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Council resists army of opposition to 30,000-home development   extract

Trump would have ‘wrecked’ East Neuk   extract

Case against chemical sprays   extract

Villages may fill shortfall in housing   extract

Road drainage work set to cause disruption   extract

Setting sights on providing affordable housing   extract

Quota proposal for affordable housing   extract

Your Place Your Plan - Local Plan for East Fife   extract

Historic inn to reopen   extract

Village pub to re-open   extract

Countryside Agency push Broadband   extract

Licensed trade sector cheered by 'lifestyle' sales boom   extract

Stop this decay   extract

Competition hots up as pub firms target Scotland   extract

Councillor expresses planning concerns   extract

Enjoying a pint is our human right   extract

Hotels spurring healthy appetite for investment   extract

Villagers fight to stop Garvald Hotel becoming house   extract

Society defends walkers' rights   extract

Public access to property questioned by landowner   extract

Path not right of way - landowner   extract

Cambo Arms appeal refused   extract

Redevelopment refusal may set precedent   extract

Owners fail with homes bid for village pub   extract

Prince's plea with time being called on the village pubs   extract

Rates relief package   extract

Human rights law helps drinkers save Scots pub   extract

Decision should be reversed   extract

Cambo Arms housing plan rejected   extract

Inn as house not on, say councillors   extract

Villagers seek to save historic pub   extract

Fife pathways and parks closed   extract

Ex-resident raps 'Kripton Factor' path   extract

Coastal path work to start   extract

Cycle route official opening   extract

Kingask is a 'monstrous plook,' says councillor   extract

Beaches failing tough water tests   extract

Safety concerns over cycle path   extract

Trust reminds cyclists they must play ball   extract

Green belt status proposals receive warm welcome   extract

Cycle path near-miss for woman   extract

Cautious welcome for green belt proposal   extract

Sites not sights for coastal path walkers   extract

MP's welcome for St Andrews Green Belt plan   extract

Crumbling coastal path prompts calls for action   extract

Green belt a step closer   extract

Coastal erosion threatens part of caravan site   extract

Council urged to scrap conservation area plans   extract

Dismay at rejection of green belt plan   extract

Warning signs for coastal path   extract

MP's plea for special East Neuk study   extract

Coastline   extract


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Council resists army of opposition to 30,000-home development   more

Rob Edwards, The Sunday Herald, 26 January 2008

A Scottish local authority has been accused of trying to bulldoze through plans for more than 30,000 new houses that would increase pollution, wreck the countryside and damage democracy.

Trump would have ‘wrecked’ East Neuk   more

Cheryl Wood, The Courier, 2 April 2007

Kingsbarns had a lucky escape after being eyed by Donald Trump as he sought the perfect location for his £1 billion golf resort, community leaders have said.

Case against chemical sprays   more

Fordyce Maxwell, The Scotsman, 3 October 2005

We all make mistakes. Writing dismissively last Saturday about a Royal Commission report on the possible danger to "bystanders" of crop spraying was my most recent.

Villages may fill shortfall in housing   more

Gordon Berry, The Courier, 27 January 2005

Constant pressure for developing new homes in St Andrews could be tackled by directing future growth to the nearby communities of Leuchars and Guardbridge, according to the first draft of the St Andrews and East Fife local plan.

Road drainage work set to cause disruption   more

The Courier, 26 January 2005

Transport on the main St Andrews-Crail road will be in for some disruption over the next few weeks as Fife Council undertakes road drainage works. Yesterday area transportation manager Derek Crowe said the works have been programmed to minimise inconvenience. He warned there will be some temporary closures between Kingsbarns and Cambo House Lodge.

Setting sights on providing affordable housing   more

The Courier, 22 January 2005

Councillors in Fife have approved proposals on how affordable housing can be provided through the planning system.

Quota proposal for affordable housing   more

Gordon Berry, The Courier, 12 November 2004

The property hotspot of northeast Fife should be set a larger target than other areas of the region for provision of much-needed affordable housing.

Your Place Your Plan - Local Plan for East Fife   more

Fife Council News, 6 August 2004

The follow up to the Autumn 2003 East Fife Community Consultation, was 5 Locality Your Place - Your Plan meetings. These provided feedback about the Community Consultation and discussion groups to further inform the draft Local Plan for St. Andrews and East Fife.

Historic inn to reopen   more

The Citizen, 20 February 2004

One of Scotland's oldest coaching inns is to be given a new lease of life.

Village pub to re-open   more

The Courier, 13 February 2004

Residents of Kingsbarns yesterday highlighted the important role played by village pubs in community life as they looked forward to the re-opening next month of one of Scotland’s oldest coaching inns following its closure for more than three years.

Countryside Agency push Broadband   more

ISP Review, 12 September 2003

The Countryside Agency is reported to have ramped up its campaign for bringing broadband coverage to the rural areas of the UK. The group estimates that just 7% of rural villages have hi-speed coverage.

