Removal of Public Access at Burntisland Docks

Removal of Public Access at Burntisland Docks

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Andy Pay started this petition to Forth Ports and

We are calling on Forth Ports to reconsider and revise their plan to completely close off public access at Burntisland Docks, an extremely important and culturally significant space for so many local people for generations.

Many (some for their whole lives) are there daily: walking, cycling, dog walking, photographing, sketching, feeding the tame seals, birdwatching, sea-watching for whales and dolphins, sea-fishing and more. All ages use the docks - older, younger, families, working people. We use it to start our day, on our lunch break, for a deep breath of air at the end of a long day, for a weekend walk with the family. A fair number of us even use it for work! - art and photography. And the town bus turns there at least every hour.

We fully understand that there are health and safety issues involved but we believe that these can be effectively addressed without fencing off the whole area. The fencing plan could be revised to keep people away from boats and hazardous areas whilst still allowing safe access along the breakwater and the area between it and the south side of the harbour. Provision could easily be made to feed the seals from the usual spot whilst keeping people safe.

Scotland is a world-leader in open-space access for individuals and communities. Forth Ports' plan as it stands goes against the modern-day spirit and understanding of community, outdoor space and physical and mental health. Online literature of PSP Investments, the owners of Forth Ports, includes the following:
““Environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues are some of the most significant drivers of change in the world….”

Please join us in calling on Forth Ports to respect those aspirations by reconsidering and revising their plans – please sign this petition.

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