Minutes of Meeting held on Wed. 11th April 2018 at 7.30pm in Church Hall.

Present: Messrs.R. Baxter,[Chair],I. Duncan, K.Topping & S. Younger. Mrs.B.Lawrie  &  L. Walker. Fife Councillors-JA Liston, B. Thomson &  A.Verner  . PC. R. Crawford.

Apologies:.Mrs. A. Annandale, J. Houston, P. Blake –Johnston. Fife Cllr. D. Nolan

Minutes of previous meeting : Approved by  K. Topping, seconded by B. Lawrie.

Matters arising:-

Lower Main Street pavement-  Fife Cllr. Thomson was awaiting a response to the photographic evidence passed to the Roads Dept.

Inoperative Speed Sign in Main Street- The sign had been repaired.

Community Website- No progress reported.

Parking at Little Beehive Nursery-  Cllr. Thomson reported on the response from the Roads Dept. regarding the road safety concerns whilst parents are delivering and collecting children at the Nursery. The officials did not see any major problems with the current situation but the Council would be happy to assist the Nursery to develop a School Travel Plan if they wished. The Secretary would discuss the matter with the Nursery Manager.

Sunnyside Parking restrictions – No progress to report.

Standing Items:

Treasurers Report:- The Treasurer reported that she was liaising with Dr. Spencer, the project leader, and the  purchase of the marquee equipment would be completed shortly. The Annual Accounts were being prepared for the AGM at the July meeting.

Police Report:-  PC Crawford reported that due to the recent large scale search operation for the missing student, local policing had taken a back seat, but would be back to normal over the next few weeks. There had been no significant criminal matters relating to the community in March. He had discussed the practicalities of the village obtaining and operating its own “ Pop-up Bob, with his superior officers, and the considered that they would not recommend that course of action, due to the lack of success in previous attempts by other communities. He advised that the latest Speedwatch initiative was being launched on 26th April, between 12 and 4pm at Cupar Police Station, and anyone wishing to participate in this Community Road safety project should register their interest at the event. PC Crawford highlighted the increase in anti-social behaviour in St.Andrews recently. This had been caused by young people from outwith the area travelling in large groups by public transport into the town. Measures to deter such activity were being imposed. Mr. Baxter thanked PC Crawford for his attendance and report.

Planning Applications:- No applications had been lodged since the March meeting. It was noted that Planning approval had been given for the proposed Craigtoun Road development of 370 houses and commercial units. Cllr. Thomson pointed out that one of the many conditions imposed on the development was the establishment of the link road with the St.Andrews West development. He also reported that Avant Homes had dropped their proposed development for 35 private and 31 social/ affordable houses at Bonfield. Fife Council was currently in discussion with a prospective alternative developer for the project.

Village Infrastructure:- The pothole situation was again highlighted and it was to be hoped that the additional funding being made to local authorities throughout Scotland might improve the deteriorating roads over the summer.  Cllr Verner reported that she had pursued the matter of the cycle/footpath link on the Strathkinness High Road, particularly as the pathway would provide a direct link for pupils attending the new Madras College. Cllr. Thomson reported that a previous commitment to budget for the project had been shelved.  Cllrs. Liston ,Nolan, Thomson and Verner were all supportive of the proposed pathway and hoped that future discussions between Fife Council, St.Andrews West developers and SUSTRANS might bring the project to reality. Cllr Verner reported that discussions were ongoing to find a solution to the vehicle parking problem in Church Road at the play park.

Traffic and Transportation: No report.

Communications with Village Organisations:-  The Secretary confirmed that the new Headmistress would be attending the May meeting to update councillors on the school activities.

Correspondence:- Playfair Consultancy/StAR Link survey:- a request to participate in the survey had been received. The Secretary had circulated the survey details and asked Council members to submit their comments to him, to allow completion of the survey on behalf of the Community Council.


Bonfield Road- Adoption:- Mrs. Walker wondered if any progress had been made on the situation of the unadopted section of the road. Cllr. Thomson confirmed that Roads Dept.officials had stated that there were no plans to extend the current limit of adoption. The elected Councillors confirmed that here might be an opportunity to consider the matter in future when funding for border-line projects, similar to the Bonfield Road situation, might become available.

Bonfield Play Park;- Cllr. Thomson reported that St.Andrews Colts FC were in discussion with Fife Council with a view to using the football pitch for 9- aside matches

St.Andrews Community Hospital:- It was noted that the emergency facilities at the hospital would no longer be available between 12 midnight and 8am. The three month trial period has been initiated because of staffing and funding difficulties.

Date of Next Meeting: Wednesday 9th May 2018 at 7.30pm in the Church Hall.