Licensed trade sector cheered by 'lifestyle' sales boom   more

Buyers escaping the rat race have been a tonic for country inn prices

Extract from Commercial Report, Jim Dow, The Scotsman, 9 September 2003

The property market has had its ups and downs in recent years but as far as the licensed trade, hotel, guest houses and hospitality sector is concerned, business has been going in only one direction - up and up.

Stop this decay   more

Letter to Editor, The Scotsman, 9 July 2003

T Flinn, Garvald, East Lothian

Your recent article advocating legislation to ensure owners of valuable buildings respect their stewardship should also be applied to be village pubs. At present, the owner of a supposedly moribund hotel can be refused permission to change its use, but cannot be obliged to reinstate it or sell it to someone who will.

Competition hots up as pub firms target Scotland   more

Extract from Commercial Report, Jim Dow, The Scotsman, 8 July 2003

The licensed trade property market continues to boom and there is a dearth of pubs, restaurants, hotels and guesthouses coming on to the market to meet demand. Closing dates and competitive bidding, comparative newcomers to the sector, are pushing up prices.

Councillor expresses planning concerns   more

Gordon Berry, The Courier, 16 April 2003

A Fife councillor has expressed the fear that decisions involving major planning applications for St Andrews could be taken out of the hands of Fife Council and into the national appeal process.

Enjoying a pint is our human right   more

Mark Smith, The Edinburgh Evening News, 21 March 2003

Villagers fighting to save an historic Midlothian pub are to use human rights laws in a bid to ensure they can continue to enjoy a pint at their local.

Hotels spurring healthy appetite for investment   more

Extract from Commercial Report, Jim Dow, The Scotsman, 28 January 2003

Hotels are driving a lively investor market, according to Christie in its latest business outlook and review. It states that the greatest amount of investor activity in the past year has once again been in the hotel sector........

Villagers fight to stop Garvald Hotel becoming house   more

East Lothian Courier, 16 January 2003

The fight to save the historic Garvald Hotel from closing forever started in earnest this week, as more than 80 residents turned out to a meeting in the village hall, with local councillor Ludovic Broun-Lindsay and MSP John Home Robertson, in a bid to stop the inn becoming a private house.

Society defends walkers' rights   more

Michael Alexander, The Courier, 27 May 2002

A national organisation which represents the legal interests of the public during rights of way disputes has defended people’s right to access a section of the Fife coastal path.

Public access to property questioned by landowner   more

The Courier, 25 May 2002

A Fife landowner who has questioned the local authority’s claim that part of the Fife Coastal Path near Kingsbarns is a right of way yesterday raised doubts over the whole question of public access to private property.

Path not right of way - landowner   more

Gordon Berry, The Courier, 23 May 2002

A Fife landowner has taken issue with a statement from Fife Council that the well-used Fife Coastal Path in the Kingsbarns area is a public right of way.

Cambo Arms appeal refused   more

Anita Rogan, The Citizen, 17 May 2002

Owners of the historic Cambo Arms Hotel, Kingsbarns, have lost their appeal to be allowed to convert the B-listed building into two residential houses.

Redevelopment refusal may set precedent   more

Michael Alexander, The Courier, 16 May 2002

Only time will tell whether refusal of an application to turn one of Scotland’s oldest coaching inns into a house will set a precedent across Scotland.

Owners fail with homes bid for village pub   more

Michael Alexander, The Courier, 11 May 2002

The owners of an East Neuk village pub have failed in their bid to persuade a Scottish Executive Reporter that their business premises were no longer viable and should be subdivided into two houses.

Prince's plea with time being called on the village pubs   more

Kay Jardine, The Herald, 17 December 2001

More than half of all English villages now have no pub, and 70% do not have a shop, according to a new report, with a similar picture in Scotland.

Rates relief package   more

Extract, Scotish Executive News Release, 11 December 2001

A package of rate relief measures for small businesses and rural communities was announced today.

Human rights law helps drinkers save Scots pub   more

Iain Lundy, The Sunday Times, 5 August 2001

European human rights law has been invoked by Scottish planners to stop a couple from converting one of the country's oldest village pubs into houses.

Decision should be reversed   more

Letter to Editor, The Courier, 15 June 2001

Sir, - I am genuinely saddened at the closure of the Cambo Arms Hotel, Kingsbarns. I grew up with the son of the then mine host and have known with affection “The Cammy” for over 60 years.

Cambo Arms housing plan rejected   more

The Citizen, 8 June 2001

Villagers in Kingsbarns won the fight to retain their pub this week after a proposal to convert The Cambo Arms Hotel into houses was turned down.

Inn as house not on, say councillors   more

The Courier, 7 June 2001

The Campaign for Real Ale said yesterday it was "delighted" that Fife councillors had recognised the important role played by village pubs in community life, after council members rejected - at least for the time being - an application to turn one of Scotland’s oldest coaching inns into a house.

