ALEX Rowley is quite right to be concerned about the capacity of the Kelty Health Centre to deal with any expansion in the village's population.

The planning application for the Cocklaw Street area would see 800 homes built increasing the population of Kelty by the best part of 2,000 people.

The MSP for Mid Scotland and Fife lives in Kelty and is very aware that the health centre has reached its capacity.

Without doubt any planning permission being granted for the housing development has to have an element in it about a replacement health centre.

There will be evidence available to strongly back his case and the West Planning Committee will no doubt be looking at that before it makes a decision on the issue.

There is plenty of evidence to allow a new health facility to be provided as part of the overall project and the developers must surely be aware of the responsibilities they carry.

And Mr Rowley is also right to mention the education aspect of this project as the village's two schools are also well filled.

The problems with attracting GPs to Kelty might also be tackled by a new health centre, so it could be a win, win situation for the village.