Today one of our volunteers received a letter from the Directorate for Planning and Environmental Appeals with regards to the small store to be located at the FabTek site. We have published the letter in full below
So the small store that was heavily objected to on this site and the official Fife Council site, rejected by the public at the Lochgelly Charrette, has been given the go ahead.
With this store given the go ahead we wont get the much needed petrol station and supermarket at the WeatherMac site, even though from the poll we have been conducting shows that 221 votes were in favour of this development, 11 votes against, and 3 unsure.
Would you like a Supermarket to be built on the former Weathermac site (Auchterderran Road)?
- Yes (99%, 221 Votes)
- No (5%, 11 Votes)
- Don't Know (2%, 4 Votes)
Total Voters: 236
We have been in touch with McDonald Estates (the developer behind the proposed Supermarket with Petrol Station) for their feedback, but unfortunately at the time of writing this, the person dealing with this development was out of the office, but is due to call us back. We will update this post once we receive a reply.
Court of Session
According to the letter everyone has up to 6 weeks to apply to the Court of Session if they are aggrieved by the decision, and want the decision to be quashed, but fail to mention the contact details for the Court. We have published their contact details below:
- Court of Session
DX: 549306 Edinburgh 36
Do our opinions mean anything?
Personally, we feel that Fife Council and some of the Local Councillors have failed us on one of the biggest issues facing Lochgelly recently (and thanks to the local councillors that fought on everyone’s behalf), and as time passes, we are sure we will see many other failures to listen and carry out the wishes of local residents. The small store was heavily objected to, yet it was still included in the Lochgelly Charrette which was meant to be a public consultation.
Then there is still the issue of Lochgelly Golf Course, but will this still be given over to developers for housing? Probably.
Also, one rumour that we found to be most worrisome, is the independence of the Scottish Reporter (Mr Michael Shiel MA (Cantab) BPhil MRTPI) who was investigating the issues and objections that were raised by the local community. We have heard from 2 sources that the Michael Shiel is employed by Fife Council.
We cannot confirm this rumour, but if it is true, it raises the question of the validity of the report made by the Scottish Reporter. Was he working towards the goal of Fife Council or towards the benefit of the Lochgelly Community?
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