Vandalism on the Lammerlaws

This pillbox has managed to survived for nearly 80 years and remain free of graffiti.

It was built to protect the harbour from German aircraft visiting the Forth.

It’s been climbed over, picnicked on, jumped off and hung out on by many local people.

The spraypainter probably thought this concrete monolith needed brightening up – or perhaps people visiting this tranquil corner of Burntisland need reminding which country they are in!

People visit the peninsula for many reasons – dog walking, boat watching, bird watching, fish catching – even the chance of seeing whales (January and February).

Unfortunately a tiny number of people prefer a bit of destruction. A few discard cans and bottles (a small minority of dog owners think it’s ok to clean up after their dogs and then throw the bag into the bushes.)

The Community Councillor with responsibility for environmental issues, John Bruce, said “I most certainly condemn vandalism within the Town and especially in this area where people should be able to visit in peace and quiet to look at the beautiful view over the Forth”.

The Lammerlaws isn’t just a nice place to be, it’s also an SSSI (Site of Special Scientific Interest), partly because of the fragile soils and plant life.

It’s no place for barbecues, campfires or graffiti.

The Community Council has a plan to improve access for people with mobility difficulties. Grander plans to create an ‘attraction’ have been scaled back after a consultation exercise raised concerns about too many people having an adverse effect.

It’s a fine balance. In the past, the number of people visiting wore away the path surfaces, but too few visitors leads to a sense of neglect.

It’s presumed that this building is owned by Fife Council and that they will be quick to remove the paint. Nearby is an even older structure – the lime kiln – which also needs some careful conservation.

Update –

Fife Council couldn’t get a powerwasher close, so just painted over the graffiti, in white.

Red Ensign Raised at Burntisland Burgh Chambers

Today Burntisland marked 80 years since the start of the Second World War, with a flag raising ceremony on Merchant Navy Day.

Community Councillor John Bruce (centre) explained the background to the assembled group which included local councillors and merchant seamen.

“Since the start of this century the 3rd of September has been the UK’s designated Merchant Navy Day, the UK’s prosperity has of course been dependent on the merchant navy since the beginning of international trade.

“But only during the Two World Wars did the British public realise that without merchant navy ships and brave seafarers, the UK would soon be starved of food and other essential supplies.

“While many people know that the 3rd of September 1939 marked the outbreak of the Second World War, few are aware that it also marks the first major British maritime casualty, the merchant vessel SS Athenia, torpedoed just a few hours after hostilities were declared, with the loss of 128 passengers and crew.

“Although many hundreds of merchant ships and thousands of seafarers would meet the same fate in the years to come, the 3rd of September is now enshrined as Merchant Navy Day to honour the brave men and women who kept our island nation afloat during both World Wars, and even during peacetime – and continue to face – the more routine perils of violent storms and mountainous seas.

“By us raising the Red Ensign we remember them and the debt we all owe to merchant seafarers past and present.”

He also read out a message from HRH The Earl Of Wessex President Of Seafarers UK –

“On this Merchant Navy Day, I very much hope you will support this campaign by Seafarers UK to remember the sacrifice, salute the courage and support the future of the often unsung personnel of our Merchant Navy. Too often they are the forgotten or invisible service, by raising the Red Ensign you will ensure that at least on this day they are remembered. Your act will mean so much to their families and to the retired, but most especially to those at sea.”

The flag will fly until Friday.

Doors Open Day in Fife for Next Three Weekends (Burntisland 8th)

It’s now the 30th year of this great scheme which covers the whole of Scotland.

Only two buildings are listed as open in Burntisland this year (Sunday only) – the Heritage Centre (from here you can also visit the Burgh Chambers) and Parish Church – but plenty more in Central Fife and Kirkcaldy.

Also, nearby, Earthship Fife Visitor Centre At Kinghorn Loch.

In addition on the 8th, and 7th, 6 artists’ studios are open.

“Burntisland, Fife – a town that’s getting it right”

“Burntisland is a small town on the coast of Fife, in between Kinghorn and Aberdour, and it’s a town that’s doing something pretty special.

“​It’s a town which I’ve visited practically every summer for as long as I can remember, mainly for the Fairground that comes for the entire school summer holidays.

“The high street is bustling, the shops are open and there is a lovely, happy vibe. There is an amazing sense of community, the locals are proud of their small independent shops and regularly use them. The shop keepers work together and share ideas. People chat in the street and shop keepers know their customers by name. It seems to be, at least partly, down to an initiative called ‘Totally Locally’.”

Great blog post by FunkyEllas.

 

 

St3ve Fest 2019 @ Toll Centre Burntisland Sunday 8th

Family friendly event to raise awareness of mental health, self harm and suicide.

St3ve Fest, Sunday 8 September 2019, 1pm – 8pm, Burntisland Toll Centre, KY3 9HA

Join us for an afternoon and evening of music and fun for all the family, and a chance to meet different agencies who can support you with your mental health.

£10 a ticket (£5 for 16-20 year olds and concessions, free for under 16s)