The Lochgelly Charrette is over but is this process really a proper public consultation?
All the literature and publicity materials claim that it is a public consultation, however, our group believe that this charade was merely to provide additional strength and support to Fife Councils already proposed plans, which date back several years.
For example, all the meetings were held during the day under the guidance of Fife Council planning with contributions mostly from Land Owners and Developers.
The majority of the Lochgelly population are employed and will therefore not have been able to attend these meetings due to their work commitments. If this was a true public consultation meetings would have been available in the evenings, so the majority of Lochgelly residents could access the team and provide their feedback.
Secondly, meetings were set aside for Landowners and Developers, yet no meetings were set aside for the Community Council, which is an official group, recognised by Fife Council to discuss and represent the local community and raise local issues.
Neither were the Lochgelly Community Regeneration Forum invited to any meetings, and as you may know the LCRF have been a key player in raising awareness to the public of planning issues in the Lochgelly area, as well as campaigning on several other issues to provide a better and fairer life for the community of Lochgelly.
Lastly, and most importantly, all the plans were already in existence and proposed by Fife Council several years ago.
So there is 5 examples of why lochgely.org.uk do not believe that this is a true public consultation, and merely serves as an expensive checklist, so Fife Council can carry out their plans, unhindered, because they will say we were consulted via the Charrette.
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