lochgelly Charette tonight in the town hall. Having said this, I did get a note from the chief executive of the council advising me of a ministerial visit that was happening in the Lochgelly town hall tonight and I was not invited. I’ll turn up any way and hope that I don’t get thrown out. Not the best of starts!
Now it doesn’t matter what political party your sympathy lies with, to tell one of our local representatives that they cannot attend is wrong, regardless of their political affiliations.
Our second concern is with the fine print available on the official Lochgelly Charrette website (http://www.scotlandcharrettelochgelly.co.uk/) published on the FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions and reproduced in part below:
Sometimes the detail is in the small print and we leave it to you to decide whether or not this is a proper public consultation or just a paper exercise.
Time and dates of the planned events are available on our Events Page. Please feel free to leave your comments or feedback below, thanks.