Heavy goods traffic to and from Lomond Quarry in Leslie is to be greatly reduced following plans to relocate the concrete batching plant across town.
Owners Skene Group are to move the entire concrete processing opporation currently based at the quarry to their new £1 million ready-mix concrete plant at Viewfield industrial estate safeguarding 35 jobs and creating six new positions in the process.
A planning application and subsiquent approval for the plant was granted in 2011.
The move, which is understood will be completed in April, will reduce the number of heavy vehicles on the roads surrounding the quarry site by up to 40 per cent.
The owners say the computer-controlled site is the latest example of their commitment to a greener environment.
Neil Skene, managing director, told the Gazette: “While we remain busy securing contracts in the housing, cargo handling, warehousing and general construction industries, we are continually looking for ways to help improve environment. The new plant is yet another step to making Skene Group a much greener company.”
The move has been given a cautious welcome by residents campaigning against blasting and for greater regulation of quarry activity.
Yvonne Duncan, from Lomond Quarry Action Group, said: “We believe the transfer of this operation should have been carried out well before now, reducing the number of lorries and associated effects on the local community.
“We’re delighted that it is finally being transferred and expect this will be a permanent move.”