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Chairman attacks reports for £50 million
The Courier, 8 February 1999
The chairman of St Andrews Preservation Trust has launched a
strong attack on the reports and recommendations prepared by Fife Council
planning officials on the controversial £50 million Kingask hotel,
conference, golf and leisure scheme.
Yesterday Mrs Dorothea Morrison said that the documents
would be looked at with derision over the next 20 years by students
of town and country planning.
Her comments were reinforced by views expressed by the
Architectural Heritage Society of Scotland, which said that once again there
was an enthusiastic and over the top recommendation for
At the weekend the Trust carried out an exercise in St
Andrews which introduced extra vehicle movements into the town centre.
One of the main fears among objectors is that the
towns recently agreed transportation plan will be compromised by hundreds
of extra vehicle movements from the hotel.
Mrs Morrison said that even on what was a quiet
winter Saturday afternoon there had been a noticeable effect, and this
gave an indication of what could happen during the summer when the tourist
season was in full swing.
Mrs Morrison said that she had now written, as an
individual, to East Area planning manager Jim Birrell, and had urged him to
allow the development committee, which meets on Tuesday to decide the matter,
to reject the masterpiece of invention which had been issued in
place of a report on the issues.
She said in the letter that she would never in a
lifetime have believed that Mr Birrells statement that the
landscape setting of St Andrews had to be protected and enhanced would entail
placing the largest hotel in Scotland so near to the cliff top.
Turning to what she said was the most serious consequence
for the town, traffic, Mrs Morrison said that the area could not cope, and the
traffic scheme proposed was a simply ridiculous notion.
She went on to say that for too long St Andrews had been
seen as the goose which laid the golden eggs, but unfortunately the benefits of
the eggs had failed to feed the goose.
Mrs Morrison added that those who would approve the
application would strike a fatal blow and that a loud and clear
message should be sent out to other developers.
The Tayside and Fife secretary of the Architectural
Heritage society of Scotland, Glen Pride, said yesterday that if the
application was approved the genie would be out of the bottle and
he hard no doubt that conditions imposed now would be subject to later attempts
to have them quashed.
These developers have been dogmatic so far, and there
is no reason to suppose that this will change.
Mr Pride also said it appeared that the applicants were
prepared to lash out money on traffic improvements in St Andrews, and seemed to
be willing to do anything to get the application approved. more Planning Phase
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