The previous Community Council Pathways Group started the ball rolling by identifying all the pathways that exist within the village through investigation and consultation, many of them of great antiquity. Mike Gilbert has listed, mapped and photographed all of them. Fife Council access officers have studied these and identified which ones need to be taken to community investigation, as many are already Rights of Way or are adopted roads, tracks and paths. This includes a number of important routes that people use to get to some of the small beaches, shortcuts and historical ways in the village. Fife Council is now investigating these to see if villagers want to make all or selected ones into Rights of Way, which will give a permanent protection to their status.
Over 90 people came to the consultation and provided the access officers with a wealth of information and memories of the paths, which has now been collated and final proposals are prepared by the Access officers.
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Traffic in St James Place
Residents met officials from Fife Council Transportation on 15th September on the Prom to discuss how traffic can be better controlled to ensure that the prom is seen as “pedestrian priority” so that visitors to the beach can safely wander along this road and enjoy their time on the beach. Traffic officers will come back in early in the New Year with suggestions on how this can be achieved and will have Government Guidance briefings to assist in finding a way forward.
Site meeting with residents.
Direct bus to Ferrytoll and Edinburgh.
For several years the community council and the councillors have been campaigning for a direct bus through the village to Ferrytoll. This came to a climax last Christmas when Betty Robertson raised a petition to re-
From 21st February, Stagecoach are introducing the No. 57, a hourly coach service to go from Kirkcaldy to Ferrytoll through Kinghorn, Burntisland and Aberdour. Additionally it will go on to Edinburgh (as the X57) during peak hours, Monday to Saturday.
This is great news and a vindication of the great success of the Ferrytoll Park and Ride transport hub. Now we have to make sure of using the service to ensure that it continues.
Things to look out for
There is a new face at The Ecology Centre in Kinghorn. It is Douglas Maxwell who has recently taken up his new post as Operations Manager after the departure of Ronnie Mackie last December. Douglas is very taken with the beauty of his new surroundings. Indeed, Kinghorn is particularly fortunate because it not only has two lovely sandy beaches to explore but just a short walk up from the coast it has a fresh water loch teaming with life and activity
Douglas has worked in forestry and environmental management for over ten years throughout Scotland. He is particularly interested in learning more about how the loch water quality has improved in recent years and how the loch itself has become a natural haven for wildlife. Douglas says he intends to work with the local community, volunteers and everyone with an interest in the loch to maintain and enhance the biological diversity whilst giving people a real opportunity to experience nature.
We wish Douglas all the best in his new job and we can only agree with him that he has come to work in a beautiful place.
Visitors to Craigencalt can now enjoy the seasonal snowdrops that flourish each year in the final dreary days of winter. Many clumps of snowdrops are found dotted along the community woodland walk down the steps from the top track path around the loch or if going the other way walking up from the bird hide at the head of the loch.
Some people may be like me, and remember from school, how they were taught to recite poems about the tiny white flowers with their heads hanging shyly. I still remind myself of such poems as I pass the snowdrops each winter.
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