Anger over council’s village snub

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AN area councillor has launched an attack on Fife Council, claiming it is constantly ignoring the development of St Monans.

Speaking after a recent north east Fife area committee meeting, where members agreed plans to rejuvenate green space land across the area, Councillor Mike Scott-Hayward claimed the village was once again the victim of a snub.

The committee rubber-stamped its green space action plan, which prioritises the work required to improve the quality of parks and public green spaces, play areas, allotments, woods, outdoor sports and floral features in the area.

Among the planned developments are a new changing pavilion for Pittenweem and multi-use games areas installed in Anstruther.

However, Cllr Scott-Hayward says St Monans residents have grounds to feel aggrieved at the lack of investment in the village.

He told the Mail: “This is all good and welcomed, but I am appalled that St Monans Common, listed early in the report as a high priority, is dropped from the list when it comes to being funded – why does Fife Council always run out of money when it is for St Monans?

“We need to devolve this cash to levels closer to the communities, so we get local elected views.

“I agree with the spend for Pittenweem but wasn’t asked about that either – a different split might have helped St Monans get a share. The bureaucratic tail is wagging the elected dog – or being allowed to do so by the administration.”

But deputy leader of Fife Council Councillor Elizabeth Riches has welcomed the authority’s green space plan, saying the projects identified will become a real asset to their communities.

The plan also includes much sought-after allotment grounds for Pittenweem.

Cllr Riches said: “The opportunity to develop wildlife-friendly maintenance of Kilrenny Common and the Dreel meadow area in Anstruther is welcome.

“I support the excellent work of the Bankie Park Group in Anstruther, which has been successful in securing the multi-games area and has plans for much more.

“There is an interest in allotments in our area and the allotment group in Anstruther is looking to expand its activities to Pittenweem.”