A consultation period is now in place between BT and local planning authorities regarding the removal of public payphones. You may be aware that a previous consultation exercise took place in 2016. Consultation Notices have already been placed on 42 payphones identified for removal in Fife (payphones at Lathokar, Peat Inn and Radernie are on this list). As a Planning Authority, Fife Council will collate responses from the communities affected by the proposals and respond to BT.
Responses from your community should be sent directly to Fife Council and should be received no later than 30 September 2019. This will allow time for all responses to be collated and sent on by the consultation closing date of 30 th October 2019. Fife Council have been advised by BT that any responses received after this date will not be accepted.
BT advised that overall use of payphones has declined by over 90 per cent in the last decade and the need to provide payphones for use in emergency situations is diminishing all the time, with at least 98 per cent of the UK having either 3G or 4G coverage. This is important because as long as there is network coverage, it’s now possible to call the emergency services, even when there is no credit or no coverage from your own mobile provider.
For information, the payphones at Lathokar and Radernie have not been used in the last 12 months and the payphone at Peat Inn has been used three times in the last 12 months.
When responding please select one of the options below as well as your comments and reason for your decision.
Options: Agree that the removal should go ahead Object to the removal Wish to adopt the phone box for a fee of £1.00. Details of the adoption process can be viewed at http://bt.com/adopt
Fife Council’s Lead Officer for this consultation is Alan Blackie and registered charities or landlords on whose land the payphone is located may express a wish to adopt its local phone box, or object to its removal.
All responses should be addressed directly to Mr Blackie by 30 September 2019 by email at Alan.Blackie@fife.gov.uk
Fife Council is holding a public consultation on play spaces which will run from 21 August to 10 December 2019. Play spaces are play parks and greenspaces for play.
We need a strategy as: Most of the play equipment will be at the end of its life in the next ten years; Many of the play parks, can only have equipment that can be used for toddlers We need to have good greenspaces for children to play in.
We will be holding 10 evening meetings to explain the proposals, click here for more information: https://fif.communitychoices.scot/legislation/processes/3/debate
Comments about the proposals can be written if you click on this link: https://fif.communitychoices.scot/legislation/processes/3/debate
A statutory review is taking place, in terms of the Electoral Registration and Administration Act 2013, of all of Fife Council’s Polling Districts and Places. Local authorities must apply the following criteria:-
(a) seek to ensure that all the electors in the relevant constituency (or for local government purposes, the electoral ward) have such reasonable facilities for voting as is practicable in the circumstances; and
(b) seek to ensure that, so far as is reasonable and practicable, the polling places they are responsible for are accessible to all electors, including those who are disabled, and when considering the designation of a polling place, must have regard to the accessibility needs of disabled persons.
Ideally, we would have the choice of a range of fully accessible buildings, conveniently located for the electors in the area. In practice, however, this is not always the case and there may be little choice available. If it is necessary to use a place where the access is not ideal, then every reasonable adjustment must be undertaken to provide access for all electors.
In recent years, significant efforts have been made to reduce the reliance on educational establishments used as polling places. For polling dates which are known well in advance, the Education Service now arranges in-service days to coincide. This is not always possible for unplanned elections, with a lack of suitable alternatives in some areas. It has proved possible however through mutual co-operation for dual use arrangements to be accommodated within schools and certain other premises used as polling places on polling days.
The following are not covered by such reviews:-
The boundaries or names of UK and Scottish parliamentary constituencies.
The borders and names of local authorities and electoral areas within local authorities.
As the Council carried out a review as recently as 2017, there are no significant changes proposed. The formal stage of the next statutory review starts with public consultation from Monday, 12th August, 2019. Details of the proposals, broken down by local government ward, can be accessed online via http://www.fifedirect.org.uk/pollingplaces.
From that home page, it is possible to follow a link first to the ‘Consultation’ page on the 2017 Review, which summarises the process (with details of how to respond, including the option of completing an online questionnaire).
Hard copies of any of the above items can be provided, on request.
The period of consultation ends on Friday, 20th September, 2019, when all correspondence received will be available for public inspection (on request). Summary details will be collated for inclusion in a report to Fife Council’s Policy and Co-ordination Committee on 7th November, 2019. Any changes agreed will be incorporated in the Register of Electors to be used with effect from 1 February 2020.
Any comments you have would be welcomed - the following e-mail address can be used:- firstname.lastname@example.org.