Councillor - I won’t quit over Kinghorn housing vote

The Cabfeidh site in Bruce Street, Kinghorn
The Cabfeidh site in Bruce Street, Kinghorn

A councillor whose vote gave the go-ahead for a controversial Kinghorn housing development has said he will resist calls to stand down.

Kinghorn Community Council has called for Tom Adams’ resignation claiming he conducted the meeting in a biased manner and went against unwritten convention by approving the planning proposal.

Cllr Tom Adams

Cllr Tom Adams

But Cllr Adams, chairman of the central area planning committee, said he acted in accordance with Fife Council’s guidelines and that the decision, while uncomfortable for many Kinghorn residents, was made democratically.

With the decision tied at five votes apiece, his casting vote meant the approval of plans to build 24 affordable homes on the prominent Caberfeidh site in Bruce Street. The decision went against widespread opposition to the Campion Homes proposal.

Alan McIlravie Kinghorn Community Council chairman said: “We are disgusted at the conduct of councillor Tom Adams, he clearly controlled the meeting in a manner which was biased towards its outcome.”

However Cllr Adams said he did nothing wrong adding: “I fully understand the frustration expressed but they need to understand the decision was taken democratically and with guidance from our legal officers. I am satisfied the decision was taken lawfully and in good faith.”

I am satisfied the decision was taken lawfully and in good faith

Cllr Tom Adams

In an impassioned plea against the plans SNP Cllr George Kay said: “No amount of tinkering is going to change the under lying problem that the site is too big, too dense and will only detract from the historic heritage of Kinghorn.

“It needs a development that takes account of the character, history and setting in which it is placed. We need houses but that need must not be bought at any price.”

Labour Cllr Neil Crooks echoed his colleague’s sentiments adding that the applicant and council had tried but failed to meet the aspirations of the community.

He added: “We could have come up with a really good proposal that would have been acceptable to people who live in Kinghorn, that would have been in keeping with the history of the village and right for the 21st Century without making the mistakes of the past.”

Officers had recommended conditional approval.