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
Fife Council is starting a long-running engagement exercise to try and increase public participation in designing core services and deciding how a significant portion of its budget is spent.
We’re asking residents to find out more about the passenger transport services we provide, which help lots of people travel around Fife for a variety of reasons. We invest £22million each year in these services.
Over the year ahead, we want Fifers to help us explore whether our resources could be used differently, for better results. This is about working together to design the best solutions for the future.
We’ve published a range of information online at http://our.fife.scot/transportingpeople to help people understand what we invest in at the moment, and why we think it’s important. This includes supported local bus services, rail concessions, school transport and demand responsive transport.
This is not a traditional consultation process. Several phases of engagement, including opportunities to get involved offline as well as online, will explore a complex set of services, which are inextricably linked to other public services and wider aspects of community life. This is one of the ways in which we are taking forward participatory budgeting (PB) in Fife. This is a new approach for councils and we will be learning from it as we go. You can find out more about PB, and what we’re aiming to achieve through https://pbscotland.scot/charter
To join the online debates and submit feedback Fifers need to register with a new citizen participation platform, ‘Let’s Talk about our Fife’. This online platform is being developed by COSLA for Scottish councils to use. It will increasingly allow the council to open up debates and gather feedback, as well as letting residents share ideas and submit proposals, comment on other people’s input and participate in votes and polls. Through the various sections of the system, citizen-generated ideas can lead to actions by Fife Council and partners.