Villagers seek to save historic pub   more

Anita Rogan, The Citizen, 4 May 2001

Residents of Kingsbarns have launched a determined campaign to save the village’s only pub amid fears that the well-known Cambo Arms Hotel could be lost to posterity.

Fife pathways and parks closed   more

Leeza Clark, The Courier, 3 March 2001

Fife council is closing its rural parks and pathways and warning the public to stay away from the countryside in a bid to deter the spread of foot-and-mouth disease.

Ex-resident raps 'Kripton Factor' path   more

Michael Alexander, The Courier, 9 January 2001

If Fife Council officials doubt the need for a major maintenance programme on a section of the coastal path between St Andrews and Boarhills, a local rambler has urged them to try negotiating the cliff-top route for themselves.

Coastal path work to start   more

The Citizen, 15 December 2000

Concerns over the part of the Coastal Path, which runs from Boarhills to St Andrews, has prompted the town’s Community Council to call for urgent action.

Cycle route official opening   more

The Courier, 11 November 2000

The official opening of the Kingdom Of Fife Millennium Cycle Ways off-road route between St Andrews and Guardbridge will take place on Tuesday.

Kingask is a 'monstrous plook,' says councillor   more

Gordon Berry, The Courier, 8 November 2000

The new £50 million St Andrews Bay resort development, rapidly taking shape on a prominent rural site at Kingask to the east of the town is a "monstrous plook" which spoils the area’s landscape setting.

Beaches failing tough water tests   more

Gordon Berry, The Courier, 19 October 2000

Samples of bathing water taken around the spectacular north east Fife coast have shown an increase in the number falling to meet stringent guidelines in an EC directive.

Safety concerns over cycle path   more

Anita Rogan, The Citizen, 13 October 2000

The path of the almost-completed Millennium Cycleways route from St Andrews to Guardbridge is proving far from smooth.

Trust reminds cyclists they must play ball   more

Gordon Berry and Michael Alexander, The Courier, 5 October 2000

A member of St Andrews Links Trust has emphasised it has “bent over backwards” to co-operate with the creators of a new cycle path which runs beside some of the town’s golf courses.

Green belt status proposals receive warm welcome   more

The Courier, 4 October 2000

News that Fife Council is now proposing green belt status for St Andrews continued to prompt positive reactions in and around the town yesterday.

Cycle path near-miss for woman   more

Michael Alexander, The Courier, 4 October 2000

A Fife woman who was almost hit by a golf ball while using a new cycle path between Guardbridge and St Andrews at the weekend has questioned whether more could be done to screen the cycle route from the links courses.

Cautious welcome for green belt proposal   more

The Courier, 2 October 2000

The proposed establishment of a green belt is a massive step towards containing the physical spread of St Andrews.

Sites not sights for coastal path walkers   more

The Courier, 2 October 2000

Coastal ramblers have discovered that parts of the Kinkell Braes near St Andrews resemble a construction site these days.

MP's welcome for St Andrews Green Belt plan   more

The Courier, 30 September 2000

North East Fife MP Menzies Campbell has welcomed news that Fife Council is now proposing green belt status for areas of St Andrews.

Crumbling coastal path prompts calls for action   more

The Citizen, 29 September 2000

Fife Council is being urged to take action over the coastal erosion which it’s claimed puts local ramblers in danger.

Green belt a step closer   more

Alison Hardy, The Citizen, 29 September 2000

Pressure from the citizens of St Andrews has resulted in the possible concession of a green belt being implemented into Fife’s finalised Structure Plan.

Coastal erosion threatens part of caravan site   more

The Courier, 27 September 2000

Coastal erosion is continuing to threaten part of a St Andrews caravan site. Subsidence at the northeast corner of the Kinkell Braes Caravan Park, perched on cliffs to the east of the town, has caused holes to appear in the ground just a few feet from some caravans.

Council urged to scrap conservation area plans   more

The Courier, 1 September 2000

A Fife councillor has called on his authority to scrap plans for creation of conservation areas in three North East Fife communities.

Dismay at rejection of green belt plan   more

Gordon Berry, The Courier, 27 January 2000

The chairman of the St Andrews Green Belt Forum has reacted with surprise and disappointment to news that Fife Council officials have indicted that there should be no green belt for the town.

Warning signs for coastal path   more

Anita Rogan, The Citizen, 23 July 1999

Warning signs are to be erected on the coastal route from St Andrews to Crail after the path claimed its fourth victim of the year.

MP's plea for special East Neuk study   more

The Courier, 1 December 1998

Fears that piecemeal development in the East Neuk could have dire consequences for the area’s architecture and history have prompted North-East Fife Liberal Democrat MP Menzies Campbell to call for the preparation of a special strategic study.

Coastline   more

J Nicholson, Letter to Editor, The Citizen, 24 July 1998

Has anyone else noticed that the countryside around Crail and Kingsbarns is rapidly being ruined?

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