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This Video is around 20 minutes long

The Guinea Pig in the video is Mr James Page, who until a several years ago was a Committee Member and our Transportation Advisor.

Added 26/04/2015

The Possibility of a new Fife to Edinburgh Hovercraft service in 2016

I found an article on Google while I was doing a search for something else I found an article about the possibility of a new hovercraft service being established between Kirkcaldy (Fife) and Newhaven (Edinburgh) up and running sometime in 2016.
In 2007 the then in Fife Independent Disability Network (now Disabilities Fife, in 2015) found that Stagecoach unveiled radical new proposals for a cross-Forth hovercraft link between Fife (Kirkcaldy and Edinburgh (Portobello).

The Fife Independent Disability Network (now Disabilities Fife) contacted Mr Doug Fleming Managing Director Stagecoach (Scotland) stating it would not be a proper trial unless disabled people had the chance to try it out.

Fife Independent Disability Network (now Disabilities Fife) had some of its Committee Members (100% of which have a disability of some form) went along to try it out, which was videoed and then put onto our website, http://www.disabilitiesfife.org.uk/Gallery/Videopage.html (then fidn.co.uk).

The video was still on our website until I put this revised version of the video on it.
Once the trail was over and was deemed a success, nothing happened.

The article I have copied below I think puts some light on what had happened to stop the hovercraft trial going into service.

From the Fife Today
http://www.fifetoday.co.uk/news/local-headlines/kirkcaldy-hovercraft-plan-set-to-be-revived-1-3638486

16:38Thursday 18 December 2014

A cross-Forth hovercraft between Kirkcaldy and Edinburgh could be up and running in 2016, claims a new company aiming to revive plans abandoned by Stagecoach three years ago.

Forthfast, registered just three months ago, has lodged a planning application which keeps alive the possibility of creating a ferry terminal at the former Stagecoach bus depot on Kirkcaldy Esplanade.

Stagecoach ambitions for a cross-Forth hovercraft service ground to a halt in 2011 when Edinburgh City Council councillors rejected plans for a terminal at Portobello, despite a recommendation of approval from planners.

The decision, which came after years of campaigning and a highly successful trial in summer 2007, led boss Sir Brian Soutar to throw in the towel stating he was “scunnered”.
John Lidderdale, a project engineer, said he created Forthfast after feeling anger at the consequences of that decision.

“I used to live in North east Fife but worked in Edinburgh and commuted every day. Frankly, the journey is a misery.

“I was talking to an elected councillor in Edinburgh and he happened to mention that it was a great shame the hovercraft never happened.

“But I understand it was a misunderstanding. They [councillors] were assuming Stagecoach would come back with a better proposal.

”I thought this was silly, everyone seemed to want it and there were no insurmountable obstacles.”
Mr Lidderdale sought out help from Alistair Macleod, a marine consultant who carried out research work for Stagecoach’s project and they formed Forthfast together.

“Stagecoach had definitely lost interest but would be supportive of us if we did it, “ said Mr Lidderdale, who purchased all the original plans and engineering designs.

The company, which has held “extremely helpful” talks with Fife Council and Sestran, is looking to establish a service between Kirkcaldy and Newhaven, with a journey time of 17 minutes.

The onward journey to Edinburgh city centre would be created by linking a new dedicated bus service to a Newhaven terminal.

“The hovercraft we are proposing to use is a 130-seater and will be quieter than a bus,” explained Mr Lidderdale.

“The one used in the 2007 trial was 35 years old and times have moved on.”

Forthfast also intend to build a headquarters and terminal in Kirkcaldy and employ 48 people.

“The project would benefit Kirkcaldy - I think developers would be more interested in the area if it became a large transport hub,” said Mr Lidderdale.

“It’s important to Fife full-stop.”

Forthfast’s application this month seeks to extend the time required to demolish and remove the Kirkcaldy bus depot, which is still owned by Stagecoach.

Robin Presswood, head of enterprise at Fife Council, confirmed Forthfast’s renewal of the application this month would keep the situation “ticking over” but no service plans were in the immediate pipeline.

Councillor Lesley Hinds, Transport Convener for the City of Edinburgh Council, said: “We are aware that a new group has been formed to promote the possibility of a hovercraft service and there have been early, conceptual discussions about the idea.”

