Leslie quarry owner to pick up road costs

Fife Council is to pass on the majority of a �96,000 road maintenance bill to Skene Group,  the owner of Lomond Quarry.
Fife Council is to pass on the majority of a �96,000 road maintenance bill to Skene Group, the owner of Lomond Quarry.
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The owners of a quarry close to Leslie are to pick up a substantial share of road resurfacing costs scheduled to be undertaken this spring.

Fife Council is obliged to pass on a large percentage of the estimated £96,000 worth of road maintenance bill to Skene Group, which operates Lomond Quarry.

The charge is to cover proportioned costs because of damage by heavy goods vehicles.

Skene Group is obliged to meet the payment along with Fife Council’s transportation services, as outlined in the Section 75 agreement of their planning concent.

The Gazette understands a suggested 80 per cent of the overal cost, which would cover the estimated road usage by HGV vehicles going to and from the quarry, is to be passed to the owners.

Back in June 2014, the Council was roundly criticised when the Gazette revealed Skene had not been charged a penny in costs, despite the legal agreement being in in place since August 2012.

Jim Birrell, senior manager of planning, said: “Following a road inspection at the end of last year, we discovered a section of the Balinbreich Road needed resurfaced.

“We’ve advised Skene of the work needed. We’re currently in discussion with it over its share of the cost of this repair.”

The news has been welcomed by a Glenrothes councillor, as well as members of Leslie Community Council. who have pressed for the costs to be passed on since the planning consent was granted.

Councillor John Wincott, who has been monitoring the situation, welcomed the move.

He said: “I am pleased we have addressed this issue at last.

“The only question now seems be the agreement over the apportionment of costs and I am hopeful that the company will quickly agree the majority of the repair costs should be borne by it.

“This will mean the works can be scheduled and completed early this summer.”