WEBSITE DOWN FOR THE LAST FEW DAYS
You may have noticed that the website has been down for a few days. This was caused by a DDOS attack on 16 December. DDOS means Distributed Denial of Service. The 'Distributed' bit means that many computers were involved, usually ones infected by a virus that secretly obeys commands from a controlling master computer on the internet. The 'Denial of Service' bit means that they were instructed to overload the website with requests for pages until the website couldn't cope with genuine requests, causing serious problems for the server that it is stored on. To protect the server the engineers took the site down deliberately. then brought it back online 24 hours later on 17 December when the attack seemed to stop. Unfortunately the attack then started again and the site had to be taken down once more. Today (22 December) it was brought back online and the attack seems to have ended. DDOS attacks are normally directed at large corporations to bring down their websites, and why our site was attacked is a mystery. We apologise for the interrupted service, which as you will appreciate was beyond our control
WARNING OF THEFTS IN DALGETY BAY
Readers may like to know that residents in Oakfield Gate have been experiencing the theft of plant pots at the front of their houses. There have also been reports of people saying that their cars have been tampered with to see if they are locked.
2015 DALGETY BAY JUBILEE CALENDAR
The Jubilee Calendar is now available to buy. See the details in the NEWS panel on the right.
NEW COMMUNITY COUNCIL MEMBERS
Dalgety Bay now has a new Community Council! See the new line up under 'Community Council' in the QUICKLINKS panel on the left of this page
BEACH RADIATION - LETTER FROM ANNA SOUBRY MP 25 SEP 2014
The following letter was forwarded to the Chairman (among others) by Gordon Brown MP, who received it from Anna Soubry MP regarding the radiation cleanup at Dalgety Bay beach.
BEACH RADIATION - EMAIL FROM CHAIRMAN TO MOD 29 SEP 2014
To: DIO Ops North-PTSRAD (MULTIUSER)
Subject: Re: 20140925-commuinty council-u.
Further to our discussion and as requested, this is a calling notice for the DIO MOD to send a representative to attend and provide a progress report on the Management Strategy to deal with the Foreshore Radiation at our next Community Council meeting being held at 19.30 hrs on Monday 13 October in the Dalgety Church Halls. It would be useful to receive an implementation program for circulation before the meeting.
(non-relevant text removed - editor)
BEACH RADIATION - REPORT FROM GORDON BROWN 8 AUG 2014
I was pleased to be present at a successful Community Council meeting
on July 2ist in Dalgety Bay Church Hall which was ably chaired by
Colin McPhail on behalf of the Community Council. Alex Rowley MSP was
also in attendance, along with the Deputy Leader of the Council,
I was able to thank the Community Council and its Chairman Colin
McPhail for their vigilance in promoting the positive case for
remedial work at the beach and I am pleased that there was general
support for the plan we have fought so hard to achieve – the repair of
the beach area, a £10 million investment, and a new slipway for the
There was some discussion on the proportion of the particles to be
removed and the proportion to be cemented in, but it was generally
agreed that the plan to remove particles and to cement in any
remaining materials was the best way forward.
I am pleased that Fife Council is prepared to engage in a partnership
for the future management of the site after the repair work has been
I have since written to the head of DIO thanking him as he retires for
helping solve the remaining problems, and I have thanked SEPA whose
officials were present at the meeting and have proved vigilant in
demanding action from the original polluter.
I have now written to the new Defence Minister Anna Soubry MP, who has
taken over from Andrew Murrison MP, and I have reminded her of the
agreement already made while raising questions which have arisen from
the Implementation Group meeting about delays in the start of the
We were pleased to hear at the group that all work might be completed
a year early in 2017 and not, as before in 2018, but surprised that no
starting time has been given during 2014 or early 2015 apparently
because no finance has been allocated to start work in this financial
I believe this is a mistake and unnecessary economy when we could use
the autumn period to begin the removal of the particles. I have
written to the Minister asking for a reconsideration of this so that a
year is not lost in our repair timetable. I will report back to the
Community Council when I receive a reply.
At the same time I have thanked SEPA who have now agreed to give legal
and technical advice to the sailing club.
Gordon Brown MP
ARE SEAGULLS CAUSING YOU PROBLEMS?
Seagulls appear to be a growing problem in the Bay area. Are you affected? Do you need some advice? Fife Council has produced a helpful leaflet that you can download from our site as a PDF. See the OTHER INFORMATION panel on the right of every page.
BEACH RADIATION - MoD MANAGEMENT STRATEGY JULY 2014
On 10 July the MoD published its Management Strategy Report for dealing with the beach radiation issue. The Strategy was outlined by the MoD at a public meeting on 21 July, and was accepted in principle by the majority of people present in a vote at the end of the meeting. It will now be considered by the Community Council at their August meeting.
Management Strategy (PDF 800Kb)
Drawing 1 (PDF 4Mb)
Drawing 2 (PDF 4Mb)
On 11 July the MoD then published an associated news story on its website, entitled FUTURE PLANS FOR DALGETY BAY. You can read it here
Comments on the Management Strategy are welcomed through the CONTACT US page
FORTH BRIDGE SCRAPBOOKS - GET SCRAPPING
The Forth Bridges Scrapbooks project website is now live on the web at http://www.forthbridgesscrapbooks.co.uk. This is an exciting digital storytelling project, a way for the general public who hold fond memories and experiences of the Forth Bridges to record those for posterity and to share them with others. See the NEWS panel on the right for more information.
SPOTTED ANYTHING ON THE SITE THAT NEEDS UPDATING?
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LATEST For beach radiation see CUMULATIVE in LATEST NEWS
NEW SECTION - in the panel headed OTHER INFORMATION on the right of the page there is a new entry called DOWNLOADS. This leads to a page of useful downloads such as leaflets and other information, although it could also lead to other files if it proves popular. The first download is a Government leaflet about dog walking and the need to clear up any mess that your dog leaves. If you are a dog owner please take a look.