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ISSUE 7 May 2012

posted 21 May 2012, 12:39 by Ian Holmes-Lewis
This Community Bulletin is produced by the saline & Steelend Community Futures Group

2012 Art Exhibition

Over 400 folk visited the Saline Community Centre to view the annual West Fife Villages Exhibition of Art, Photography and Crafts, held over the weekend of 21/22 April. 

At 2 pm on Saturday Gareth Turner, the President of the Saline & District Horticultural and Handcraft Society, introduced Lys Hansen, international artist and former president of the Society of Scottish Artists, who officially opened the show. Ms Hansen said that she was extremely impressed with the variety and quality of the work on display. This was the seventh year that Saline had hosted this exhibition and it goes from strength to strength. The quality of the exhibits was considered by many to be better than ever. 

The main exhibition housed 182 paintings, 119 photographs and 43 prints.
Over 500 exhibits were submitted by the pupils of the 10 West Fife village primary schools. A personalised “Certificate of Merit” has been awarded to each pupil who participated.  A popular attraction for the young visitors is the watercolour workshop run by artist Liz Harvey. Liz introduces them to various techniques used to produce a range of different visual effects.

Exhibition Manager John Crane said, “The organising of the exhibition is a team effort and a large number of people are involved.  Saline and Steelend should be proud of this event and we thank everyone who came along to visit over the weekend.” 

The Exhibition Wash-up meeting will be held at 7 pm, Tuesday 29th May in the Saline Community Centre

Possible housing development adjacent to The Glebe …

One topic dominated discussion at the meeting of Saline and Steelend Community Council on the 24 April – a planning application that has been submitted for housing development on a piece of land off North Road in Saline adjacent to The Glebe.

The site layout shows access to the development from The Glebe across the garden of a house owned by the applicant, which many people present thought entirely inappropriate.  The general view expressed by the residents of the area was that The Glebe was a cul-de-sac and that this small estate provides an attractive, safe and secure environment, particularly for children and the elderly, and creating a roadway from it through to a new development  would increase vehicular movement to an unacceptable degree and compromise their safety.

There was concern too that when first submitted the application referred only to the construction of the access road and no reference was made to a housing development in the Planning Notice that had appeared in the Dunfermline Press.  

Many of those present expressed surprise that individual Neighbour Notifications had not been issued.  Councillor Bobby Clelland explained that these were no longer the responsibility of the applicant and that Fife Council Planning Department deem the advertisements they place in local papers to be adequate.

A previous application for this site had shown access directly from North Road, but this had been rejected because of the concerns of the Transportation Department about visibility and sightlines.  After lengthy discussion it was agreed that the Community Council would invite representatives of Fife Council Planning and Transportation departments to attend an open public meeting to discuss residents’ concerns about the development.

… and on the former Saline Hotel site

The derelict state of the former Saline Hotel is a concern for most people in the area and whilst lamenting the loss of the pub, many residents will welcome the planning application for three houses on the site.  

West Road is one of the main ‘gateways’ to Saline and it is particularly important that any development in this location respects the traditional form and character of this part of the village.  At present arrival in Saline from the west is signalled by two or three traditional properties just beyond the entrance to the football field.  The newer houses further along, set back behind West Road, are barely visible and the old hotel is the next significant building.  Beyond this, one and two-storey houses of traditional style create a strong frontage, reinforced by low stone walls at the back of pavement, punctuated by gates and small vehicle entrances.

The proposed development on the hotel site is for three detached houses, and in terms of their scale and form they will sit happily alongside their neighbours, although the blank gable wall of the first house that greets you is not especially attractive.  Furthermore, the front garden car parking spaces and integral garages will have a significant, negative, visual impact, and be out of character with other properties on this important frontage.  Also, the level change across the site has been used to create north-facing ‘family rooms’ on a lower level at the back of the properties.  However, vehicle access is available from the rear of the site and if ownership issues can be resolved, parking spaces and garages could be located around the back where they will have minimal visual impact, and the south-facing spaces currently allocated to cars could benefit families.  It would also create a much more attractive frontage and avoid the need for three pavement crossovers.  There might also be an opportunity to reinstate pedestrian access from Argyle Place up on to West Road.

