This last week has held no strategic meetings for me to attend and this gives me a chance to attend to local issues. Two community councils needed preparation beforehand and then lots of issues needed to be followed up afterwards. It is important to have time to call on local people with problems that need to be resolved and these can vary from concerns over housing repairs to worries about road side ditches and potholes.
As Councillors we all sit on local committees that make decisions on planning matters. Currently there are numerous applications for wind turbines and these are often very controversial. The planning officers are running workshops so we can discuss all the issues that need to be taken into account such as height, noise, impact on the environment and of course on communities and individuals. Equally important are the cumulative effects of wind turbines and these need to be considered too. Such workshops are very useful.
Fife has a beautiful coastline that many enjoy as they use the coastal path. However during storms such as the bad one of March 2010 various parts have suffered a real battering. Some beaches have lost their tourist designation as the Council is unable to repair all the storm damage at once. One of the local beaches in Anstruther is getting a basic repair carried out to prevent further damage during this winter and to allow proper access again. To see many lorry loads of concrete being poured certainly helps to explain why these sorts of repairs are so expensive.