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Issue 13 March 2013

posted 12 Mar 2013, 08:38 by Ian Holmes-Lewis   [ updated 6 Feb 2015, 11:32 ]

Community Council News

At the February meeting of the Saline & Steelend Community Council the following matters were discussed:

Saline Post Office

Bill Walker MSP had advised the Community Council that, as a consequence of various offers from Post Office HQ, the agent at Saline has agreed to leave the business with compensation, if  a suitable alternative operator to run one of the new style branches can be identified.  It is understood that the Village General Store have expressed an interest in taking on the task. 

Police Matters

PC 894 Steve Harley, the Community Officer for the West Fife Villages, has informed us that the next Community Engagement meeting was held on Wednesday 6th March at 7.00pm at Blairhall Community Centre, Wilson Street, Blairhall.

 Poor Condition of Roads

Community Council Secretary, Dave Quinney, has found it necessary to write directly to the Chief Executive of Fife Council concerning the condition of the roads in the Saline/Steelend area. Specifically, Dave has highlighted the poor condition of the B914 between Saline and the Clackmannanshire boundary and the deterioration of the B913 road through Steelend. Dave also highlights the failure to adequately clear the pavement outside Saline Primary School of ice and snow during the last period of inclement weather. If you agree with the Community Council’s view, why not support the community with a letter to Fife Council or the local press?

Unsung Heroes
A number of people at the recent Community council meeting highlighted the voluntary snow and ice clearing work undertaken by local farmer John Baxter. We say very many thanks to John on behalf of the folk from Steelend, Cowstrandburn, Bandrum and Saline. We should not forget the snow clearance work undertaken by other local farmers.

Eco Cemetery
What’s that all about then?  Some enterprising individual who owns a strip of land at the top of Bandrum Hill close to the Temple has applied to develop an Eco Cemetery, ie where bodies are buried in degradable containers in woodland areas. The application has been suspended awaiting more information from the applicant. Watch this space.

Saline & Steelend Youth
Cllr Bobby Cleland is holding a meeting to determine the views and aspirations of the young people of the parish
This will take place in the Saline Community Centre on 13 March at 6pm. All young folk from 14 to 18 years of age are encouraged to attend.

The Local Development Plan

See posters at Saline Post Office and Saline General Store.

Wind Turbines
Till Kroeber, who has a considerable interest in wind turbines, has been seconded onto the Community Council to advise on local applications and proposed developments. Till holds regular discussion forums in the relaxed atmosphere of Saline Golf Club. 
The next meeting will take place at 7 pm on Wednesday 20 March. All are welcome.
If you have any questions or observations on the foregoing, please feel free to contact John Crane on 852698 or email  The next Community Council meeting will be held at 7.30pm on 26 March in the Saline Community Centre. We try and keep our meetings as friendly and as informal as possible and everyone can have their say.

Wind Turbine Update
Construction of the large turbine already approved at Lockshaw Moss, west of Saline, will not start in the first half of this year according to the turbine company. Wind turbine developers continue to plan their large projects round Saline and it looks there will be some further exhibitions by developers to inform the public held in the community hall. This is a good opportunity to get a sense of the scale of the projects and the impact on our communities.

Following the Community Council meeting in January, John Crane will take forward a consultation of Steelend inhabitants regarding a proposed turbine at Killernie Farm.

The Outhmuir Community Liaison Group met in February. The developer announced that the numbers of turbines has been reduced to five. The height currently suggested is 126m but might be higher in the final application.

The Wind Turbine Discussion Forum has met for the second time and focused on future planning guidelines for Fife. The next meeting is scheduled for 20 March at Saline Golf Club.

Muirside Tree Planting
The Forestry Commission, with the help of Saline Primary, are holding a community planting event at Muirside on 27 March.  We will be planting a variety of small broadleaf trees.  
Please contact Annie Gardiner, Community Ranger, on 07824 528028 if you would like to get involved.  All hands welcome; staff from the Forestry Commission will be on site from 8:30am until 4pm.
 Bring waterproofs, wellies and, if you can, a spade.

