Wed 26 Aug 20
Fife Coast and Countryside Trust are applying for a grant to improve rural infrastructure in some of the areas worst affected by visitor pressure. To strengthen the case for the bid, it is crucial that we have local community and business perspectives on issues affecting the areas near you and are holding Zoom meetings late August to early September. The details are below and Fife Coast and Countryside Trust would be delighted to have participation from you and those you represent.
As you are all undoubtedly aware, much of the infrastructure in Fife's rural areas struggles under the weight of increasing visitor numbers. COVID-19 has seen this situation exacerbated in many areas. In an effort to address some of the most affected areas, Fife Coast and Countryside Trust in partnership with Fife Council are making a bid to the Rural Tourism Infrastructure Fund. We are proposing works at locations as detailed in the table below. Of note, please be aware of the comments on Kingsbarns and North Queensferry Battery Road Car park.
Overview of works
Elsan - refers to facilities to dispose of motorhome toilet waste.
EB - refers to electric bike charging points.
EV - refers to electric vehicle charging points.
|Site Name||Identified Work Areas||Comments|
|Elie Ruby Bay||x||x||x||x||x||x||x|
|Pittenweem West Braes||x||x||x||x||x||x||x|
|Lower Largo - Temple Car Park||x||x||x||x||x||x|
|Kinghorn Pettycur Bay||x||x||x||x||x||x||x||x||x|
|Kingsbarns Beach||x||x||x||x||x||x||x||Not included in RTIF but seeking consultation as other funding identified and works already underway.|
|North Queensferry - Battery Road Car park||x||Not included in RTIF. It is ineligible under the fund's definitions of a rural area. Works here are aspirational and require consultation and review with community reps.|
|East Lomond Car Park||x||x||x||x||x||x|
|Birnie & Gaddon Lochs||x||x||x||x|
We will be holding three Zoom meetings where we will explain the plans and offer opportunity for suggestions, questions and answers. It will really strengthen the bid if we have representatives from Community Councils and Local Tourism Authorities at the relevant meeting, and we would be grateful if you could advertise it to members of the community and local businesses with an interest as well. If you could signal whether your organisation intends to come or not it would be much appreciated, but it is open to members of the public joining without notice.
We have also made this short questionnaire and would be grateful if you could disseminate it via your web pages and social media. We have been advertising this on Trust social media and have already received some excellent feedback from your communities, particularly Kingsbarns.