Calls for new quarry ‘liaison committee’

Councillor Bill Kay at Ramsey Gardens, Leslie- ready to witness a blast at the nearby Lomond Quarry. 15/2/12

Councillor Bill Kay at Ramsey Gardens, Leslie- ready to witness a blast at the nearby Lomond Quarry. 15/2/12

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CALLS have been made for the re-introduction of a ‘liaison committee’ to help resolve some of the issues surrounding Lomond Quarry, reports NEIL HENDERSON.

Councillor Bill Kay has made the suggestion following the rejection by members of the Lomond Quarry Action Group (LQAG) of fellow councillor, Fiona Grant’s suggestion of a mediated meeting with quarry owners, Skene Group.

Councillor Kay highlights the relative success of the St Ninians Liaison Committee which deals with the opencast quarry near Dunfermline that has the potential to be mirrored locally.

He told the Gazette: “At it’s most productive such a set-up would have representations from all parties but there has to be a genuine desire to resolve problems, not just use it as an opportunity for points scoring.”

Asked about such a proposal, Lomond Quarry owner Neil Skene told the Gazette: “I have no comment to make regarding the formation of any such committee at this time.”

Yvonne Duncan, Chair of LAQG said there was ‘potential’ and added: “The previous attempt failed miserably as I feel it didn’t take on board the true concerns of the residents. There has to be a genuine desire from all sides to work to resolving the issues that are well documented for any such committee to succeed, but the action group welcomes any suggestion that would move the issues forward.”

Should the 2009 planning consent be implemented, the Section 75 agreement states ‘The Liaison Committee will be constituted, or reconstituted as the case may be on the Commencement of Development’.

Jim Birrell from Fife House said: “We are aware of the suggestion of setting up a liaison committee or similar forum, as this was also something that was raised during my recent meeting with Lindsay Roy MP and we will investigate the viability of this idea.”