New Four-Bin Service
The new four-bin service starts in Saline on Monday 18 March.  The four-bin service will allow you to recycle all your cans and plastics in a new green bin, all your food and garden waste in your brown bin.  Your grey bin will be the bin you recycle all your paper and cardboard and your blue bin will switch to become your landfill (general waste) bin.
By now you should have received your information pack, kitchen caddy and green bin.
If you do not have any of the above or do not have a blue bin, please get in touch NOW and we will arrange delivery.

On Monday 18 March it is essential that you put out both your blue and grey bins.  
This allows us to empty and clearly label them so that you are ready to start the new service.
Please note that the four-bin service does not apply to householders living in ‘rural’ properties. 
Contact us on:
TEL: 08451 55 00 22

Editor’s note:  I have been assured by Paul Doherty, Technical Officer (Zero Waste) for Fife Council, that they are in the process of examining the rural collection service with the aim of introducing recycling for these residents and that they hope to provide residents with some initial information on this service in the coming months. He hopes that the service will be implemented for ‘rural’ residents before the summer.

Adult Badminton takes place at Saline Community Centre three times a week and beginners are always welcome. 
The times are Monday nights at 7.45pm, Wednesday afternoons at 1.30pm and Wednesday afternoons at 7.30pm.
You don’t need to know how to play to come along so get along and join in!

The Return of Craft and Chatter!
Friday nights of crafting and chatter have returned with a new venue. The time is still from 7pm onwards on the last Friday night of each month, but the place is now the Session Room at the Church Hall. 
Bring your knitting, crochet, sewing, embroidery, spinning, cross-stitch or lace-making – in fact, anything that you can work on while having a blether and a cuppa. Come and make new friends and enjoy your hobby at the same time.

Family Fun Day

A fun day for all the family will be held in Saline Church grounds and the adjacent school playground on Saturday 13 April from 12 noon until 4pm. Entrance is free. 

Radio West Fife will be there all day and there will be a range of attractions, including:
 Bouncy Castles 
 Children’s’ Entertainer
 Ice-Cream Van
 Toy Stall
 Face-Painting
 Tombola
 Chip Van
PLUS – world-famous drumming group: Sambangraare coming up from Manchester especially to perform at various times during the afternoon.

If you’d like a stall at the Fun Day, please contact Joanna Jackson 

Disco @ the Golf Club 
On Saturday 20 April, from 8pm until midnight, there will be a disco at Saline Golf Club. The DJ will be David Fortune (Radio West Fife). All welcome (over 18s). Proceeds will go to the gala committee.
 Please contact the Golf Club for further details.
Telephone 01383-852591

Local Development Plan Consultation
Fife Council has invited comments on the Local Development Plan which identifies four sites in Saline that might be suitable for housing development. 
The document emphasises that these sites have no planning status. They have been included simply to highlight options and promote discussion.  
Three of the sites are glebe lands on Bridge Street owned by the Church for which proposals have been submitted previously but rejected as being unsuitable. Apart from the impact that housing on these sites would have on the character of the village, it is highly questionable whether Bridge Street has the capacity to support such development.
The fourth site is the field on West Road beside the church and primary school.  Unlike the Bridge Street sites, vehicle access is relatively straightforward but development of the whole of this site would have considerable impact on the view of Saline from further along West Road. However, a small amount of housing in the corner of the field closest to the church and bus turning circle could be attractive and might facilitate the creation of the additional parking and school drop off area that has been suggested as a way of eliminating problems on Oakley Road.
Copies of the consultation document can be found on the Fife Direct website.

Steelend Football Ground
The possibility of sheltered housing on the football ground at Steelend is being investigated. Discussions have taken place with the owners of the club about relocation. It is an attractive location for housing, very close to the bus turning circle, and development might provide a catalyst for other improvements to the village such as the re-opening of the shop and a new life for the community centre.

