Fife Council is starting a consultation through the Lochgelly Charrette short-term initiatives group. Details of the survey are below and is taken direct from their site:
From the feedback we have received on this site, the Charrette was overwhelmingly under supported as many seemed to think the Charrette was just a public exercise to tick boxes and provide support to developers to have their plans passed. The largest example we have of the Charrette being a farce at the cost of the taxpayer is the supermarket issue.
We lost out on a supermarket with petrol station which could have provided up to 80 employment opportunities for a proposed small store which is currently not being developed, with no plans in the near future to be developed. Yet it is nice to see in times of cut backs that the local authority is continuing to blindly pursue this exercise which has little public support.
Will Fife Council Listen?
If the public engage with Fife Council, will the local authority actually listen, or once again, is this just another public exercise to tick all the correct boxes and provide some public relations.
The public in the Lochgelly area and surrounding areas showed overwhelming support for the supermarket with petrol station through surveys conducted by the Lochgelly Community Development Forum and polls conducted through this site, yet the several hundred people that supported that particular development were told that it would “kill” the local shops.
This claim was not backed by any research and was merely one persons opinion, yet in later press releases this mantra was repeated by several councillors and the local authority, all so plans for the small store can be given the go ahead (even though no development is set to take place).
The survey is very limited in scope and only relates to shopping in the Lochgelly area. However at the end of the survey you can put forward suggestions on how to improve the Town Centre. This is our recommendations;
- Petrol Station
- A large retailer that will provide competitive pricing against the overpriced Co-op
- Public Toilets
- Less money spent on public art projects so the money can be reinvested into public services
- A local office that is open 5 days a week
- Better facilities for youths and the elderly
I am sure many people have their own opinions on how to improve the local area, if you want to take part in the survey and let Fife Council know your opinions, look for the Charrette staff on the street today, or fill out a questionnaire in the local office, or you can complete the survey online.
Do you feel this survey is a waste of time? Do you think the survey will provide value for money? How would you improve the local area? Please let us know in the comments below.