Environmental Action Group
Aim The Aim of the EAG is to initiate, support and co-ordinate collective decisions to improve the environment of the local community in order to maximise amenity for both residents and visitors.
Background The community, comprising Elie and the Royal Burgh of Earlsferry, is situated in the picturesque East Neuk of Fife and has a long-established reputation as great place to live and visit . However, over recent years demographic changes have affected the dynamics of the community . For example, the percentage of holiday and second homes has increased with a corresponding decline in the full-time resident population. The lack of affordable housing precludes many families and younger people from settling in the area so their contribution to village life is lost. Coupled with this is a climate of fiscal austerity, which has affected the availability of funding, both at household and local authority level, to maintain or improve the fabric of the village. All of these factors and more present significant changes and challenges.
The EAG provides an opportunity to create a broad vision for the village and its environs by working with the community, local businesses, Fife Council, the Community Council (CC) and other community groups to enhance the quality of the environment, particularly the quality of public spaces, gardens, buildings and street furniture (e.g. signage, lighting, seating, bus stops, etc.).
The EAG has been set up to establish, promote and execute this vision. In particular it seeks to ensure that all investment in the local environment is of high quality and responds to the rich and varied character of the East Neuk. The necessary skills are available from within members of the community to support project delivery and project funding will be resourced through a combination of fundraising activity and grants.
Objectives The EAG is to establish the vision for Elie and Earlsferry providing leadership for achievement of the vision and for delivering/enabling a range of improvement projects to enhance the local environment.
Membership of the EAG is as follows:
• Graham Meacher (01333 330 525 / email@example.com)
• Carol Birrell
• Steve Blaney
• George Cowan
• Alistair Graham
• Angela Johnston
• Graham Johnston
• Ian McIntosh
• Bob Mitchell
• Jim Robertson
• Pat Rowan
If anyone would like to help please contact Graham Meacher (01333 330 525 / firstname.lastname@example.org) All welcome!
Completed since formed:
- TG bus Shelter project (FC Best Project Award 2012), with associated patio with picnic table, herb garden, cycle rack and visitor information panel.
- Rusty railings replaced in Archbold Park.
- New picnic tables purchased for Archbold Park, Woodside Park and Toll green.
- Anti dog fouling awareness campaign.
- Litter picking.
- Repaint/repair telephone box on TG.
- Village clean-ups.
- Removal/replacement of rusty poles.
- Removal of obsolete signed/poles/lamp posts.
- Campaigned for new pavements and street lighting.
- Repainting of railings and fountain on TG.
- Beautiful Fife Award winners Silver (2012) and Silver Gilt (2013-2019).
- Extra litter bins installed.
- Sand removal.
- Purchase/install hanging baskets (29) each year and pay for watering them throughout season.
- Install new planters and maintain.
- Callum’s Corner - memorial bench and plaque for Callum McIntosh on TG.
- Adopt phone box when it comes on BT disposal list and convert to water top top point (with Scottish Water).
- New community notice board for TG.
- Replace faded village map and history board on TG.
- Refurbish fountain and restore to original colours.
- Fundraising to pay for all we do!
- Major improvements to village gateways, including correct village name signs!.
- Create Golf Heritage Trail (with E&EHS).
- Prune trees on TG.
- Install information boards on TG (with E&EHS).
- Creation of decent dedicated cycle and walking paths.