Highland Dance Classes
Spaces are available in the Highland Dance classes at the Church Hall.

Saline Environmental Group: Special Meeting
A decision is expected soon about Saline Environmental Group’s application to the BIG Lottery Fund for £90,000 towards the cost of creating the new path from Saline to Kinneddar Park. 
The feedback the group has received from the BGF has been encouraging. Cash already raised includes a bridge from the Forestry Commission worth £15000, £5000 each from the Blair Trust, the Colton Trust and Fife Council's Area Budget plus further commitments from Fife Council.

At the last meeting it was agreed to call a Special Meeting to review the functioning of the group and where necessary update the Constitution.  The original Constitution was adopted some years ago when the aims of the group were more modest.  It will also be an opportunity to reflect on what projects the group might undertake in the future and ensure that they are reflected in the aims and objectives.
The Special Meeting will be held at 7.00pm on Thursday 14 March in Saline Community Centre.  
Past and present members and anyone else with an interest in environmental matters is very welcome to attend.

Don’t forget – if you have things you want to promote on the community website, contact Ian Holmes-Lewis on 851855 or Mark Baugh on 851059,

Saline and Steelend Community Development Trust
It has taken some time to obtain the funding but the Community Development Trust Steering Group is pleased to be able to announce that Lesley Campbell, who facilitated the preparation of the Community Action Plan, has now been re-appointed to assist with the setting up of the Trust. 

Some people have asked what is the difference between the Community Council and a Community Development Trust? 
The primary purpose of the Community Council is to provide a channel of communication between Fife Council and local people, mainly through monthly open meetings.  The Community Development Trust is intended to be the ‘action arm’ of the Community Council and able take forward the more ambitious projects identified in the Community Action Plan.  Unlike the Community Council it can employ staff, borrow money and own property.  The Development Trust could also provide an ‘umbrella’ for other interest groups for example the Saline and Steelend Communications Group, Saline Environmental Group, the Affordable Housing Group and other groupings that emerge to develop Action Plan themes.

We will shortly be arranging a series of meetings with Lesley to develop a constitution for the Trust. Details will be sent to members of the original Steering Group and those who expressed an interest in the Trust at the Talking Tables event last year.  However, if you would like to become involved please contact David Chisholm on 853168 or email 

Horticultural Society
The 2013 Horticultural Show Committee has been expanded and hopes to bring some new ideas to the Saline Flower Show.  The Committee is listed below with contact details. 
The show will include all the usual features in addition to the gardening categories:
     Baking
     Jam-Making
     Flower Arranging 
     Art & Crafts
     Photography 
However, gardening in today’s world has changed from the traditional large expanse. Many people are keen on the garden but lack the space to cultivate a big area. Today, as well as the traditional garden, we see:
     Patio Gardens 
     Hanging Baskets 
     Containers 
     Raised Vegetable and Flower Beds 
This is great news. All give scope to bring expanded thoughts to the Flower Show and we hope to encourage more involvement from the children of the village. Additional support from anyone interested in being involved would be very welcome - please contact either the Chairman or Secretary. 
Show opening times will be 2.00-4.30pm on Saturday 7 September and 2.00-4.30pm on Sunday 8 September. 
It is hoped to get schedules out to the village in April.

Horticultural Society Members
Honorary President: Mr M Phelan
Honorary Vice-President: Mr G Davidson
Office Bearers
President:                     Gareth Turner, 852887,
Vice President:             Sheila Anderson, 852639, 
Secretary:                    Sheila Travers, 852249,
Treasurer:                    Christine Turner, 852887,
Show Manager:            John Crane, 852698,
Assist. Show Manager: Cath Curle, 850021,
Show Secretary:           Muriel Phillips, 852755,

    Bill Phillips, 852755,
    Irene Wardell, 852683,
    Lorna Jack, 723522,
    Brian Shepherd, 851009 
    Margaret Grainger, 830029, 
    Sharon Buchanan, 01577 840218,
    Elsie Hannah, 852509,
    John Anderson, 852639,
    Mark Baugh, 851059,

Saline and District Heritage Society
Although we are fortunate to have the use of the Old Session House of Saline Church for exhibition purposes, it is not large enough to accommodate a permanent museum so every year we have to decide on a theme detailing some aspect of our history.

