Handover of petition against Pipeland site for new Madras

Pictured, from left, petition organiser Moira Cubie, Ron Caird, who was representing the Bridgehead area, Anne Morris, who was representing the East Neuk, and Councillor  David Ross. (Picture by George Mcluskie)
Pictured, from left, petition organiser Moira Cubie, Ron Caird, who was representing the Bridgehead area, Anne Morris, who was representing the East Neuk, and Councillor David Ross. (Picture by George Mcluskie)

A petition protesting at the plan to build the new Madras College at Pipeland has been handed over to the leader of Fife Council.

Organiser Moira Cubie presented the petition, which had gathered more than 1500 signatures, at Fife House on Thursday..

In thanking Councillor David Ross for agreeing to accept the petition, Mrs Cubie said she had organised the campaign as an individual and not as a member of a political party or of STEPAL (St Andrews Environmental Protection Association Ltd).

She explained that, as a retired teacher, she was in favour of the best possible resources for education but had been prompted to take action over her concerns for the potential impact of a Pipeland development on St Andrews Community Hospital.

“As a senior citizen with health problems, I have had occasion to attend our Community Hospital some 26 times since last September, and consequently value it highly,” she explained in a statement.

“My own view, that it is under threat from the proposed siting of the new school at Pipeland, has been echoed by many concerned fellow citizens whom I have met and chatted with in hospital waiting rooms.”

The petition forms which I now hand over indicate over 1550 adults in the catchment area share these concerns and wish to have the school built elsewhere.

Moira Cubie, petition organiser

These concerns included noise during the construction stage, an increase in traffic on Largo Road, the possible lack of access for emergency vehicles during peak school-travel times, light pollution from playing field floodlighting and the impact on any future expansion of the hospital.

“The population of the hospital catchment area is to increase, with new housing and more students; and the non-student section of the population is ageing, so it is distinctly possible that an expansion of the hospital will be required during the lifetime of the new school,” the statement said.

“The petition forms which I now hand over indicate over 1550 adults in the catchment area share these concerns and wish to have the school built elsewhere.”

As previously reported, NHS Fife has stated clearly it has no plans to expand the hospital and it withdrew its objections, relating only to traffic and flow and site safety, after assurances from Fife Council.

The parents’ group Parent Voice, which supports Pipeland for the new school, has already criticised the petition as scaremongering and instead urged anti-Pipeland campaigners to consider the impact of further delays on the provision of a new school on local children.