Your Bonfire Needs YOU (or a Friend)

From front page of next Burgh Buzz

Just two weeks to go to the hottest night of the year (if you get too close).

Burntisland Events Group just needs a few more volunteer stewards to make sure the night runs smoothly for the thousands of spectators.

On the night stewards are needed between 6 and 8:30. There will be a 1/2 hour training session in advance.

Provisional dates –

Tuesday 30th October, 7.30pm

Thursday 1st November, 7.30pm

Saturday 3rd November, 10.30

If you can help (or want more information to make up your mind) please contact –

Ron Edwards

07740 999 514 or

Burntisland Primary School Has Been Awarded a sportscotland Gold School Sport Award for Another 3 Years

“The sportscotland School Sport Award is a lottery funded national initiative designed to encourage schools to continuously improve physical education and sport. The award also encourages sporting links between schools and the communities around them”

Fate of Free Church Highlights Burntisland’s Conservation Conflicts

EDIT: Update posted on November 13, 2018

”Listed building consent for demolition of part of existing wall and erection of fence and gates” could be a test case for attitudes and policies in Burntisland’s Conservation Area.

The site on the corner of Kirkgate and East Leven Street is neglected and perhaps little known or cared about by many Burntisland residents.

The stepped area contains what remains of the former Free Church including the bell tower and entrance. The Church was, significantly, opposite the Parish Church, dating from the Disruption of 1843. Iain Sommerville records the history at

“Norman Mackie tells us that, after the congregation moved to the High Street in 1861, the building became Frank Quarton’s grain store. It then took on a new life as Burntisland’s first picture house, the Palace, which closed in the mid 1920s. After that, it served as a badminton, boxing and athletic club; and latterly as a store, used by James Ferguson. It was destroyed in a fire on 28 September 1977.”

Canmore has a photo taken before the fire. John Gifford’s book on Fife buildings dates the original warehouse as c1830.

The application states “We wish to convert the area next to our home into a garden, including a small area for off street parking. We have agreement from the Council to purchase the land, subject to planning permissions for change of use & erection of a fence being agreed.

This was raised at the recent Community Council meeting and was discussed briefly. None of the illustrations were shown to members and it’s unknown how many had seen them online.

One community councillor said the plans “look good” another wondered why the land had not been offered for sale on the open market. The CC has decided not to comment on the plan.

It is not clear how many people know about this planned development. There is no Neighbour Notification List on Fife Council’s website or the customary laminated notification on a nearby post.

Recently a plaque was unveiled outside Burntisland Library proclaiming “Burntisland Fife’s Favourite Conservation Area 2017”

The site is C Listed and within the Conservation Area.

There has been mention of ‘anti-social activities’ and also use by local children for scareboarding etc. There was not much litter visible on Saturday – unless the abandoned trees count?

There are various issues here.

Is it right for Fife Council to be willing to sell land without (apparently) going through a transparent process?

Has this particular proposal had the normal public scrutiny process carried out properly?

Are the interests of the history and amenity of Burntisland best served by excluding public access and hiding what is there behind a solid fence?

Is the proposal in the architects’ drawing suitable in a Conservation Area opposite the A Listed Parish Church?

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Forth Ports Restricts Dock Access


A boat arrives from Riga roughly every six weeks to deliver timber for Scott’s to turn into pallets.

Until this week a system has been in place to allow pedestrians through from the Beacon area to the Station.


Although the fencing is there, as before, leaving a narrow path, extra security staff have been employed to stop people passing near the unloading between 7 in the morning and 7 at night.

The Courier

There is some local concern that this temporary closure could lead to more measures to restrict access to the Docks and breakwater.

It does highlight the need for a proper path between the Station and the Beacon and Beach.

This would tie-in with the Fife Local Development Plan –

“Green Network Priorities for this site are:

* Improve access and public realm as part of any development proposals in
the harbour area.

* Incorporate green infrastructure providing habitat, SUDS and contributing to the landscape setting, including in areas where public access is impracticable or inappropriate due to the nature of site use.”

It also matches with the aims of the Energy Masterplan which is just about to start a new phase.

“Working with the project team, the community mapped these barriers and opportunities to increase active travel from housing developments, school, play areas in the links, the beach, the main shopping area, medical facilities, the train station, main bus stops and the popular coastal path.”

“Measurable objectives for the transport element of the project were to expand and develop safe active travel pathways “


From Local Energy Masterplan