Our decision this year is to concentrate on local industries, ie agriculture, coal mining, weaving, iron works and lime works. While our committee has already started to undertake research into these subjects, we know only too well that the real knowledge lies out there with you – the people who were and are involved in this work.
Will you help us? Tell us what you know of any aspect of local industry and any of its history relating to Saline and District. Any old tools, artefacts etc would be particularly appreciated. Items lent or given to us will be handled and displayed with great care.

If you can help in any way, contact either Linda Moyes on 852817 or Jane Roxburgh on 852677.

Meetings are well-attended with coffee/tea and biscuits served beforehand. 
The next meeting will be John Le Marie and Stan Walsh on The Prestons of Valleyfield and will take place on Wednesday 27 March at 7.00pm for 7.30pm in the Church Hall.

Good Samaritan
Upper Kinneddar mum of the Good Samaritan who loaned a woolly hat to an elderly gentleman following a road accident at Upper Steelend: could you or your son please ring 851919.

Stop Press!
The planned geophysical survey of the Glebe Field adjacent to the old cemetery in Bridge Street will take place on 21 and 22 March. The reason for the new survey is to establish whether or not there are further buildings or graves in this area and, if so, to attempt to date them.

Lynne’s Monkey or the Saline Gorilla?
"I was interested to see the reference to the Saline Gorilla in last month’s newsletter. Our family has always known it as Lynne’s Monkey since 1981. Lynne, my granddaughter, who is now 33, pointed it out to us when she was three years old! We hadn’t noticed it ourselves – it took a three-year-old to see it!" - Jane Roxburgh

Forthcoming Meetings and Events

Steelend Club
Domino and pool competitions every Friday from 9.00pm

Every Monday 5.30-6.30pm

Saline Church Hall
Every Thursday 6.00-7.30pm

Every Thursday 7.30pm-9.00pm

The Guild
Alternate Mondays, September-April, 7.30pm

Highland Dancing Classes
Tuesdays 4.00pm-5.00pm: Saline Church Hall
Thursdays 6.30pm-8.00pm: Saline Church Session Room

Saline & District Heritage Society
Wednesday 27 March
7.00pm for 7.30pm
The Prestons of Valleyfield

Saline Community Centre
Saline, Steelend & District SWRI
Wednesday 3 April 7.15pm
Talk on Charity Cycle Ride in Malawi by Dr Lindsey Reid

Over 50s Keep Fit Class
1130am-1230pm, Fridays in term-time

Adult Badminton
Mondays 7.45pm
Wednesday 1.30pm and 7.30pm
Beginners welcome

Saline Church Session Room
Craft and Chatter
Last Friday of every month from 7pm
All welcome

Saline Church & Saline School 
Family Fun Day
Saturday 13 April
12 noon – 4pm

Saturday 20 April 
8pm - midnight
Saline Golf Club 

116th Fife Scout Group
Beaver Colony 
Every Friday, 6pm-7.30 pm 
Cub Pack 
 Every Thursday, 6.30pm-8pm
Scout Troop 
Every Thursday, 7.30pm-9pm
Explorer Unit 
Every Thursday, 7.30pm-9pm 
The Group meets in Carnock Community Centre, Camps Road, Carnock. 
Open to both boys and girls.

Calling All Local Societies and Groups:
Are you the secretary or organiser of a local society or group? Would you like to attract new members or remind people of what is coming up? Or perhaps tell everyone of your achievements and activities?

To have news and reports of your group or society included in the monthly bulletin, contact Jacquie Clapperton on 852367 or 

This Community Bulletin is produced by Saline and Steelend Community Futures Group