LARGO AREA COMMUNITY COUNCIL
LARGO AREA COMMUNITY COUNCIL
ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING 2018
CHAIRMAN'S ANNUAL REPORT 2017/18
CHAIRMAN: PETER M AITKEN
A. LARGO PIER
1. The issue of Largo Pier dominated the year.
2. Additional and substantial storm damage was sustained by Largo Pier during the year.
3. The matter was discussed at numerous Community Council meetings.
4. Numerous meetings of Largo Pier Sub-Committee were held.
5. Negotiations were undertaken with the owner of the Crusoe Hotel.
6. Thanks are due to all members of the Community Council and all members of Largo Pier Sub-Committee for all of their hard work during the year.
7. However, special thanks are due to our Secretary, Stephen Wood for driving forward this project during the year.
8. Special thanks also to Alistair Paterson for facilitating the re-opening of negotiations with the owner of the Crusoe Hotel.
9. Earlier in the year, Applications to have the Pier and/or the Hotel listed were rejected by the successor body to Historic Scotland.
10. Thanks also to Architects, Surveyors and Solicitors who have provided pro bono advice to date.
B. LUNDIN LINKS HOTEL
1. A meeting was held in Kinross with Keith Punler, Managing Director of Kapital Enterprises, owners and developers of Lundin Links Hotel.
2. An Application for demolition of the rear extensions is due to be lodged shortly.
3. Later in the year, the development of flats is due to commence with an anticipated time-scale of eighteen months.
4. Thanks are due to Alistair Paterson and Councillor Colin Davidson for facilitating the meeting with Kapital Enterprises in Kinross.
1. Brian Robertson, Chair, Management & Regeneration, Silverburn Park gave a presentation to the Community Council outlining the plans for the development of Silverburn.
2. The Project is proposed to be carried out in two phases subject to grant funding.
3. Since then Silverburn House has been destroyed by fire.
D. DUMBARNIE GOLF COURSE
1. A Presentation was made to the Community Council by the Agents for the developers of Dumbarnie Golf Course.
2. The proposal was for a “pay per play” golf course at Dumbarnie Links.
3. The meeting was well attended and there was a lively question and answer session following the presentation.
4. Planning Consent has now been granted.
E. TELECOM MAST, LUNDIN LINKS
1. There was a consultation on a proposed telecom mast at the following locations, namely:-
(a) Mercury Motors, Lundin Links.
(b) Telephone Exchange, Cupar Road, Lundin Links.
2. There were numerous objections from local residents to both sites.
3. The Community Council provided a forum for discussion by the community on both sites.
4. Ultimately, the proposed site at Mercury Motors, Lundin Links was not pursued and it transpired that the height of the mast did not require a Planning Application at the Telephone Exchange, Cupar Road, Lundin Links.
F. WIND TURBINES IN LARGO BAY
1. A Presentation was made to the Community Council regarding the proposed development of wind turbines in Largo Bay.
2. The presentation was well attended and the presentation was followed by a valuable question and answer session.
3. Concerns related to the visual impact, onshore infrastructure, employment and fishing.
G. FOOT BRIDGE, MILL WYND, LUNDIN LINKS
1. The foot bridge at Mill Wynd, Lundin Links was closed due to safety concerns.
2. The Engineers consulted by Fife Council proposed a new bridge at a cost of £75,000.
3. The Army Engineers consulted by the Community Council recommended repairs to the two piers and the bridge at much reduced cost.
4. Ultimately, Fife Council have decided to repair the two piers and to construct a kit bridge on site in order to reduce the cost of from in the region of £75,000 to in the region of £25,000.
5. Inspection of the piers awaits SEPA consent.
1. There was a presentation to the Community Council regarding the proposed relocation of the play park from the north common to the south common by:-
(a) Jan Kerr.
(b) Louise Honeyman.
2. Fife Council lease the current play park site from the Bowling Club on the north side of the access road to the Sports Club and wish to relocate to their own land on the south side of the access road to the Sports Club prior to incurring expense on improvements to the play park.
3. The improvements are to include disabled facilities particularly for users of Homelands.
I. LARGO HOUSE
1. Alistair Sutton made a presentation to the Community Council of the proposals for Largo House.
2. A steering group has been set up by Alistair Sutton to look into the feasibility of the project.
J. SPEED RESTICTION MEASURES, LUNDIN LINKS & UPPER LARGO
1. Councillor Colin Davidson made a presentation to the Community Council regarding this issue.
2. The meeting was well attended and there was a lively debate on this issue.
3. In particular, concerns were expressed about speed cushions on the steep gradients in the centre of Lundin Links.
4. The Community Council are to be consulted again by Fife Council prior to introducing speed restriction measures and the Community Council in turn will again consult the Community in public meeting.
K. BLUE FLAG BEACH/DESIGNATED BATHING AREA
1. Matt Allan, Lundin Links made a short presentation to the Community Council on this issue.
2. The meeting was well attended and a number of questions were raised.
3. Concerns were raised regarding the sewage outfall at Largo Beach.
4. It was agreed that any application should include the beach both to the north and south of the harbour.
5. It was agreed to seek better water quality with a view to having the beach designated as a blue flag beach/designated bathing area.
L. CO-OPTIONS/COMMUNITY COUNCIL/RETIRAL/ELECTIONS
1. The following were co-opted to the Community Council during the year:-
(a) Geoff Hall.
(b) Melonie Moir.
2. We want to welcome the two new co-opted members to the Community Council.
3. During the year, Morris Wilson retired as a member of the Community Council and tribute was paid to him for his service to the Community Council.
4. The Chairman urged members of the Community Council to stand again for re-election in order to ensure a quorum in order to ensure that the Community Council continue in existence.
5. The Chairman and Secretary urged public spirited members of the public to stand for election to the Community Council to ensure the continued existence of the Community Council.
6. The Chairman reminded the Community Council that the Community Council had almost ceased to exist at the last election due to lack of support.
M. REMEMBRANCE SUNDAY
1. Wreaths were laid by the Chairman and Vice-Chairperson on behalf of Largo Area Community Council at the Remembrance Day Service for the tenth year running.
2. The Remembrance Day Service focused our thoughts on those who sacrificed their lives in the First and Second World Wars and in conflicts since.
N. OFFICE BEARERS
1. I would like to thank the Officer Bearers of the Community Council.
2. In particular, I would like to thank the Vice Chairperson, Secretary, Treasurer and Minute Secretary for all of their hard work and support throughout the year.
O. COMMUNITY COUNCIL
And finally, I would like to thank all of the members of the Community Council for all of their help and support throughout the year.
And last but not least, I would like to thank the members of the community for their help and support throughout the year.