Trustees

Edward Baxter – Chairman

Edward Baxter is a long-term resident and farmer in the East Neuk. He has been involved in ENCAP since its inception and became Chairman in 2017, taking over from Alex Nairn of Elie who had guided Colinsburgh and Kilconquhar through the preparation of their community action plan. Edward has had various public roles in Scotland, including chairing the environmental charity LEAF in Scotland (Linking Farming and Environment) and for 15 years he has been involved in RHET’s (The Royal Highland Education Trust) Fife’s initiative, hosting an annual visit to his Estate for 250 Levenmouth school children.

 

Stuart Bridges

Stuart has lived in the East Neuk for over eight years. A qualified company secretary, Stuart has worked in a number of senior compliance, legal and risk roles within the UK financial services sector. He currently is the risk and compliance director for a wealth management company and a non-executive director for a software company. In 2018, he chaired the Steering group which was responsible for the production of the St Monans & Abercrombie Community Action Plan. He was Secretary of his local Community Council and is currently a Trustee of the JM Camera Collection Trust

 

 

Principal Officer

Sonja Potjewijd

The Project Officer at Transition, University of St Andrews and Co-Founder of Footprint East Neuk. She has a keen interest in restoring the Earth ever since she can remember: at the age of 6, she organized cleanup activities of ponds and ditches, and lead nature walks for school friends. Born and raised in The Netherlands, she moved to the UK and USA because of its vibrant community of changemakers. She gained extensive experience in volunteer management, environmental campaigning, and educating and empowering youth to think globally. In the USA, she has managed teams from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds from across the world on three programmes: 1) Community Environmental Projects; 2) Research & Writing; 3) Operations. In East Neuk she organizes tree planting activities, nature workshops and an annual Science & Nature Festival and coordinates the Shared Path project from Pittenweem to Earlsferry.

 

 

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Latest news

Meet the cyclist

Meet the amazing Dr. Richard Bowditch! He commutes by bike and often uses his bike or skateboard to visit his patients in care homes in East Neuk. How cool is that! In the pictures, you can see his bike and skateboard in his examination room.

The distances between villages in East Neuk are perfect for walking, cycling, and wheeling. A decent off-road shared path project will massively improve the options for people to move around pleasantly and safely, creating happier and healthier neighbourhoods.

 

 

 

Changes to Sustrans Places for Everyone funding programme

Crispin Hayes, Whole Cycle Ltd,  lead consultant to the Earlsferry to Pittenweem Shared Path project gives us his reaction to the changes in funding by Transport Scotland that will affect this and other active path community projects 

In February this year, Transport Scotland announced a decision to wind up the Sustrans Places for Everyone funding programme over the next year and a half, finally closing in September 2025, and not providing any new construction funding from now. 

Transport Scotland’s replacement is a new construction fund that will be distributed direct to Local Authorities only and not community organisations. I think that is a pity because community organisations have a much greater focus on working for their local community. My concern is that communities will lose control of their project, because essentially they do the design stages, and then hand it over to the Council to do the construction. 

It also risks projects like Earlsferry to Pittenweem Shared Path project not being near the top of the Council’s large pool of projects. And it is subject to other political and budget factors outside the community’s control. 

Our current approach is to liaise closely with Council officers to ensure they are stakeholders in these design stages, and that local support means the project has to be considered seriously for construction.

As we said previously, Earlsferry to Pittenweem Shared Path project applied in May 2024 to our funder Sustrans Places for Everyone to move to Stages 3 & 4 Developed Design. We expect to hear about the result of that funding application in late June or July, and we will update when we do know. We understand that it will be a competitive round, so fingers crossed. 

 

Project Update!

We are excited to announce that we have completed Stage 2 Concept Design for the project. This marks the initial phase of creating design drawings, allowing us to engage more thoroughly with stakeholders such as landowners, the Local Authority, and the community to discuss the proposed path. We have plans for community engagement activities, including an event later this year, to gather feedback and discuss the project with the communities along the route. We continue to work with landowners to secure agreements for the proposed route.

We have submitted our application for the next stage of funding for Stages 3-4 to Sustrans, and we will find out if we are successful with this application around June/July.

If we are, the next stage will see us further develop the route concepts and incorporate technical details. We will also identify travel interventions, test the implications, and engage with the community, asking for your feedback on the routes and activities along the way.
Watch this space as we continue to share our progress with the community.

 

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