Not alone in be­ing ig­nored

The Courier & Advertiser (Perth and Perthshire Edition) - - COMMENT -

Sir, – In re­sponse to Gina Lo­gan’s let­ter (Courier, De­cem­ber 1), con­cern­ing com­mu­nity coun­cils be­ing ig­nored, AC Grant may be gen­er­ally right (Courier Let­ters, De­cem­ber 5) as Scot­tish plan­ning pol­icy does start with the Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment.

But in the ap­pli­ca­tion that con­cerned us here in Cu­par, one of the most im­por­tant is­sues was Fife Coun­cil not fol­low­ing Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment plan­ning pol­icy.

Trans­porta­tion is a global is­sue, it is now Scot­land’s largest sin­gle source of emis­sions.

How­ever, it was the safety of our lo­cal chil­dren on their way to pri­mary school that was

most im­por­tant to me.

I walk my own daugh­ter there, past the de­vel­op­ment site.

There isn’t re­ally an easy al­ter­na­tive.

De­spite of­fi­cial guid­ance they can sig­nif­i­cantly af­fect ac­ces­si­bil­ity for pedes­tri­ans, Fife Coun­cil in­sisted on a mini-round­about on the route.

The ev­i­dence is they also sig­nif­i­cantly in­crease the ca­su­alty rate for cy­clists.

Worth bear­ing in mind this is a des­ig­nated cy­cle route.

Scot­tish plan­ning pol­icy, the main plan­ning pol­icy doc­u­ment, states: “Plan­ning per­mis­sion should not be granted for sig­nif­i­cant travel gen­er­at­ing uses at lo­ca­tions which would in­crease reliance on the car where: the trans­port as­sess­ment does not iden­tify sat­is­fac­tory ways of meet­ing sus­tain­able trans­port re­quire­ments.” It didn’t.

The com­mit­tee re­port ne­glected men­tion­ing this pol­icy.

It wasn’t just the com­mu­nity coun­cil that was ig­nored.

Gor­don Pay.

Eden Park, Cu­par.

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