Monday, 10 March 2014

Tim's Update to the March 2014 meeting of Newport, Wormit and Forgan Community Council

1. Mount Stewart Road, Wormit – has been re-opened from 5 March.  It may have to be closed again when the repairs to the wall are carried out.

2. New Madras College – The discretionary hearing took place on 21 and 22 February.  The planning application will be coming to a special meeting of the North East Fife Planning Committee on 20 March at 2.00pm in County Buildings.  The recommendation from the North East Fife Planning Committee will then go to a meeting of Fife Council on 3 April as the application is contrary to the development plan.

3. Expansion of the Car Park at Leuchars Railway Station – The Council’s Administration accepted a request to provide funding for a 100 space expansion of the car park at Leuchar's Railway Station.  The Council are also applying to a Transport Scotland fund which would enhance the scheme.  More detailed information should be provided in three months. 

4. Sports Hub, Newport and Wormit – All sports clubs in Newport and Wormit are invited to send representatives to a planning meeting that will be held in the Blyth Hall on Monday 24 March at 7.00pm. 

5. Kinbrae Park Play Park – The P3 class at Wormit Primary School are organising a raffle to help raise a contribution towards the remaining £3,500 for the new play park.  It is hoped that similar fund raising will be undertaken at Newport Primary School.  Funding has also been pledged by the North East Fife Rotary Club which is much appreciated. 

6. Madras College Performance Standards – I will be attending a meeting with the Rector to discuss these on the 13 March.

7. Youth Work, Tay Bridgehead Area – I have received details of Fife Council youth work that is currently being undertaken in the area from Tom Philips, Team Leader, Community      Learning and Development.  He will be pleased to attend a future meeting of the community council to discuss this if requested to do so.

8. Young People Co-opted as Members of the Community Council – Fife Council’s Democratic Services team are contacting both Bell Baxter High School and Madras College to run a pilot scheme to encourage one or two young people to serve on their local community council as co-opted members. 

9. Tay Road Bridge Manager – Iain Mackinnon, the current manager will be leaving his post on 18 May to take up a new position as Senior Consultant on the Forth Replacement (Queensferry) Crossing Project.

10. Tay Plan, Strategic Development Plan, Main Issues Report – Tay Plan is the strategic development plan authority which prepares, monitors and reviews the strategic development plan for the area covering Dundee city, Perth and Kinross, North Fife and the Angus Council areas.  The approved strategic development plan sets out the special development strategy and vision for the area over the twenty year period 2012 – 2032.  A      key stage in reviewing the approved is the main issues report which sets out the main issues, key areas of change and options over a twenty year period.  There is to be a consultation on the main issues report commencing on 15 April and running until 27 June 2014.

11. To assist elected members and community councils, there will be two briefing events to provide more detailed information in the first week of the consultation.  Our local event will be held in Dundee: Enterprise House, 3 Green Market on 15 April from 6.30pm to 8.30pm and there will also be eight drop-in events including two in North East Fife at Cupar Corn Exchange on 29 April from 3.00pm to 7.00pm and St Andrews Town Hall on Saturday 31 May from 11.30am to 4.30pm.

12. Housing Investment Programme – Details of next year’s investment programme have been announced and, in Newport and Wormit, include investment in new kitchens, heating systems and one property where the rough casting is being renewed.  I can provide more details to any tenants who would like to receive this.

13. Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games – I have received the latest briefing on the above which I would be happy to share with anyone who is interested.  I have also received details of the commonwealth games legacy funding which helps to provide support for new facilities for people of all ages to enjoy active and healthy lives. 

14. Tay Road Bridge Closures – will take place on 11, 12 and 13 March from 0100 hours to 0400 hours to allow resurfacing works at the Fife Roundabout to be completed.

15. On Line Information about Road Faults – Customers will be able to receive updates on faults reported by May 2014.

16. Marie Curie Fife Service – A new Marie Curie service will be provided in partnership with NHS Fife with effect from 1 April.  It aims to support 240 patients a year complementing existing services and meeting the needs of patients and carers in their own homes.  Marie Curie are looking to sign up Fife residents as Marie Curie helper volunteers.

17. Eden Estuary – I have received a copy of the March report.

18. Fife Council Wind Power Projects – There will be a drop in information event on Wednesday 19th March from 1630 to 1930 in Cupar County Buildings.  Three projects are proposed in Cupar and one at Craigtoun Park in St Andrews.

19. Fife Environment Trust and LEADER – I have received information on both of the above schemes which can provide funding support for local projects.

20. Police Control Rooms – Police Scotland have confirmed the closure of the Fife Control Room in Glenrothes with effect from March/April 2015. 

21. Citizens Advice Fife – will be holding pop up events to provide information on benefits.  These will be held in the Burgh Chambers, Tayport on 21 March from 2.00pm to 3.00pm and at the Blyth Hall in Newport on 24 March, also from 2.00pm to 3.00pm.

22. Fife Division Policing Plan 2014 – 2017 – I have received a copy of the above plan if anyone would like to see it.

23. V & A Dundee – Fife Council is collaborating with other East of Scotland Local Authorities to audit and appraise tourism opportunities for the east of Scotland with the opening of the V & A in Dundee in 2017.

24. Improved Signage A92 at Station Brae – BEAR Scotland have advised that they hope to improve the signage at the above junction early in the next financial year.

25. Adult Protection Newsletter – I have received a copy of the latest newsletter.

26. Tay Bridgehead Food Bank – I have been asked to join the Management Committee of the new food bank which had its first meeting on 21 February.

27. Tay Rail Bridge – TAZIKER UK, the current contractor for maintenance works on the bridge have been awarded the contract for further works on the rail bridge.  They intend to move their offices to the Dundee side of the river in June.

28. Double Yellow Lines – Riverside Road, Wormit – Transportation services are proposing to extend double yellow lines on Riverside Road in the area of Woodhaven Farm.  I would welcome the community Councils views on this.

29. Parking Issues and Bus Turning Problems, Victoria Street Junction with Albert Crescent – Transportation services have consulted with both Stagecoach and Moffat and Williamson and neither company have expressed concerns about vehicle movements at the above junction.

30. Newport and Wormit in Bloom – have made plans for the new season including new basket stands and planters.  Anyone interested in helping should contact Kate Legg on 01382 541271.

31. Traffic Regulations – The North East Fife Area Committee agreed to promote the following traffic orders at its meeting on 26 February:-

1. New waiting restrictions at the junction of Albert Crescent and Station Brae;
2. New waiting restrictions in Flass Road, Wormit by the primary school;
3. New waiting restrictions on James Street and Unions Street.

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