PLANS for a new primary school in Burntisland have split the community with scores of representations made to Fife Council following a public engagement event in the town’s library last week.
Dozens of supporters have posted positive comments on the Council’s planning website.
But Best4Burntisland, an action group against the siting of the school at Toll Park, will submit upwards of 400 objections with the aim of forcing Scottish Ministers to “call-in” the application.
Comments from supporters include: “The central location makes it easier for children to make their way to school on foot, thereby minimising the need for car and bus journeys.”
Another says: “It’s not ideal the town is losing a piece of green space but the latest plans show there is adequate room to allow for parking, football pitches, a playground etc.”
But Bob Smith, of Best4Burntisland, insisted Toll Park was the wrong location due to the loss of green space and road safety concerns.
The group collected 40 letters of objection while “picketing” the public event, and expects to submit over 400 in total.
He said: “Based on the volume of objections we want the decision taken out of Fife Council’s hands and a Reporter appointed by the Scottish Government.
‘‘We want an independent assessment of all potential sites, including the Roundhouse car park and Seamill.
‘‘If we get that, and Toll Park is the best location, then we’d have to accept it.”
Scottish Government Ministers may intervene where it is considered that a planning authority has failed to give full consideration to local objection, but a substantial volume of objections is not in itself sufficient grounds to call-in a planning application.
The application for the new school is due to go before a future meeting of the Council’s Kirkcaldy Area Committee.
The three local councillors sit on the committee.
Councillor George Kay said he wanted the best possible school for Burntisland, while Councillor Peter George, who had previously opposed the use of the Toll Park site, said the application would be considered on its merits. Councillor Susan Leslie said she would listen to all views on the application.