Saline Golf Club Joint Celebration

As you  know, the 2 June 2012 marks 60 years since the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth. 2012 is also the centenary year of Saline Golf Club. 
What better reasons for Saline Golf Club to organise a joint celebration? 

Everyone is welcome and is invited to join in the fun on Saturday the 2nd June at the Golf Club.  All kinds of attractions are planned. A Bouncy Castle, a barbecue, and even a jazz band. The event will be open from 10.30 am until 5.30 pm.  Come and meet friends, bring the children and maybe partake of a wee beverage!

A raffle will be held and the donation of prizes from village groups and individuals would be greatly appreciated. 

Jubilee Day Cream Teas!!

On Jubilee Day, 5 June, Saline and District Heritage Society will celebrate the  opening of the mini-museum with cream teas for all,  served outside the Session House if the weather is good or otherwise in the Church hall, between 11am and 1.00pm

Saline and District Heritage Society

The AGM of the society took place on 2 May. Linda Moyes, the chairman, looked back on the past year's events. She remarked on the excellent attendances at the wintertime speakers' evenings and the success, too, of the summer exhibition in the old Session House. This year the exhibition theme will be "The Queen's Jubilee and Coronation". If you have any memorabilia from that time, or can relate any stories, please get in touch with us.

Looking ahead, she asked for volunteers to help with projects which are already underway or soon to come:

a) interviewing long term residents of the area and recording information given
b) researching names on the War Memorial - in two years it will be the centenary of the first world war. Liz Lister is leading this project.
c) tidying the old graveyard in Bridge Street and cleaning gravestones - led by Donald Murdoch.
d) taking a turn on the rota for the opening of the mini-museum (Wednesdays 10.00am - 12noon and Sundays 11.30am – 1.00pm)

The existing committee was re-elected unanimously. Nominations were requested for another two members but there were no proposals.

A considerable debate followed regarding the usual winter meeting night of the last Wednesday in the month. This apparently clashes with other organisations' dates. It was finally decided this would be reviewed when Village Calendar is up and running.

Another innovation is the setting up of a membership list and the meeting decided to institute an annual membership fee of £5.00 with entrance to speaker events at £2.00 for non-members and £1.00 for members. The entrance money is mainly to pay for speakers' expenses.

Up for Grabs!
Four Saline and Steelend residents, along with 30 other "contestants", are off to the "Up for Grabs" event on 26th May being held by Fife Council to compete for a slice of £10,000 to support the development of our communications strategy – fingers crossed!

Steelend Table Event
Have you got cupboardfuls of stuff you no longer need?  Why not pass it on to others and perhaps make a few bob?  Steelend Gala Committee is holding a Table Sale in Steelend Club on Sunday 24 June to raise money for the gala. The cost of having a table is £10.  Setting up is at 11.30am and doors open for business at 12 noon.  If you would like to take a table contact Jean Morris on 01383 851722.

A big ‘Thank you’
SU Youth Group want to thank everyone who supported their Book/ CD/ Games Sale on 21 April when the sum of £346.52 was raised.  They plan a Games Day in the near future  - open invitation to teenagers to join in.

Forthcoming meetings and events

Saline Environmental Group
Tuesday 29 May
6.30pm Saline Community Centre

Community Council
Tuesday 29 May
7.30pm Saline Community Centre

Saline and District Heritage Society
Speaker:  George Robinson, Chairman of Dunfermline Heritage Society on  William Adamson, a Dunfermline miner, who became Secretary of State for Scotland.
Wednesday 30 May
7.00pm Saline Church Hall
Tickets at door £1
Tea/coffee included

Kinneddar Park and Cowstrandburn Residents Association
Wanted - Web Updater
Wanted - Interested residents to lead steering groups for Resident Get togethers
Can you help?
 Next meeting Wednesday 16 May.