Recently, Fife Council undertook a public consultation for the Lochgelly Supplementary Guidance and Transport Guidance (LSPTG) which we had critised due to the length of the document and complexity (View our articles). We also spoke with several MSPs and we need to thank MSP Willie Rennie who replied the quickest and was the most helpful.
Recently we received a notification from a Twitter friend (@Technotoaster) that Fife Council had released the final report for the LSPTG and we would like to thank Technotoaster for helping us to keep up to date.
The report is a mixed bag of positives and negatives, we have published excerpts below, of what we feel were the most important local issues. There is a link at the end of the article for obtaining the report for yourselves. Fife Council excerpts are contained in the boxes and our commentary outwith the boxes.
Rail Station Relocation
Our take is that the land is safeguarded against all development, other than a railway station development, which may or may not happen in the future. It will be wise to keep an eye on future planning applications to make sure the land is safeguarded for the community to be able to continue to use Launcherhead Park, the way it was originally intended to be used, and the way it is currently being used.
Long and complex document
By identifying the issues with the LSPTG, Fife Council have taken a positive step to rectify this for future guidance and consultations, and we feel this will make the consultation process more accessible to the wider local community.
The hard copy being made available in the local library is irrelevant as it would be a rare person that would sit in a public building and review a very lengthy and complex document, as for the extended time to make comments to the committee while this was a welcomed compromised, it was also felt that these comments would carry less weight than if people were allowed to raise their concerns, support or objections during the timed consultation process.
We did notify Lumphinnans Community Council ourselves and the general feeling we got, was that they weren’t overly concerned with this. We have also spoken to individuals within the Lumphinnans area, who were completely unaware of the consultation. We will be requesting minutes from the Lumphinnans Community Council to see what action they deemed necessary to take, and if that action reflects the feedback we have received from individuals in the Lumphinnans area.
We feel that it is a positive step if future consultations will be less complex and lengthy and shows that Fife Council has taken on board local feedback. If this stays true for future consultations then it is a positive step for Fife Council. This could even help Fife Council better engage with the local community through consultations and help remove or slightly negate the us vs them situation we have at times in the local community.
View the Full Report: http://admin.1fife.org.uk/uploadfiles/publications/c64_Item08-combined7.pdf