FIFE COUNCIL PUBLIC CONSULTATION ON DEVELOPMENT FRAMEWORK for land to west of Manse, St Monans
COMMENTS COLLATED FROM COMMUNITY COUNCIL SPECIAL MEETING ON MONDAY 28TH JANUARY
ROAD ACCESS TO SITE
- The majority present did not want vehicular road access to housing or allotments from existing residential streets in the area ie Queen Margaret Street, Castle Street or Newark Street. The main reason given for this was on health and safety grounds with special emphasis on child pedestrian safety.
- The majority wished access roads to be from main road.
- There was also suggestion of access through Industrial Estate to Station Road.
- There was a suggestion of possible exit via new development for fire engine as an emergency exit.
- There were general views that pedestrian and cycle links to new development would be very positive.
- Concerns were expressed about infrastructure ie gas,water,sewage and electric supplies
- It was questioned if St Monans needed more housing, considering that there are already empty houses in the village at present.
- There was concern at the loss of green space and the increase in car and lorry traffic
- More social housing is not wanted as it leads to trouble, as has happened in the past when problem families were housed in St Monans.
- Extra housing would be good for the primary school and local businesses. Larger 3-4 bedroom properties would be particularly welcome to allow larger families to remain in the village.
- Some saw it is as a community asset.
- The proposed site would be easily accessible for villagers to walk to.
- The idea of a community orchard was identified as positive.
- Many people suggested alternative sites:
The offered alternative site at Newark/ Bowhill farm
The Back of the Industrial Estate
Part of the “Mair” common ( beside primary school)
The old putting green at the east of the village.
The west end part of the proposed new development beside the burn
Beside Newark Castle.
- Could a garden share scheme not be considered
- Concern was raised by many about visual impact especially with the possible detrimental effect on tourism.
- Concern on possible vandalism and attracting children trying to enter when so close to playpark.
- The Allotment Association should be showing what they can do with all village gardens in need of attention in village.
- Concern of potato blight affecting potatoes and tomatoes on nearby agricultural land.
- Concern that allotment area will take up so much green space in development and the loss of the playpark.
- The whole issue is causing division within the village.