22/03/2015

Video`s taken of the guest speaker at our Network Meeting in the Carnegie Conference Centre, Halbeath, Dunfermline 17/03/2015

Guest Speakers were:

Angela Heyes, Equality & Human Rights Lead, NHS

This Video is around 13 minutes long

Nina Munday, Manager, Fife Centre for Equalities

This Video is around 16 minutes long

Heather Ford, Health & Social Care Integration Change Manager and Fiona MacKenzie

This Video is around 15 minutes long

The Question and Answer Session

This Video is around 40 minutes long

Video`s taken of the guest speaker at our Network Meeting in the Carnegie Conference Centre, Halbeath, Dunfermline 17/03/2015 Angela Heyes, Equality & Human Rights Lead, NHS, Nina Munday, Manager, Fife Centre for Equalities, Heather Ford, Health & Social Care Integration Change Manager and Fiona MacKenzie

Video`s taken of the guest speaker at our AGM and Network Meeting in the Kingswood Hotel, Burntisland , 18-09-2014

Guest Speakers were:

The Guest Speaker in this video is:

Fiona Mackenzie, Change Manager for Integration, Fife Council Health & Social Care Services

This Video is around 26 minutes long

Julie Paterson, Service Manager Fife Council Adults East

This Video is around 26 minutes long

Margaret Henderson, Service Manager, NHS Fife Divisional Ambulatory Care

This Video is around 24 minutes long

 

Copy`s of these video may be available for a donation to cover administration costs.

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Video`s taken of the guest speaker at our Network Meeting in the Pitbauchlie House Hotel, Dunfermline 25th June 2014

Guest Speakers were:

PC Fraser Laird

Community Safety Officer, Police Scotland

This Video is around 27 minutes long

David Paton

Development Co-ordinator, Homeland Trust - Fife

This Video is around 27 minutes long

Tom Bishop and Fiona Sword

Dunfermline Advocacy

This Video is around 30 minutes long

This image link will take you to videos taken of the guest speakers at our June 2014 meeting

Video`s taken of the guest speaker at our St Andrews Access Group Meeting on 16-04-2014 in The Old Course Hotel, St Andrews

Mr Sukhi Bains,
St Andrews University`s Equality & Diversity Officer

Mr Roderick Campbell MSP

Robert Ferguson,
Fife Council`s Access Officer

Cllr Peter Lockhart, Disabilities Fife`s Transport Advisor

This image link will take you videos taken at our  Video`s taken of the guest speaker at our St Andrews Access Group Meeting on 16-04-2014 in The Old Course Hotel, St Andrews

Video`s taken of the guest speaker at our Network Meeting in the Strathearn Hotel, Kirkcaldy, on 12th March 2014

The Guest Speaker in this video is:

Cllr Peter Lockhart, Disabilities Fife`s Transport Advisor

This Video is around 7 minutes long

Ben Hall, Communications Developer, Shared Care Scotland

This Video is around 31 minutes long

Anne Cowan, Lead Professional, Concessionary Travel and Blue Badges. Fife Council

This Video is around 40 minutes long

 

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Video`s taken of the guest speaker at our 2013 AGM / Network Meeting in the Kingswood Hotel Burntisland on the 25th September 2013

The Guest Speakers were:

Michael McMahon, Convener of the Scottish Parliament Cross Party Group on Disability

This Video is around 46 minutes long

Bill Scott, Manager, Inclusion Scotland

This Video is around 22 minutes long

Cllr Peter Lockhart, Disabilities Fife`s Transport Advisor

This Video is around 21 minutes long

The Question and Answer Session

Video is around 9 minutes long

"Some of the photos taken at the meeting can be Viewed Here"

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Videos of the Guest Speakers at The Disabilities Fife`s Network Meeting, at The Strathearn Hotel, Kirkcaldy, 12th June 2013

Guest Speakers in the Videos are:

  • Jess Wade, Manager Self Direct Support

  • Jackie Maceira, Convener & Stephen Cruickhank, Access Panel Director, Scottish Disability Equality Forum on Welfare Reform.

There are 4 videos:

  • A talk by Jess Wade, Manager Self Direct Support. 22 minutes long.
  • A question & answer session with Jess Wade, Manager Self Direct Support. 18 minutes long.
  • A talk by Jackie Maceira, Convener & Stephen Cruickhank, Access Panel Director, Scottish Disability Equality Forum on Welfare Reform. 19 minutes long.
  • A question & answer session with Jackie Maceira, Convener & Stephen Cruickhank, Access Panel Director, Scottish Disability Equality Forum on Welfare Reform. 18 minutes long.

Photos Taken at the meeting can be viewed by "Clicking Here"

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Videos taken at the Disabilities Fife Meeting
17-04-2013 in the Balmullo Village Hall.

Guest Speaker:

Patrick Nyamurundira,

Access & Inclusion Manager, ScotRail

This video is about 25 minutes long.

Carla Donnachie

Scottish Ambulance Services, Area Manager, Schedule Care Programme.

Pamela Munro

Community Engagement Officer, The Guide Dogs for the Blind Association

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The Fife Independent Disability Network has recently changed it`s name to Disabilities Fife.

To help promote the change of name we held a Launch Event on Tuesday 27th November 2012.

The Image to the right is a link to a page containing videos of the Speakers at the Event.

Mr Bill Gray MBE, from Disabilities Fife

Speaking on the History of the organisation from being the Fife Independent Disability Network to it`s change of name to Disabilities Fife

Hanna McCulloch, from Capability Scotland.

