burntisland’s Community Council has called for four other sites in the town to be properly examined as potential sites for a new primary school before a final decision is made.
The sites it says should be considered are: Haugh Road; Glebe Place; Lammerlaws Road and Seamill.
In its formal response to Fife Council’s consultation it acknowledges that “there is an overwhelming desire and need for a new primary school in Burntisland,” but says the vast majority of people in the town do NOT consider the Toll Park as the best site for a school, for reasons of road safety and traffic congestion as well as loss of open space.
And it has reiterated its concerns that the scoring system used by the Council to determine Toll Park as the site for the new premises was not fairly applied in the consultation process, which it also said was not thorough enough or well publicised to give everyone the chance to participate.
Its response states: “It is now very clear that on each of four separate occasions the community clearly indicated that the Toll Park is not an appropriate site for a new school.
“It is equally clear that Fife Council’s scoring matrix was not changed in any respect as a consequence of the public input which was received.
“The community view has not changed. Indeed it has hardened to an extent which may compromise the delivery of the school in an acceptable timeframe.
“We wholeheartedly support the educational benefits which will result from a new build. However, the strength of opposition to the site is such that objection and delay will compromise the realisation of those benefits.
“In the light of comments made at the public meeting, we would anticipate objections which focus on planning consent and also on the Common Good interest which applies to part of the site.
“In our view, there are four alternative sites which merit further investigation before a short-list of two should be put to statutory consultation.
“We consider that a reasonable depth of investigation can be carried out in each case without significant risk to the overall timescale or cost for the project.
“On the contrary, investigative work and due consultation now will help to reduce the risk of objection and delay during the planning process and will lessen the risk of unexpected issues during construction.”