Not alone in being ignored
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.
Eden Park, Cupar.