Keith Robertson, Disabled Access Officer, Scottish Disability Equality Forum (SDEF).

Colin Orr, from Circles Network.

Naeem Khalid, from Frae Fife.

Roy MacGregor, from Fife Young Carers.

Jack Carr, on Disabilities Fife`s Vison for the Future.

This link will take you to the Photos taken of the guest speakers

This image link will take you to our page containing Videos taken at the Launch of Disabilities Fife 27-11-012

Videos were taken at the FIDN AGM 2012 that was held in the Kingswood Hotel, Burntisland on the 26th September 2012

Guest Speaker:

Angela Heyes

Equality & Diversity Lead, NHS Fife

Asking the audience

"How do we Improve Engagment?

And

"How do we Improve Public Confidence?

And the Audience's Response!!

Guest Speaker:

Helen Eadie MSP

MSP for Cowdenbeath

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This Video was taken at the
Fife Independent Disability Network
Network Meeting in The Vine, Dunfermline
27th June 2012

Guest Speaker:
Colin White, Diversity
Co-ordinator, Victim Support

This video is around 39 minutes in length

Victim Support Scotland

A national charity in Scotland providing free & confidential help and support to victims and witnesses of crime. We deal with crime which has been reported to the police but individuals who choose, for whatever reason, not to report a crime can self-refer to our services via our website at www.victimsupportsco.org.uk or through our national helpline on 08457 039213.

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The Video in this page was taken at Network Meeting in The Lochgelly Centre, Lochgelly. On the 30/03/2012

Guest Speaker:

Betty McNeil
The Fife Ileostomy
& Internal Pouch Support Group

This photo link will take you to the talk from Betty McNeil from the The Fife Ileostomy

The Video`s in this page were taken at our 2011 AGM in Pettycur Bay hotel 14-09-2011

Guest Speakers were:

Keith Robertson,

Access Development Officer SDEF

Talking On "Access to Inpendendence"

and

The question and Answer Session

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The Video`s in this page were taken at Network Meeting in The Pitbauchlie Hotel, Dunfermline 27th July 2011

Guest Speakers were:

Ian Fuller

Co-ordinator, Your Call (telephone counselling for disabled people)

Ian Jones

Lead Officer, Roads Management, Fife Council, South Fife Area.

and Ian Henderson

Officer for Road Safety, Fife Council South Fife Area.

Jack Carr

The FIDN`s Treasurer and
spokes person on hard of hearing,
plus a lot of other things.

"Talking on Blue Badges and Parking
on Kirkcady High Street".

Question & Answer Session

Guest Speaker in this video are:
Ian Fuller, Your Call - Ian Jones and Ian
Henderson, Fife Council Roads,
South Fife - And Jack Carr FIDN.

This image link will take you to the video`s of the guest speakers at our Pitbauchlie network meeting 27-07-2011

The Video`s in this page were taken at Network Meeting in Balmullo Village Hall on the 3rd March 2011

Guest Speakers were:

George Davidson, Interactive Counselling & Support Services

And

Janet Walton, Pyramid Community Care Services

Photo`s of the meeting will be available shortly.

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Stagecoaches Hovercraft Trial

This Video was orginally taken on the 19-07-2007 at Stagecoaches Garage on, The Prom, Kirkcaldy, Fife

At the Network Meeting on 15th April 2010, In The Kingswood Hotel, Burntisland one of the Guest Speakers
was Mr Steve Walker Operations Director, Stagecoach East Scotland.

He told the Meeting that Stagecoach was planning to start a Hovercraft Service to Fife, between Fife (Kirkcaldy and the Edinburgh side and that they were in discussions with Fife Council and Edinburgh City Council about landing sites and park and ride and other facilities plus funding. They hoped to be operating in about 18 months if all goes well.

So I thought I would put the video back onto our website.

This video is 24 minutes long

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The Videos in this page were taken at the The Independent Living in Scotland Seminar
In conjunction with the Fife Independent Disability Network
10-02-2010

In the Kingswood Hotel near Burntisland, Fife

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Reporting Hate Crime

Fife Community Safety Partnership has produced this DVD in association with Kinetic and the Safer Communities Task Group, including staff from Fife Constabulary, NHS Fife, Fife Council, FRAE Fife, Fife Mens Project, Fife Independent Disability Network, Fife Elderly Forum and Victim Support Fife.

This video was taken from the DVD and put on this website, and as such the quaility is not the best. The DVD also come with Language options which the version on this website does not. The DVD version is presented in English, Urdu, Chinese, Polish, and British Sign Language. Audio description is also provided.

This video is Approximately 107 minutes long

Further information on Fife`s approach to tackling hate crime is available from:

Fife Community Safety Partnership 08451 55 55 55 ext 441126

www.fifedirect.org.uk/reporthatecrime

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