Burntisland Community Council project for the Cot Burn in the Toll Park
The Cot Burn runs along the north side of the Toll Park, and so is sometimes called the Toll Burn. Local residents have expressed concerns about the Cot Burn in recent years. The area has been looking shabby, neglected and overgrown.
BCC engaged a landscape architect to come up with plans over a year ago. There were opportunities for public consultation at the school, at the Toll Community Centre, and online, and these were supportive of the proposals. The watercourse works were removed from the original plans when it became apparent that these would be too difficult and expensive. The full proposals and plans can be accessed by clicking the buttons below.
We have Planning Permission and Funding in place. Quotes for work have been accepted. Work is likely to start in the next few weeks. Here's a summary of what to expect:
Vegetation clearance by Fife Council. This was already started but some work remains, including litter picking. The two old fences were removed as they were broken and at the end of their life.
Planting 12 additional native trees alongside the burn: birch, rowan, crab apple, holly, hazel.
Erecting a 1m wooden round topped palisade fence ('lollipops'). This will have access gates to permit on-going litter picking and vegetation management.
A new path between the existing asphalt path at the footbridge, replacing the gravel section with macadam, and continuing this the full length of the park to Leith Avenue through the old concrete fence. This will enable a level off road route across town between the Widows' Land and the Kirkton via the existing path to Glebe Place, and a step free route to school.
A signpost at each end of the park indicating this route. Three solar light bollards for the new stretch of path at the east end.
Some natural wooden play features along the verge by the playing field with additional bench seating for adults and children.
Three small information/interpretation lectern panels on local history and nature.
Seeding of parts of the burn banks with native wildflower seeds, to attempt to improve the biodiversity of the local plants.
We apologise for any temporary inconvenience the works may impose. We are also sorry that the project has taken so long to get started. This has been largely due to the difficulties in working with agencies, like Fife Council Planning, during the Coronavirus pandemic. Many people have, of course, been working from home and most contact has been by email and electronic portal. Thank you for being patient and understanding.
By summer, the area should be looking a lot better.
We are grateful to all those who have helped with advice and support, and especially our funders: Fife Environmental Trust, Fife Council, and Paths for All.
The blue line shows the original extent of the burn. Note also the Binn House and Greenmount.
125 years later and most of the fields and green space has been built on. You can only see the burn in the park now. It's in culverts either side of the park.