TGIF latest news
Toll Green Improvement Fund (TGIF) Update 2 dated 19 Feb 11
In conjunction with, and with the support of, the Community Council (CC) an application has been submitted to Fiona Mitchell (Locality Support Team Leader) for a grant of £4k from the Area Budget. A favourable response has been received and the project has the support of Fiona and the local councillors. Funds have been earmarked from FY11/12 to tie-in with the FC Transportation allocation timescale to replace the bus shelter. We are to get back in touch once we know when the work is likely to start.
Visit Scotland Fife has responded to our plea for support but cannot help as they only get involved with ‘interior’ VIPs as specified by FC, who funds them for this.
Contact had been established with Ann Camus who is the Tourism Partnership Manager within Fife Council (Strategic Policy and Tourism – part of Development Services under Keith Winter). Ann can help with tourist information and has asked that we get back in touch when we are ready.
Revised plans have been produced to include an amendment required to relocate the bus stop sign onto a separate pole rather than on the shelter. This is required to meet the height requirements.
FC Traffic Management had confirmed that funding of £8k had been allocated from their budget in FY11/12. Once they receive the revised plan they will be able to obtain costings for the works involved and let us have them (this cannot be done until the new contractor selected for next FY). In the meantime a figure of £16k is being used as a working estimate for Phase 1 and £4k for Phase 2.
It is hoped to install solar panels (photovoltaic (PV)) to provide electricity for lighting the bus shelter. The Energy Champion for Elie at ENLEN (East Neuk & Landward Energy Network) has been contacted for advice on specifying, sourcing and funding. The plans have been amended to include solar PV panels on the south facing part of the roof.
The position and condition of the ‘phone box both need consideration. There is doubt that BT would pay to have it relocated – they might pay to remove it but that is not the solution. Alternative sites nearby are not obvious, although the East end of Toll Green, close to the pillar box, might be an option. The CC needs to become involved and further discussion of the options needs to take place to arrive at a sensible solution (which may be to do nothing).
Funding – the latest figures are:
Working estimate for Phase 1 - £16k
Working estimate for Phase 2 - £4k (self-help)
Total - £20k
FC Traffic Management - £8k
Grant from Area Budget - £4k
Community fundraising - £8k
Total - £20k
Grant Funding - possible additional sources are being explored with positive responses so far.
Sponsorship/Donations – the latest donations include:
• Stagecoach Community Fund £200
• Elie Fayre Day £500
• E&EHS (Quiz Night Raffle) £62
A large portion of advertising revenue from the community website will be rebated to the community and is earmarked for TGIF. This is estimated to be approx. £1-2k, depending on the take-up of advertising by local businesses.
• The Fayre Day Committee has generously decided to donate the profits from the forthcoming ‘Stars in Your Eyes’ night.
• Others in the community are asked to organise events to raise money, e.g. Coffee Mornings, Quizzes, Raffles, Talent Show, Sponsored events, Guided Walks, etc.
• A barometer style board to track progress with fund-raising is being fabricated by Kenny Garland. This will be erected at the West end of the Toll Green for maximum visual impact.
A plan is being put together to encourage and maximize community involvement in the creation of the landscaped area (Phase 2).
The pupils at Elie Primary School will also be involved and meetings have been arranged with the Headteacher and Chair of the PTA to discuss the possibilities.
PLEASE NOTE - ANY INPUT IS WELCOME AT ANY TIME TO ANY OF THE PROJECT TEAM LISTED BELOW.
Carol Birrell (330 969)
Alistair Graham (331 133)
Ian McIntosh (330 213)
Graham Meacher (330 525)
Tom Meldrum (330 123)
Sandy Sneddon (330 336)