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Mar 09, 2022
In Community Council
Changes to SEPA’s air quality monitoring around the Mossmorran Complex In 2019 we confirmed that our air quality monitoring around the Mossmorran Complex would continue throughout the period of investment and the installation of new flare tips and ground flares. At the same time we committed to working with partner agencies with air quality responsibilities to assess future requirements. In September 2021, we held four community engagement sessions in partnership with Fife Council and the Health and Safety Executive to listen to the needs of the community. We used the feedback to inform our review of the monitoring we undertake and how we share the results of that monitoring with the local community. To date, our monitoring has shown no breaches of the air quality objectives, but it was clear in hearing from the community that there continues to be a concern about air quality in the area. The community asked for: · Permanent monitoring of air quality in the communities around Mossmorran. · Simple, easy to understand and timely data, with the ability to get more detail if required. Why are things changing? We have reviewed how we will monitor air quality and taking the feedback from communities into account we are planning to make some changes to how we monitor air quality and how we make information on air quality available, in a way that will hopefully provide greater reassurance to local communities. We are implementing a new monitoring plan that will: · change the monitoring locations; · increase the number of monitoring points; · increase the range of air pollutants that we measure. The new monitoring equipment will allow us to explore improved ways of presenting data and trends on the levels of the pollutants measured. More information on the enhanced monitoring plan is available online mossmorran-air-quality-stakeholder-update.pdf (sepa.org.uk). As part of the transition to the new monitoring programme, we carried out work between 1 and 3 March to change some of the equipment being used. What has SEPA done so far in implementing the new monitoring plan? A new sensor array has now been installed in Auchtertool. The benefits of this are: It is the same type of monitor that we will be using as part of the enhanced monitoring programme that will come online later this year. These units are easier to locate than the trailer we have used up to this point due to their size and power requirements and has been installed in a similar but more accessible location. It is the same type of unit that is being used by Fife Council as part of its air quality assessments. This means that data should be comparable, and therefore between the two organisations we will have a better picture of air quality across the county. It measures a similar range of pollutants as the trailer, including carbon monoxide, oxides of nitrogen and particulate matter. It will also allow us to measure other pollutants of interest in the future. The trailer of equipment that we had located at a site to the North East of the site for the last few years has been removed. The transition to our new approach and the new sensor array means the trailer is no longer required. This is only a small change in our current monitoring. There have been no other changes to our monitoring at this time and the particulate monitors in Lochgelly, Auchertool and Donibristle and our noise monitors at Lochgelly and Auchtertool remain in place. You can find out more about the new equipment on the AQMesh website. What happens next? We are committed to providing updates to the community as we continue our transition to our new approach. We will publish more information later in the year, including: · Information on the equipment we are installing. · Timescales for work. · How we will improve access to the air quality data collected. Updates will be published on our Mossmorran hub. Your sincerely, Peter Finnie Public Affairs Scottish Environment Protection Agency C.C. Relevant MSPs, MP, Local Councillors, Council Leaders & CEO, Community Councils, MAG, ASLTW.
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Web Master
Nov 25, 2021
In Community Council
Edinburgh Napier University (Transport Research Institute) is working with Stagecoach on a project which aims to launch the UKs first autonomous (self-driving) bus service in East Scotland in 2022. We are keen to understand how industry and stakeholders feel about this emerging technology. Now is your chance to share your views by completing a short 2 minute survey. Your responses will help us explore support for the project, benefits and risks associated with autonomous buses and the barriers and drivers towards implementation. For more information and to complete the survey please click on the link below. Follow this link to the Survey: Take the Survey Or copy and paste the URL below into your internet browser: https://napierldowney.fra1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_dcysCI2gBZjAd0O?Q_DL=RE3rEFQIsnOKk76_dcysCI2gBZjAd0O_CGC_om18aWjtdqXfgxj&Q_CHL=email
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Web Master
Nov 25, 2021
In Community Council
Apply for a grant (fva.org) The Fife Communities Mental Health and Wellbeing Fund offers grants between £1,000 - £50,000 to support adult (16+) community-based initiatives to help address the impact of distress and mental ill-health caused by social isolation and loneliness, as well as addressing the mental health inequalities exacerbated by the Covid-19 pandemic. Fife Voluntary Action (FVA) is working with Fife Council and Fife Health and Social Care Partnership, to help distribute the funds across the Fife area. This is a two-year fund and we expect to receive another £1m to fund projects starting in April 2022. Eligibility This fund is open to third sector organisations and Community Councils in Fife. You don't need to be a mental health organisation, but your proposal must evidence a contribution to the mental health and wellbeing of adults. Unconstituted groups can contact us for free support to consider how best to become constituted and apply for the grant. Timescales The timescales of the fund are tight and we're encouraging you to apply as soon as possible to increase your chance of receiving a grant. Applications are now being accepted for round 1, which will close on 01 December 2021, and round two will open on 02 December and close on 19 January 2022. How to apply Please visit www.fva.org/mhgrant to apply for a grant via our online application form. Visit this page to view the Grant Guidance Document (situated on the right-hand side of the page) for full details on eligibility, funding outcomes, and intended beneficiaries. If you have any questions about the fund or would like support with your application, please e-mail grants@fva.org or call us on 0800 389 6046. Best regards Eloise​. Eloise Wilson Policy and Communications Officer Direct: 01333 433 692 | Main number: 0845 600 6046 e: eloise@fva.org | w: www.fva.org a: Caledonia House, Pentland Park, Saltire Centre , Glenrothes , Fife , KY6 2AQ
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Web Master
Sep 24, 2021
In Community Council
Winter is coming. Fife Council have published a spreadsheet for the proposed location of grit bins. Although there is little chance of any additional bins, they are requesting feedback on potential relocation of existing bins to maximise the benefit of the grit bins. This thread is your opportunity to provide your opinion so that we can feedback to Fife Council. Thank you. If you wish to check the location of the Gritting bins listed by Fife Council a link to their website is available in the directory section of this website.
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Web Master
Jul 14, 2021
In Community Council
The community Council has been contacted by the Fife Communities Climate Action Network (FCCAN). The Network is creating a Fife Cycling Community Action Plan to look at the barriers to more people commuting by bike and what measures would best address these. FCCAN would like you to complete their survey, regardless of whether or not you currently cycle, so that their plan reflects the views of as many Fifers as possible. They are interested in hearing from anyone over 17 who lives in Fife and currently commutes to work, college or university, including people who don’t currently commute due to COVID but who are likely to in the future. The community council has written to FCCAN drawing attention to our community’s difficulties in accessing the cycle network and highlighting that there is also a need to cater for recreational cyclists. We would therefore ask people to complete the survey and highlight these difficulties for both workers and recreational cyclists. The survey will take about 10 minutes to complete, and anyone who completes it can enter a prize draw to win £30 of vouchers for either Maria’s Baking Stories, Fisher and Donaldson or National Book Tokens. It can be accessed at https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/B3FXXJZ.
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Jul 14, 2021
In Community Council
A proposal of Application notice has been prepared on behalf of George Russell (Construction) Ltd. For a a Major application for equestrian, tourism, forestry, recreational and residential development with associated landscape restoration and infrastructure works at the former Meadowhill Open Cast Coal Site. As an adjoining body we have been invited for consultation. Please add your feedback in this forum.
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