Leslie residents blast quarry and council

The entrance to Lomond Quarry, near Leslie, Fife
The entrance to Lomond Quarry, near Leslie, Fife
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Leslie residents have formed an action committee in the wake of continued blasting at the nearby Lomond quarry, reports NEIL HENDERSON.

A special meeting was called by the Leslie Community Council to co-ordinate a collective response to the actions of both the Skene Group, who own the quarry and Fife Council’s involvement.

The lively public meeting which attracted around 60 locals to the Baptist Church hall witnessed a number of public addresses as well as some forthright views from the floor.

Residents voiced concerns regarding the level of blasting and the potential damage to their homes. Noise pollution and the wider aspects of the possible environmental damage were also high on the agenda.

Several residents present voiced concerns relating to the amount of lorries accessing the quarry and the long-term implications.

The formation of the Leslie Quarry Action Group Committee was agreed

Yvonne Duncan who organised the meeting explained the community council’s activity to date. She also laid out plans regarding complaints made to the Ombudsman against Fife Council and the immediate plans for the group.

These complaints regarded alleged breaches of administration and negligence in following correct procedures surrounding the planning application process.

Miss Duncan told the Gazette: “We effectively have a 20 year sentence handed to us with respect to the blasting.

“Already we are seeing real damage to homes and properties close to the blast site and this is only going to escalate.

“There is a lot of anger and frustration amongst the people of Leslie and it’s about time that our voice is heard.”

A number of future meetings are planned as they aim to build a case to halt blasting at the quarry.

The Gazette sought comment from Fife Council regarding the issues raised by the action group.

Unfortunately, no comment was able to be compiled before this week’s edition went to press.

neil.henderson@fifetoday.co.uk

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