Fabulous Day for a Guided Walk up the Binn

On the last Friday of summer months (including September) a FREE Guided Heritage Walk leaves the Heritage Centre (4 Kirkgate) for the Binn and Binn Pond at 1.15pm. Today’s guide is Bill Kirkhope, the highly knowledgeable editor of the Burgh Buzz.

“The walk takes about three hours and includes a climb to the summit of the Binn. Walkers should be reasonably fit, and wear stout footwear and clothes suitable for the weather conditions. Participants are advised to bring along a snack and a drink.”

https://www.burntisland.net/heritage-trails-leaflet.pdf (with maps)

Wonderful views of the town and the Forth, Edinburgh and beyond.

Councillors Discuss Burntisland Station Parking Proposals Today

Today (30.8.18.) Burntisland’s three councillors will discuss the Burntisland Station Parking Feasibility study with Fife Council officials.

“A brief was issued to Roads & Lighting Contracts team from Asset Management & Sustainable Transport to provide outline designs and cost for car park layout options, i.e. 50, 75 and 100 spaces on an area of land adjacent to Burntisland Railway Station. The feasibility should consider the following:

  • Vehicle, cycle and pedestrian access to the car park
  • Pedestrian access to the station from the car park
  • Pedestrian access to the rest of the town from the car park
  • Drop off / taxi point
  • Potential bus stop
  • Cycle parking
  • EV charging point
  • Parking for disabled users
  • Options to extend car park in the future”
  • The 17 page report doesn’t actually cover all these but details several options to spend up to £708,372.80 providing car parking.

    The plans show parking on the wildflower area in front of Platform Studios an idea which has proved controversial in recent weeks.

    1883 Returns to Burntisland

    Not just any old model railway, this one is something special.

    Not just ‘based loosely on Burntisland some time ago’, this is a highly detailed – as accurate as possible – scale model based on an important time in Burntisland’s history.

    It’s before the Forth Bridge was built and Burntisland was the terminus of the Edinburgh and Northern Railway. The original terminus building is now offices – restored by FHBT.

    Passenger travelling to or from Edinburgh took a ferry to Granton. Freight was carried across the Forth on the world’s first train ferry.

    At that time Burntisland had a locomotive workshop and a very distinctive roundhouse steam shed.

    This has recently been completed by the East of Scotland 4mm Group.

    The layout was last here in 2010. Report and photos on Burntisland.net.

    A video from 5 years ago.

    Some background.

    Last Inner Heritage Trail Walk of the Season (inc Rossend Castle) Tomorrow

    NOTE: Leaflet says 2:30 but now start time 2.00.

    “The Trust’s free guided historical walk round the inner heritage trail will take place every Wednesday in July and every Wednesday in August at 2.00pm. The meeting place is the Heritage Centre at 4 Kirkgate. The walk takes about two hours and includes visits to the Parish Church, the Burgh Chambers, and (by special arrangement) Rossend Castle.”


    Tomorrow’s walk will include Rossend Castle.

    Heritage Trails Leaflet

    Burntisland Big Beach Clean Saturday, October 6

    Access All Areas – Burntisland Big Beach Clean

    Saturday, October 6, 2018

    10 am – 12 noon

    “The Big Beach Clean is an annual event and a part of FCCT’s Access All Areas Festival. Scotland has more coastline than anywhere else in the UK and and many communities rely on the cleanliness of their beach for their economy. Beach litter and the problems it causes to both humans and wildlife is a huge issue that we need everyone’s help with.

    We hope that communities, regular volunteers, schools, community groups, councillors will join us at Burntisland Big Beach Clean.”


    Thinking of Standing for the Community Council? Nominations by Sept 6th

    Poster on Community Council notice board.

    “Community councils are elected every 4 years.

    The next Community Council elections in Fife are scheduled to take place on Thursday, 4 October 2018.”

    (Elections are only held if there are more nominations than seats.)

    “To stand as a community councillor you must:

    * be 16 or over,

    * be on the electoral register at an address in the area of the community council area you want to stand in,

    * be resident in the community council area you want to stand in, and;

    * must not be an elected member of Fife Council.”


    “Completed nomination papers must be lodged with the Returning Officer at Fife Council, Democratic Services, 3rd Floor, Fife House, North Street, Glenrothes KY7 5LT on any day Monday to Friday, 9.00 am to 5.00 pm from Friday 17th August 2018 but not later than 4.00 pm on Thursday 6th September 2018. It is recommended that nomination papers are lodged in advance of this date.”

    Click to access c64_NOMINATIONPACK2018.pdf



    Local Artist has “solo exhibition – in a lighthouse, on an island!“


    “Room for Parking and Wildlife Area in Burntisland”

    That’s the latest view in the row over the ‘wasteland’ in front of The Platform Studios.

    Tanya Scoon in the Fife Free Press reports that “everyone with an interest in the plans should get together to discuss the possible solutions, rather than arguing on social media” is the view of “both Alex MacDonald, chairman of Burntisland and Community Council and by Christine May, chairman of Fife Historic Buildings Trust”

    (Previous story on BdotB)

    Perhaps this search for a compromise will be part of the discussion next week (30th) when the three ward councillors meet Fife Council officials to discuss a report on parking at the station which has not yet been made public.