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Scathing attack on moves by complex developer
The Courier, 30 January 1999
The row over an appeal by the developers of a £50
million leisure complex on the outskirts of St Andrews to have it considered by
the centrally-based Fife Council Strategic Development Committee continued
In a scathing attack, Mrs Clare Wright, a member of
Kingsbarns Community Council, accused St Andrews Bay Development Ltd of showing
complete disregard for local peoples and councillors opinions.
Mrs Wright said yesterday, They are treating us like
a Third World country, offering us a few glass beads and then digging up the
gold. I resent their attempts to steamroller through this application against
the wishes of local people.
She added, The company is attempting to ride
roughshod over our proper planning procedures and take the decision away from
councillors who have given a lot of thought and time into considering
Mrs Wright also criticised an option being considered by
the developers to transport sewage from the hotel through residential areas in
St Andrews if they get the go-ahead for the complex.
There is at present no public sewerage in the area and,
until it is implemented, the foul effluent may have to be taken by tanker from
the complex to the nearest suitable disposal point in Cupar. However, the
installation of a temporary treatment station could provide an alternative
Meanwhile, those behind the project, which was continued
after consideration by the East Area Development Committee earlier this month,
yesterday said they were in discussion with Fife Council.
And Des Montgomery, of project architects added, We
believe we shall have no difficulty in accommodating all the conditions imposed
upon the development.
Operations director of St Andrews Bay, lain MacKinnon,
said, The development will create over 300 permanent jobs and provide a
substantial boost to the local economy. No other project can offer so much to
North East Fife.
He also revealed that they had been overwhelmed
by messages of continued support from the business community and many residents
in the town.
Members of the Strategic Development Committee will discuss
the developers request to have the project considered by them on Monday
of next week. more Planning Phase
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