Walk ON Sessions at Burntisland Library Begin TODAY (Monday 30th)

Poster in the Library

“Each session starts with a short walk, starting and ending at the library of around 30 to 40 minutes, followed by an informal book chat in the library over a cuppa.

“Sessions run monthly on Mondays starting at 1:30 and if you’d like to come along today, just turn up 10 minutes before the start time and we’ll get you signed up.”

REMEMBER – Burntisland Bonfire and Fireworks Early Warning – REMEMBER

Yesterday’s on-site planning meeting to calculate cone requirements (and much more)

Yes it’s coming round again.

As usual, it’s on the 5th (of November of course!) this year it’s TUESDAY.

Burntisland’s Bonfire night (on The Links) is one of the highlights of the Town’s year.

Thousands turn up, too many come by car and find it hard to get parked and lose patience with the time it takes to leave again.

This year there is a fireworks display in Kirkcaldy at the same time, so perhaps fewer people will come to Burntisland.

Because of traffic issues in previous years, Burntisland’s Events Group (the volunteers who organise Bonfire Night) is applying for a TTRO – which was the primary reason for the meeting involving Fife Council, the Police and Events Group.

The result will be that the Police will have the power and (with the help of parking attendants) the ability to enforce normal and special parking restrictions. (There may even be tow-away zones.)

If you have to come by car, REMEMBER the Links car park will have some Shows on part of the tarmac and will be primarily for blue badge holders.

The usual Tuesday Mass at St. Joseph’s has been cancelled, so there will be car parking there (as in previous years).

The Sands and Kingswood have parking for patrons.

Make a night of it, come early. Various places to eat and drink – some will be open later than normal Tuesdays (more info nearer the night.)

It’s hoped that several ScotRail trains will make an additional stop at Burntisland – like last year. Also it is expected that with this year’s enhanced traffic control the buses will be able to run closer to time.

Much work has already been going on behind the scenes, but extra volunteers are always needed on the day to help build the bonfire and collect donations (plus various other useful tasks).

REMEMBER: This, is a fun family event. It’s FREE, but although Fife Council gives a grant, it doesn’t cover all the costs. Please give generously.

REMEMBER: no guarantee for a warm, windless evening, or a week without rain so the Links could be damp/soggy. So, dress sensibly with wise footwear.

REMEMBER: Leave the car at home or offer lifts to other thinking of driving. Come early and/or leave late to avoid too much waiting in a traffic jam. The Shows continue after the Fireworks as do various pubs and takeaways.

REMEMBER drinking alcohol in the streets and on the Links is illegal.

REMEMBER to tell your friends – txt, phn, FB, Twitter, letter etc.

HMS Prince of Wales Passes Burntisland for First Time

The Lammerlaws is a popular viewing place (sometimes see whales in January and February).

Burntisland: Burgh Chambers Pictured to Publicise New Common Good Reports

Today the Scottish Land Commission has published a 25 page report “Delivering Greater Benefit from Common Good Land and Buildings“ and a 4 page background document Common Good Land

Scotland’s Common Good Funds are worth hundreds of millions of pounds – the vast majority of which is accounted for by land and buildings. Many of these assets are of significant local importance and heritage, and valued by residents – buildings like town halls, tolbooths, and former burgh chambers, as well as parks, gardens, links, and woodland – and the annual income generated by these funds is often distributed to local causes.

The web page announcing these new documents is headed “The future of Common Good assets in Scotland”

Building on an investigation into Common Good assets completed by researchers at the Centre for Local Economic Strategies (CLES), the Commission believes that with the right governance and legal framework, modernising Common Good assets could be a game changer for urban land reform and community ownership in Scotland’s towns and cities.

Common Good assets are held for the benefit of local residents of former Burghs, they can be found in cities, towns and villages across the country, and often include some of the most locally cherished land and buildings such as town halls and parks.

Local Authorities are currently responsible for the management of the Common Good assets in their area, and the research published today shows that management approaches, and community engagement in decisions relating to those assets, can vary significantly across the country.

There are many buildings throughout Scotland that could have been used as an example. Perhaps the use of this well known local landmark will make more people realise how important it is to the past, present and future of the Town.

Perhaps it’s refurbishment and reinvention can become a higher priority and a new group formed to make it happen.

(Burntisland has many more Common Good assets.)

Land reform is a key policy priority for the Scottish Government, and one that it views as integral to regeneration and sustainable development in rural and urban Scotland. Its previous target of moving one million acres of land into community ownership has been superseded with the more general objective of “normalising” the acquisition of land and buildings by community groups.

(From information about Land and Local Government: A SURF People and Sector Connector Gathering – 25th Sept.)