Yesterday on the 8th July 2010 a small protest was held against Lomond Homes decision to create a pathway for the New Farm Vale residents going into Grace Street, a privately owned road. Residents from Grace Street had a sit down protest at the pathway, as they are angered the pathway is being built onto their privately owned road.
The decision to locate the pathway, was decided by the Cowdenbeath Area Committee at a “special meeting”, and since this is a planning application, it is our opinion that the decision should have been made at the usual “public” committee meeting.
Residents had called for representatives of the Lochgelly Community Council and the Lochgelly Community Development Forum to witness the development, as some local residents believe that the decision to build the pathway onto Grace Street is wrong due to private ownership and was not transparent. As far as we are aware, no planning application was submitted to the Community Council.
Police were eventually called to the site to try and calm down the protesters and resolve the situation, but local residents are still angry at the decision and building of the pathway.
New Farm Vale, Plight of Residents
The residents and children of the New Farm Vale development have been forced to walk a very busy road to be able to get into Lochgelly and definitely need an easier access to the town and local facilities.
This has been an issue since the development was first launched, and they have every right to be afforded access to the town, to allow better integration with the rest of the town, and most importantly to allow their children to access the town on a safer path.
Grace Street, Plight of Residents
Grace Street is a privately owned road and they feel that the peacefulness of their road is now shattered as the majority of residents will be walking through their quiet and private street. They also feel the decision to site the pathway onto their street is a breach in planning regulations and believe there is no transparency in the decision to approve the planning and construction of the path.
Lomond Homes are responsible for the development of New Farm Vales, and originally had planned a walkway that connects to the bottom of the public park. This pathway they did partially build, which now leads to a dead-end as seen in our photograph on the left.
The reason we heard that this pathway was not completed, was that Lomond Homes could not afford the £30,000.00 bill to complete this pathway. If true, this seems a very weak reason considering the profits from the sale of 1 home should be enough to build this pathway, and if local rumours are true, Lomond Homes have already invested a significant amount of money into Lochgelly Golf Course which has been rumoured to be several hundred thousand.
Lomond Homes were also critised at the beginning of this development for supposedly creating an illegal site access road into the plant when development first began.
We do not know if this pathway will be allowed to remain in its current location, but we do know the residents have a right to have a safe walkway that connects them to Lochgelly. Should Lomond Homes be forced to pay the £30,000.00 to complete the original pathway that was in the original plans? Or do we allow a developer to chop and change plans as it fits their needs, at the cost to local residents, with no proper consultations?
We would like to get feedback from both sides of the fence, if you are a resident of Grace Street, or New Farm Vales, why not comment below and let us know how you feel about this recent development, or how you feel it was handled by Lomond Homes.
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