Members of the Lomond Quarry Action Group gave a clear and defiant message of ‘We’re here to stay’ following the group’s first meeting of 2012, reports NEIL HENDERSON.
The group, who are campaigning to stop blasting at the Skene Group-owned site and unhappy in the way in which Fife Council have handled the affair were given a new year boost with the attendance of Glenrothes and Central Fife MP, Lindsay Roy at their first January meeting.
Mr Roy listened to the grievances of several of the Leslie residents living closest to the quarry (in one case, just 55 metres from the site boundary) and discussed various aspects of the campaign, including Fife Council’s handling of complaints.
After being brought up to speed on the group’s progress Mr. Roy told those present: “I am happy to continue to offer my support to your efforts to get Fife Council to handle the enforcement of planning restrictions in a much more effective and proper manner.
“There is ample evidence that operations are effectively and thoroughly regulated at other quarry sites across Fife so why is Leslie quarry an exception?
“I have made several requests for a formal meeting with Fife Council’s Chief Executive, Ronnie Hinds and I will now stress the urgency of this.”
He later told the Gazette: “I have now received around 70 representations in recent months, mainly from individual Leslie residents clearly unhappy with the situation.
“With the number of complaints the council have received [over 850 to date] and the lack of progress in the eyes of these residents there is a very real feeling that those at Fife House are treating those concerns with contempt.”
Vice chair of the action group, John Wincott was pleased by the level of support shown by the MP.
He said: “There is a galvanising of support being shown by councillors, MSP’s and the visit of Mr Roy lends further weight to the action group’s cause.
“We now have over 150 members that together have a voice that wants to be heard.”