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 Its previous target of moving one million acres of land into community ownership has been superseded with the more general objective of “normalising” the acquisition of land and buildings by community groups.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.)


Burntisland: Small Improvements Planned for The Lammerlaws

New plan to clear a small area and install a bench with a view.

Transformation of Lammerlaws to improve accessibility and provide information on historical and natural heritage as proposed by The Royal Burgh of Burntisland Community Council.

Last year Hurd Roland drew up plans for the Community Council which then held public consultations at The Beacon and Library and via an online survey.

At the recent Community Council meeting John Bruce provided an update.

Extract –

“Due to some concern within the community with reference to safety we have decided to scale back our plans to have three pathways within the area.

We are now considering just to concentrate improving the main entrance pathway to make it more accessible for wheelchairs taking it a short distance in to allow anyone to be able to look at the view over the Forth, also a possibility in placing a bench in this area with an interpretation board explaining the history of this area especially the old lime kiln and vitriol works which dates back to the 1700s.

We would also consider clearing the pathway which leads down towards the breakwater to enable wheelchair access this would allow people to go down as far as the breakwater it would also be our intention to ensure that no aggressive cut back of shrubbery be carried out as we intend to protect the wildlife environment in this area.

The work on clearing the main entrances could be carried out by hopefully payback team and some volunteers at minimal cost.”

Likely place for bench, a small area of slabs would be added for wheelchair users.

This part of The Lammerlaws is within the SSSI so landowner Fife Council will need permission from SNH.

The pathway into the area is not part of the SSSI and has been widened and the banks improved by local residents. (On the right is the path to the breakwater. Several circular walking routes are possible and also access to Burntisland Station along the dock road past Scott Pallets.)